The Grain Chain

Archive for July, 2009

Summer’s cooking

Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Children's Food Festival

Raymond Blanc at the Children's Food Festival. Image courtesy of Kate Raworth.

Keep cooking over the holidays

It will soon be holiday time, leaving your pupils with even more time on their hands to experiment in the kitchen. Why don’t you set a summer holiday project for your pupils to practise recipes at home with their parents and report back in September? There are plenty of recipes on the Grain Chain site to help them. They could make scones for a summer afternoon tea party, or decorated fairy cakes to sell at your school or local summer fĂȘte.

Summer fair news

Don’t forget The Royal Show is taking place on the 7-10 July. For more information see the last blog entry, and their website:

Open Farm Sunday was a huge success this year, with over 140,000 visitors being welcomed onto 425 farms, supported by over 5,500 helpers! Read reports and see photos of the day here. If you missed out on a visit this year, make a note in your diary that next year’s Open Farm Sunday will be taking place on Sunday, 13th June.

The Children’s Food Festival took place in Oxfordshire at the weekend, and also proved a big hit with children and adults. Over 14,000 families were treated to hands-on cookery demonstrations and talks from more than 20 top chefs and cookery writers, including Raymond Blanc and Sophie Grigson. Read more and see photos here

Summer fairs over the holidays

Even though the summer holidays are fast approaching there are still plenty of events happening all over the country to keep your pupils busy over the holidays. Here are details of just a couple for you to tell your pupils about:

Hampshire Food Festival – Around 140 events spread over the county!

When: All through July

What’s going on? All sorts of food activities happening across Hampshire Download the full programme here.

For more information, go to

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

When: 28th- 30th July

What’s going on? Agricultural and Equestrian Show – animals, competitions, children’s entertainment and more.

To find out more and arrange a visit, go to

For more information about what is happening in your area over the summer holidays, check the events calendar on the Think Food and Farming website (

That’s all from the Grain Chain blog for the time-being, but we hope to see you back here in the autumn! Have a great summer.