National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

13 July 2012

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is showcasing its talent at Leeds Castle near Maidstone when the Olympic Torch relay arrives on Thursday 19 July. Young Farmers’ Club members from across Kent will be holding a cookery demonstration as part of its Great British Food for Great British Athletes project and have invited Jim Paice, the agriculture minister, to sample the fare. The initiative, which gained a prestigious London 2012 Inspire Mark, will use locally sourced produce, promoting the role that British farmers are playing in encouraging consumers to buy sustainable, local food. Working in partnership with Natural England the NFYFC have been holding cookery demonstrations at 10 Olympic Torch Relay sites around the country.

The idea is an evolution of the annual cookery competition that NFYFC has held for over 30 years; challenging clubs to come up with inventive meals using local produce and giving young people hands-on experience of food and cookery. Kent Young Farmers will prepare a ‘meal in a bun’ on camping stoves and the organisation’s cow mascot, Supermoo, will be on hand to entertain the crowds.

Food and Farming Minister Jim Paice said: “Farmers and the food they produce are vital to British life and the economy and these events perfectly showcase our high quality produce. We’re already working to grow food and drink exports but the Olympics provides the perfect platform to show the world just how great British food can be. I hope it fuels the engines of our Olympic athletes, giving them the edge to take gold this summer.”

NFYFC Agriculture Chair Helen Reeve said: “NFYFC’s Agriculture Forum wanted to help promote British food and farming during London 2012.  We have worked with Natural England to develop and deliver a project to include as many YFC members as possible during the Olympic Torch Relay.  We are excited and delighted that farming minister Jim Paice will see for himself what Young Farmers can do to support British farming.”


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