The Granville School in Sevenoaks has been named as one of four finalists for this year’s ‘Kent is Delicious’ cookery competition. It aims to raise children’s awareness of the quality and importance of local, seasonal produce and the hotly contested foodie final will take place on Friday 10th July at the Kent County Show. Open to all primary schools in Kent, this year children were asked to create a tasty packed lunch using ingredients grown, produced or farmed locally to them. The Granville School ensured their place in the final by impressing the selection panel with their May Bread Lunch which included; seasonally-inspired May vegetable bread made using eggs from the school’s hens, locally grown rhubarb and apple flapjacks, and Kentish apple crisps.

The competition is organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework and is held in partnership with the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS), Produced in Kent, and Kent Farmers’ Market Association. The Directors said The Granville School’s entry had shown a lot of thought and understanding and the judging panel were very impressed at the tremendous amount of work and creativity in the entry and particularly liked the idea of the apple crisps. They’ve been overwhelmed by the standard of entries to this year’s ‘Kent is Delicious Cookery Competition’, and it’s by far the highest number of entries they’ve had. They feel that it has clearly provoked a lot of thought, and fun, among the schools that have taken part and they want to wish all their finalists the best of luck.

The three other schools which will take part in the final are: Herne C of E Junior School in Herne, Christ Church C of E Junior School in Ramsgate, and St. George’s CEP School Wrotham. All the finalists will make their dishes at the Kent County Show and will have them tasted by an expert panel of judges made-up of local food producers, chefs and farmers. Schools can already start thinking about their entry for next year’s competition which in 2016 will be about creating a tasty, locally sourced after-school snack.  To receive more information schools should email kentisdelicious@diocant.org or visit https://www.canterburydiocese.org/kentisdelicious/