Say No to Waste for the AFF Grow It, Cook It, Eat It Competition 2014

Calling all schools and groups in the South East Wales area with young people of secondary school age. Now’s the time to sign up to the 2014  Abergavenny Food Festival ‘Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ competition. This year’s theme is ‘No Waste’.

Last year’s winners were King Henry VIII School who came up trumps with their Harvest Meal Recipe. Here’s a pic of the winners, with Judges Kate Humble and Julie Barratt, Director, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (Wales)

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The competition is a really important part of the Festival and gives students the chance to show off their culinary skills and perform centre stage. It is an eagerly anticipated part of the Food Academy at the Castle, sponsored for the second year running by Organic Centre Wales with Waitrose Abergavenny contributing to the cost of the ingredients.

Prizes are being provided by The Celtic Manor Resort. The lucky winners will be awarded Celtic Manor Resort  5 in 1 Adventure Activity Passes. These comprise a full day of fun across the full range of Celtic Manor activities including 18 hole Adventure Golf , Forest Jump Treetop Adventure, Laser Combat and Archery or Crossbow and a snack and soft drink. And a ‘best food hygiene’ prize awarded by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health will also be up for grabs.

Groups are being asked to plan a week of dinners, with a close eye on minimising waste. For instance they might want to consider:

* using ingredients for more than one meal
* creative use of leftovers
* composting and recycling
* growing their own produce to avoid unnecessary packaging
* using local (ie: ingredients produced within a 50 mile radius) to reduce air miles/carbon footprint

These are suggestions to get you started. Add your own ideas too.

Students should also consider the shelf-life of their food and how it should be stored safely, and the benefits of using organic produce.

The Festival is big on recycling and reducing waste so the ‘No Waste’ theme goes right to the heart of the event.

The judges will be looking for delicious, healthy meals which can easily be adapted to suit most households.

Two finalists will be chosen to cook their choice of one dish from their menu at the Abergavenny Food Festival on Sunday 21st September, with the winner being crowned on the day.

Feedback from the schools and groups who have taken part in previous years has always been very positive. It has proved to be a fantastic way not only to help young people learn about choosing and eating healthy, locally produced, food, but also giving them the skills to prepare a meal and the satisfaction that comes from doing it.

Please e.mail kirsty@abergavennyfoodfestival.com to confirm the details of your group and be sure to submit your entry by Friday 4 July. Finalists will be notified before the end of the school year on Friday 18 July. Garden Organic is kindly donating seeds, so please let Kirsty know if you require any seeds for your produce.

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One Response to Say No to Waste for the AFF Grow It, Cook It, Eat It Competition 2014

  1. kirstys74 says:

    Reblogged this on Caught My Eye and commented:
    I love the Abergavenny Food Festival. This competition is an excellent way to get older children interested in practical cooking.

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