Orford: School to take part in celebrity chef Jamie Oliver-inspired Food Revolution Day

ORFORD Primary School and members of the local village community will be taking part in Food Revolution Day, a global day of action backed by the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

Thousands of people worldwide are set to participate in events on Saturday, May 19, 2012, with events scheduled between May 18-May 20. They aim to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases, and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices.

Orford Primary School’s Kitchen Garden Project has been running for two years as a pilot project for the Jamie Oliver Foundation, thanks to the combined efforts of the local community, and the educational charity Eastfeast.

Using an approach that has been fully integrated into the school’s curriculum, the project teaches children the joys of growing and cooking their own food in the hope of planting a seed for positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.

All Food Revolution Day net funds raised will go to support food education projects for both children and adults through Jamie Oliver’s foundation projects in the US, UK and Australia.

The Orford School Kitchen Garden Project has been working in partnership with The Jamie Oliver Foundation to help local children from Orford and surrounding primary schools with the skills they need to prepare meals from scratch and the knowledge to make better food choices for themselves and their future families. All funds raised in Orford will be going directly into the local School’s Kitchen Garden Project at Orford Primary.

The weekend of events will bring an international community of foodies, chefs, parents and educators, companies and celebrities to unite around their right to healthy food.

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The Orford community wants its Food Revolution Day event to be a village affair showcasing the range and quality of local food produce available in the area.

It is planning to hold a specially expanded Orford Saturday Market on Saturday, May 19, from 9am to 1pm with fringe events throughout the afternoon. Some ideas being discussed are promotional lunches, bakery tours and cooking classes.

Local food businesses and producers are being invited to join in and promote their food fayre with a market stall. The Crown and Castle and The Pump Street Bakery have already agreed to get involved.

If you are a local producer and would like to be involved in Orford’s Food Revolution Day Market, please contact joanna@pumpstreetbakery.com. The limited pitches are priced at �10.