Food has been a pretty big focus for the team here at HQ in recent months. I’m not talking about what we are scoffing for lunch but the Club’s Eat Local campaign which we are about to re-launch at the Spring Caravan & Camping Show at the NEC Birmingham next week.
With the help of partners Calor and Outwell, we’ve been working on a range of videos and new web pages as well as a guidebook aimed at inspiring campers to get behind the campaign and to get talking about food.
Written by Ali Ray, our magazines Eat Local columnist, the guide features a handful of our Club Sites and Ali’s suggestions of her top food spots nearby. I hope you enjoy it and feel inspired to offer your suggestions...
....which brings me to our new dedicated Eat Local web pages. This is where we want to get our members involved in sharing ideas about great food places as well as their recipes. The site will also be a brilliant resource for ideas of where to buy local produce close to our sites.
Finally, there’s the recipe videos. We persuaded Ali to ‘do-a-Deliah’ and took her to our Verwood site to film her cooking some camping recipes. Over two days, the team dodged the rain to produce some fun, and hopefully useful, recipe videos for you to watch on-line via the Eat Local website.
Now, more than ever, it seems the perfect time to re-think the way we buy our food. As Ali always tells me: “Buying local food means we can be more aware of what we are eating.
Supporting local farmers means we are putting money back into those rural communities and protecting the countryside around us – the things we love about the places we camp. All that and tasty fresh food too.” Seems to make sense.
I hope we inspire you to get involved too. Check out www.eatlocalguide.co.uk from Tuesday and come and visit us and Ali at our Club Stand at the Show (19 to 24th).
With a strong background in journalism and public relations, Jon is the Club’s Senior Communications Manager.
From his fresh-faced days in the Scouts building campfires and digging holes in the ground (we’ll leave the rest to your imagination!), Jon has always had an infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors and loves nothing more than waking up on a campsite to the dawn chorus. When not pitching his tent, Jon’s hobbies include football, cricket and golf.