Kent Primary Schools Invited to Think Local for ‘Kent Is Delicious’ Competition

Schools visiting the Living Land Exhibition last week each received a free strawberry plant for their school gardens in order to inspire them to get involved with this year’s ‘Kent is Delicious’ competition.

Held in partnership with the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework, the Kent Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent, NFU Swale and Whitehead Monckton Solicitors, the aim of the competition is to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce.

The competition is open to all primary schools in Kent with children asked to devise a recipe for a pudding or dessert using ingredients grown, produced or farmed locally to them. All entries to the competition will be included in a book of Kentish recipes to be published later in the year.

Six schools will be chosen to go through to the final where they will be invited to make their dish at the Kent County Show have it tasted by a panel of judges.

The  Revd  Canon  Caroline  Pinchbeck,  Director  of  the  Communities  and  Partnerships Framework explained why the Diocese was involved:

“There has been so much controversy surrounding food in recent years; from concerns about where our food is coming from, to the standards of food production and the overall health of our young people.

“It is therefore more important than ever, not just socially, but morally too, for us to try and educate and enthuse our young people as to the benefits of making good food choices which include local and seasonal produce, not only to support our local economy but to create a healthier society too.”

Last year’s winners, the Charing Church of England Primary School impressed with their locally inspired Jubilee menu which included the dish they prepared on the day; Honey Ice-cream with Royal Sovereign Strawberry and Rhubarb Compote and Lavender Shortbread. As part of their prize, they received free transport to the Living Land exhibition.

Niki Patterson, Headteacher said: “The ‘Kent is Delicious’ competition was a wonderful opportunity for pupils to engage in creative appreciation of the rich and varied produce of Kent: from harvesting our raw materials to cooking alfresco to proudly presenting the fruits of our labour at the County Show. It brought the wider school community together to achieve, celebrate and give thanks to God for His wonderful Earth.”

Entries must be in by Wednesday 5th June, and more details about the competition can be found at: https://www.canterburydiocese.org/candpframework/communityprojects/kentisdelicious.htm

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Further information from: Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnership Network, Diocese of Canterbury: 01227 459401 / jross@diocant.org

Notes for editors

  • Photos:

–       Rt RevTrevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, with children from Charing C of E School at Living Land.

–       Group shot of supporters of last year’s Kent is Delicious competition and children from Charing C of E school at Living Land. (Back left to right: Jill Sargent – Produced in Kent, Rt Rev Trevor Willmott – Bishop of Dover, Tish Neave – Chair, Women’s Farming Union, Alex Betts – Biddenden Vineyard, Revd Caroline Pinchbeck – Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework, Roz Day – Director, KCAS, Janice Harrison – RE Coordinator at Charing School. Middle in red: Sarah Calcutt – Chairman, National Fruit Show)

–       Member of the Communities and Partnerships team giving out strawberry plants

  • The strawberry plants were kindly donated by local Faversham producer, Langdon Manor Farm.
  • The presentation of the prize will be held at the Kent County Show on Friday 12th July, 2013 between 12noon and 4pm (exact time yet to be confirmed).
  • The prize-winning school will receive a funded coach for years 3 and 4 to attend the extremely popular Living Land Event on 6th May 2014, which is held annually at the Kent Showground, Detling.
  • Videos and artwork supplied to record the process of the finalist’s work will form part of a display at the County Harvest Thanksgiving service to be held in Canterbury Cathedral on 6th October 2013.
  • The Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnership Network aims to empower parishes and deaneries to serve their communities by working in partnerships with others. The Network has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities.
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