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Pupils to learn where food comes from before Savour the Flavour event comes to Wincanton

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Learning where your food comes from has been shown to encourage healthy eating in school children and pupils from Wincanton Primary School are set to explore local food production in the area.

As a part of the ‘Savour the Flavour’ event to be held in Wincanton, LEAF Education will be working with Wincanton Primary School to explore local food production.

LEAF Education is a charity specialising in working with teachers, farmers and others to inspire and educate future generations about farming, food and the countryside.

Debbie Hicks from Leaf Education said: “During the workshop, Wincanton Primary School pupils will carry out Science and English-linked activities to explore the story of apple production, finishing with a taste of locally produced apple juice.  

“At Leaf Education, we want all children to leave school able to make inspired and informed decisions about food and its production, so Savour the Flavour offers a perfect opportunity to support this aim with local school children.”

Oliver Dowding, owner of Dowding’s who produce apple juice and cider from their orchard near Wincanton in Somerset, will be joining LEAF at the event to speak to pupils. Oliver said: “I think it's wonderful that events such as this are being staged where there is opportunity to give children insight into where their food comes from and how it is produced. Meeting the farmers is extremely helpful as they will better understand that it's a person on a farm who produces their food, and how they do it, not a supermarket.”

Savour the Flavour is being organised by South Somerset District Council, to showcase and celebrate the highest quality produce, producers and artisan food retailers from South Somerset and the surrounding areas.

The event is being held on Saturday 30 March 2019 in Wincanton and will feature an exciting programme, including: an Artisan Market in the Memorial Hall, featuring award winning produce from Somerset Cheese Company, The Unusual Pork Pie & Meat Pie Co, Harth Truffles, Easy Bean, Wraxall Vineyard, Gluten Free Gourmet, Godminster Cheese and more.

A programme of activities will take place at other town centre locations, including storytelling, competitions, archive film and live music. Town Centre businesses will be offering samples, offers and special activities for the day.

Councillor Nick Weeks, Chairman of South Somerset District Council’s Area East Committee, which agreed funding to support the event, said: “Savour the Flavour combines interactive community activities with a food theme and also includes feature archive film exposing the rich food heritage of the area and performance. Agriculture also plays a big role in the production of local food and we have some superb small and large agricultural businesses who produce local cheeses, butters and creams; all of which will be on display at the event. I very much hope it will be an enjoyable family event, providing the best food and drink production in Wincanton and the surrounding area.”

South Somerset’s long agricultural heritage is rich with traditional family farms, which, for generations have supported the food sector. This is reflected in today’s diverse range and size of local food businesses from small scale producers supplying a local farmers’ markets to internationally known brands.

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