Friday 13th doesn’t sound like a very propitious date for an awards ceremony. But the one held at Clements Hall in York on Friday 13th March was a big hit. I know. I was there!
Six local York primary schools gathered to receive their Food For Life Awards, and to show us what they had been doing to improve – nay transform – the food culture in their schools. It was very inspiring!
The schools received their awards from the Director of York Food and Drink Festival, local restaurateur Michael Hjort of Meltons. As part of the celebrations a variety of food-related activities were put on for the children, including an interactive poetry performance from me, smoothie making with UGOT, and seed sowing with Garden Organic. Oh, and there was poetry writing too …
Yes, ably assisted by Vikki Pendry of York Edible Schools, I ran a couple of poetry writing workshops in which the children created some fabulous poems about mystery fruit and veg.
Here I am trying to guess the veg …
A big thank you goes to Chloe Smee of York Food for Life Partnership, who put so much work into making the afternoon such a success. (And, indeed, into making the whole FFLP work so well in York.) You can read more about what we all got up to here.
Best of all I was given a special invitation to go and enjoy a school lunch at one of the award-winning schools, Fishergate Primary. I’m very much looking forward to this!
However, now comes the hard work, as a group of us grown-ups have to select the very best of the poems the children wrote. Why? Well, these poems will feature on special place mats that are going to be created for local restaurants to use in this September’s York Food and Drink Festival. (You may recall I have performed as part of this festival.) I’ll let you know when and where you can find these place mats. Will you be able to guess the fruit or veg?
(Stop press: You can read about a similar event in Calderdale here. And if you’d like some poetry performance and workshops on the subjects of food, healthy eating and growing where you are, just get in touch!)