Lancaster’s Food Assembly wins Best Food Initiative

Joanne Halliwell, Lancaster Food Assembly Host
Joanne Halliwell, Lancaster Food Assembly Host

The Food Assembly picked up the gong for ‘Best British Food Initiative’ at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Food World’, last night The Food Assembly received the Best British Food Initiative title for bringing communities together to support local food producers, and for its far-reaching benefits around Britain.

Lancaster’s Food Assembly, with over 300 members, enables people to buy directly off farmers and local foodmakers, and were congratulated on its innovative platform that’s changing the way we eat.

Every week Food Assembly customers in Lancaster can order food online from their local Assembly before picking it up at a weekly pop-­up market. All the food comes from within 100 miles of the area.

Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and founder of the awards Sheila Dillon says: “We really wanted to find out who the food heroes were in their neighbourhoods – anyone, any organisation, that through food was making life in Britain better.”

Each Assembly creates paid work for a local host. The Lancaster Assembly is hosted by food-­obsessed Joanne Halliwell, who loves to share her passion of food with others.

Joanne said: “I am so proud and delighted that The Food Assembly has won the Best British Food Initiative. Not only has it brought new access to local food to our family, friends and community in Lancaster, it’s also helping farmers and foodmakers get paid what they deserve for their work.”

The Food Assembly takes place every Wednesday evening in the White Cross Pub in Quarry Road, Lancaster.

The Food Assembly is currently expanding in Lancashire, and if anyone is interested in starting a Food Assembly in their area, the opportunity to register is here.