Since its inception in 2014, the Emsworth British Food Fortnight has become a much loved and tremendously successful showcase for both Emsworth itself and both local and regional produce. The event won national recognition when it was winner of the Harvest Heroes Competition in 2014 - organised by Love British Food, in conjunction with The Telegraph, as part of British Food Fortnight. Emsworth came runner up, on the only two other occasions it entered the competition, to the cities of Bath and Peterborough.
Using these themes Education, Community, and Celebration, the Food Fortnight has always looked to encourage a wide range of events, encompassing as many people of all ages and backgrounds as possible to take part and get involved. The range of activities was both varied and inclusive and included as some of its core events – local produce markets, wine tastings, food education in local primary schools, working with a local Technical College’s Catering departments, establishing food banks, an open air Harvest Festival Service, charity lunches on Emsworth’s famous quay, community apple pressing and beer festivals.
Note – British Food Fortnight is an annual showcase initiated by Love British Food and the dates for this year are 21st September to 6th October.