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Plymouth Big Food Event – BFE

10/06/2014 - 14/06/2014

Click to download the Big Food Event FlyerPlymouth Big Food Event (BFE) is a celebration of good food in the city and will feature:

Tuesday 10th June, Big Food Debate: SW Regional Sustainable Food & Fish Conference, National Marine Aquarium 

  • A day to connect people and explore ideas for a healthy and sustainable city
  • Speaker Carolyn Steel, a leading thinker on sustainable food cities and author of ‘The Hungry City’
  • Presentation of  Plymouth Food Awards, voted for by the people of Plymouth
  • Food expo with local producers, suppliers, chefs and advisors
  • Three afternoon food debates to explore sustainable; fish, catering and community food
  • A school cookery competition to showcase local produce and skills

Saturday 14th June: Big Food Festival: Local Producers Market & Food is Fun Cookery Theatre and entertainment, outside the City Market on Frankfort Gate.

  • Top chefs; Jacques Marchal, Richard Hunt, Bruce Cole, Glen Cosby from Bake it Big, and River Cottage; will all be cooking up a feast of culinary delights
  • Local Produce Market: A whole range of delicious local produce, some come try and buy some wonderful food.
  • From 2 – 3pm, following the Lord Mayors procession, don’t miss entertainers Robin Henkel with Mama Tokus, with food blues and soul – tunes to make your mouth water! A real treat as Robin and Ric are over from California to headline the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival from 13- 15th June www.barbicanjazzandbluesfestival.com
  • Cookery Theatre ScheduleSaturday 14th June 2014Frankfurt Gate, opposite City Market 
    9.30am Jacques Marchal Family friendly dishes using local produce
    10.30am School Cookery Demonstration with Bruce Cole Old Priory Junior Academy or Leigham Primary School
    11.15am Jacques Marchal Quick and easy meals
    12.00pm School Cookery Demonstration and Bruce Cole Salisbury Road Primary School or Pilgrim Primary School
    12.45pm Lloyd Down Fresh fish dishes
    1.30pm Glen Cosby, Bake it Big Sweet Treats
    2.30pm School Cookery Demonstration and Bruce Cole Oreston Academy or Compton Primary School
    3.15pm River Cottage A selection of dishes cooked by the River Cottage chefs
    4.00pm Jacques Marchal and Bruce Cole Saturday night in – dishes worth staying in for!


  • Local produce marquee with Tamar Grow Local at Plymouth University, as part of their Lord Mayors Day celebrations.
  • Market and cookery demos also at Sutton Harbour, so come down and celebrate La Solitaire Figaro and Jazz festival at the Barbican afterwards.

Other BFE happenings:

  • Local Food Roots film, The Radical Cinema & Local Food Buffet, Bread & Roses, with Transition Plymouth – 11th June  The trailer can be found here:  http://localfoodfilm.org.uk   There will also be food available in the form of a local food platter by Bread and Roses which will be available on the night.
  • Fairport Coop are offering 10 percent discount on local produce throughout BFE, as well as 10 percent off all food on Thursday 12th. On 14th they will have a stall at the local produce market offering free samples of sourdough bread from column bakery Devonport, Tamar co-op apple juice and vegan brownies made in Plymouth, Carleys Cornish nut and seed butters (find them at stall 99 City Market).
  • Schools across the city are putting on food activities throughout the week.  Six Plymouth primary schools are going head to head in the BFE Challenge; a Ready, Steady, Cook style competition. Schools will create their own ‘Plymouth themed’ dishes, and cook them in front of an audience. The teams will be supported by top local chefs, Bruce Cole from The Moorland Garden Hotel and Richard Hunt, Devon Scone Company. Schools taking part are; Salisbury Road Primary, Pilgrim Primary, Compton C of E Primary, Old Priory Junior Academy, Oreston Academy and Leigham Primary.  Plympton St Mary’s Infant School the children are designing a healthy pizza and the winning recipe will be on the school menu.
  • Plymouth University catering will be offering local, seasonal and organic food promotions throughout BFE.
  • Restaurants: BFE Local Menus are being offered by:  Il Capriccio Italian Restaurant, 4 Frankfort Gate www.ilcapriccio.co.uk   Bistro One, 68 Ebrington Street, www.bistro-one.co.uk   For a full list of restaurants serving local food visit Food Plymouth’s Good Food Map www.foodplymouth.org


Traci Lewis, Food Plymouth Coordinator, commented: “The event is a city-wide celebration of good food. With so much going on in the city we want visitors to also taste and enjoy our fantastic local produce, we also want a food event for Plymouth which everyone can get involved with. As Plymouth is home to many of the region’s leading buyers, chefs and suppliers of quality local food and drink, whilst Devon and Cornwall have a wealth of fantastic produce. It’s a great opportunity to taste and enjoy some of the wonderful food here on our doorstep.

“The event will coincide with Lord Mayors Day in the City on Saturday 14th June, along with the Solitaire du Figaro Yacht race and Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival from 13th – 15th. A great weekend to be in Plymouth, so keep it free!”

 All general & press enquiries: Traci Lewis M 07870 268 654  info@foodplymouth.org
Trade Bookings:
10th June:  Trade Expo, National Marine Aquarium – contact Tami Skelton, Food is Fun tami@foodisfun.org.uk
14th June: Local Produce Market, New George Street  – contact Robert Hambridge, City Markets, Robert.Hambridge@plymouth.gov.uk T 01752 306 552


Notes to editors:

For media enquiries, please contact:

The Soil Association press office on: 0117 914 2448/ 0117 314 5170 or press@soilassociation.org

For general and sponsorship enquiries about the Plymouth Big Food Event, contact Traci Lewis on: 07870 268654 or info@foodplymouth.org

For trade and school enquiries: 10th June:  Trade Expo, National Marine Aquarium – contact Tami Skelton, Food is Fun: tami@foodisfun.org.uk or 07818 450968

 To take part in the Local Producer Market on 14th June, contact Robert Hambridge, City Markets: Robert.Hambridge@plymouth.gov.uk or 01752 306 552

About Food Plymouth: A city-wide food partnership which works to support the aims of the Plymouth Food Charter and Sustainable Food City Plymouth Action Plan, promoting a vibrant and resilient local food economy for a more healthy and sustainable city.

About Food is Fun: A Plymouth based Community Interest Company who delivers events and educational activities to explore food in a fun way to support healthy eating and learning.

About Flavour Fest  The South West’s largest food and drink festival at the City Centre’s Piazza from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August 2014.

About Plymouth City MarketsWe aim to provide visitors with a traditional, friendly shopping experience and a true taste of Plymouth.

About the Sustainable Food City Network: A network of public, private and third sector organisations and local communities to work together to improve their food system and to use food as a catalyst to tackle local challenges.

About Plymouth City Council School Meals Service: First Local Authority in England to serve all their meals to Food for Life Catering Mark Gold Standard.

Supporters include: Devon Contract Waste, Food smiths, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth City Markets, Plymouth City Centre Company, Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC, Plymouth University, Soil Association, Tamar View Fruiterers,



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