Roast Dinner Day a great success once again!
20 November – Last Wednesday, hundreds of schools from all over England celebrated the third annual Food for Life Partnership Roast Dinner Day.
Members of the community, parents and grandparents were invited into FFLP schools to enjoy a roast dinner, served with locally sourced and seasonal vegetables, followed by a homemade dessert. FFLP staff from around the country took the opportunity to visit schools from as far afield as Bath to Halifax, Exeter to Nuneaton and here is just a flavour of what they reported of the day:
• At Holy Trinity Primary School in Calderdale, the Mayor (in full regalia) and guests from the local care home were all served a lovely roast dinner by the pupils. Classical music played during the school dinner service which is the norm at this school during lunch!
• At Ladysmith Infant School in Exeter, cook Tanya showed off produce from the garden, using carrots and beetroot in the dinner. She now runs regular cookery master classes for the children.
• At Chad Varah Primary School in Lincoln, Year 5 and 6 pupils rounded off their roast dinner by serving up a choice of three crumbles to 120 staff, pupils and special invited guests. After lunch, they had an assembly where the school was presented with their bronze FFLP award.
• At Poole Grammar School, two school FFLP ambassadors in year 12 and13 talked about FFLP in assembly, to encourage younger pupils to get involved in the school food group. Poole Grammar provides meals to five schools in the area and is well on the way to applying for their gold award.
• At Carr Junior School in York, caterers ISS gave out recipes to pupils, whilst city Councillors and Directors of Public Health enjoyed a tour of the school.
• At Clough Head Junior and Infant School in Golcar, Kirklees, the panoramic views of the Yorkshire moors made the roast dinner even more enjoyable. It was very tempting to go for a walk after the roasties and apple crumble.
Haworth Primary School, a Gold school in Yorkshire hosted FFLP Director Libby Grundy who said, “I have been amazed and inspired by the happy learning taking place everywhere at Haworth Primary, with food at its heart. As well as a fabulous school lunch I also tasted Viking Broad Bean Cake (food would have been important to the Vikings too!) and saw and smelled the cakes and biscuits being baked to support Children in Need“.
Jeanette Orrey MBE, FFLP Policy Advisor visited three schools on Roast Dinner Day and was delighted to see that “in the third year of Roast Dinner Day, the schools that I visited have certainly not lost the enthusiasm for the day, with fresh and local and in some cases home grown vegetables being served to pupils. It is fantastic to see so many schools taking part and the whole community celebrating the great food our school cooks are doing on a daily basis”.
Well done to all schools who took part. Please don’t forget to submit your blogs to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. The closing date is this Friday, 23rd November.