The Grain Chain

DATA conference, Royal Show and ‘credit crunch lunches’

Design and Technology conference

The Annual Design and Technology Asssociation conference is taking place at Loughborough University on Tuesday 30 June – Thursday 2 July. Wednesday’s food-related activities include sessions on ‘Implementing the new healthy eating policies through your food lessons’ and from Sainsbury’s Active Kids Get Cooking, and on Thursday you can learn about ‘Training the next generation of food teachers’.  To view the complete conference programme and book a place at the conference, visit the Design and Technology Association website at

The Royal Show 7 – 10 July 2009 rs-logo-gold-blue-cmyk

This year’s Royal Show is taking place from 7- 10 July in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. The Royal Show is ‘the UK’s leading agricultural show’ and is presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of England. The Grain Chain Team will be attending the Royal Show and will be appearing at the Education Village. Organised by Face and with support from the HGCA and DairyCo, the Education Village is hoping to attract over 6000 school children.  The HGCA team will be doing paper-making, bread-baking and the grain art activity. DairyCo will be introducing children to the working life of a dairy farm, with free samples of milk, cheese and yoghurt samples.  Come along and try it for yourself!

For general information about this year’s Royal Show, visit To find out more about the Education Village and school visits, go to

‘Credit crunch lunch’ means more making their own sandwiches

According to a recent newspaper article, sales of bread are rising as more people make their own packed lunches to take to work or school.  You could take a look at the recipe section on the Grain Chain site for ideas for homemade snacks for packed lunches and suggest your pupils make their own.  They could then report back in class on the success of their lunch, how they might improve it next time they make it and so on.

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