This year we shall be looking to the future with a new feature – the School’s One Pot Challenge. The Festival has teamed up with Foodfuture Bridport and Communities Living Sustainably to create a new cooking challenge with a twist.
Combining essential knowledge of the curriculum with a fun hands-on cooking lesson in a designer street food truck, the One Pot Challenge is a chance for children to learn how to make a sustainable family meal which protects health, supports the local economy and is good for the planet too.
Children from four of Bridport’s Primary Schools will be devising recipes and learning about smart ways of shopping and eating before cooking them up with Giles Smith, Street Food Trader and Proprietor of Stewed and Baked. Some of the schools taking part are already working towards and Eco=Schools Green Flag award, which recognises schools’ efforts to reduce their environmental impact and make learning for sustainability a part of school life.
Organiser, Kate Handley, of Foodfuture Bridport said “The response from schools and teachers has been fantastic, there is a real enthusiasm for this challenge. It will be a real treat for pupils to learn alongside a professional chef and compete with other schools to have Giles cook the winning recipe on the main Festival Day on Saturday 13 June”
Giles will be driving his unit into schools to do a series of cook-offs with students in the first week of June. Each school will practice with two recipes and the favourite will be submitted to festival judges by June 9th.
“Bridport Food Festival is really excited about this initiative. Linking local food to creating healthy and sustainable recipes has to be a great opportunity to get our children thinking about where their food comes from and how it is produced” said Amanda Streatfeild, Chairman, Bridport Local Food Group.
The criteria include marks for how appetizing and imaginative the dish is and how healthy and sustainable. The winning recipe will be cooked and sold by Giles on the main festival day