One of the nation’s favourite foodie weeks returns 23 – 30 April 2021, as we celebrate the 11th Great British Beef Week (GBBW). This year GBBW is focusing on recognising and highlighting British beef farmers and the work they do to support sustainable production practices on their farms. It’s due to the strides that these farmers make in this area that British beef continues to be amongst the most sustainable in the world.
Jilly Greed, who co-founded Ladies in Beef with NFU president Minette Batters, explains why sustainability is so important:
“Great British Beef Week enables us to shine a light on all aspects of the beef production process. Our farmers are passionate about the beef they produce and are committed to delivering high-quality red meat for consumers to continue to enjoy.
“Managing land in a sustainable way is a fundamental responsibility of the modern-day farmer. This includes farming regeneratively, improving grasslands and paddock grazing, planting trees, maintaining wildflowers for the bee population, or harvesting and giving cattle rainwater to drink. British beef production boasts a carbon footprint of just less than half the global average, and reflects the hugely important and positive work our farmers are putting in day-by-day. It’s vital that we keep bringing attention to the ways our producers are respecting the land, whilst also producing the foods we enjoy eating.”
During GBBW we’ll be highlighting innovative and sustainable farming methods from producers across Britain.
And finally, we hope you’ll join us by enjoying tucking into your favourite delicious British beef dishes. If you’re after new beef recipe ideas and cooking tips head over to www.SimplyBeefandLamb.co.uk.
As part of this year’s fundraising for GBBW’s chosen charity partner – RABI (the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution), join us for a virtual cookalong hosted by multi-award-winning Chef, Chris Wheeler and AHDB’s Karl Pendlebury.
Chris is Exec Head Chef of Stoke Park Club, including the 3 AA Rosette fine-dining restaurant. He was a contestant on the Great British Menu in 2016, has appeared on Saturday Kitchen and won Hotel Chef of the Year at the Hotel and Catering Awards. He is also Chef of choice to represent British Beef and Lamb around the globe and has for the last few years been Chef Ambassador, representing Quality Standard Mark Beef and Lamb.
Chris will be taking you step-by-step through a classic British-inspired three course menu, including expert insight into how to create the perfect steak at home. This sensational virtual cookery demonstration takes place on St George’s Day, Friday 23 April from 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite here and are priced at £30 per log in. Registration provides access to an ingredients and kit list to organise in advance, and a link to the online Zoom event. The ingredients are based on cooking for two people but can be scaled up or down based on the size of your household.
We hope you can join RABI for what promises to be a fantastically fun evening to support the farming community. If you’re unable to join the cookalong then we hope everyone will support our fantastic beef industry by serving a delicious British roast with all the trimmings on Sunday 25 April.
About the RABI
RABI continues their long-standing relationship with Ladies in Beef, as their chosen charity partner for Great British Beef Week. RABI is farming’s oldest and largest charity. They offer financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages, including farmers, farmworkers and dependants. We appreciate that it is a difficult time for many at the moment, but if you are able to support, please visit the R.A.B.I JustGiving page to make any donations.
Ladies in Beef (LiB) are the organisers of GBBW, you can find out more about us on this site. GBBW is once again supported by AHDB, as well as Red Tractor, National Farmers Union, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Hybu Cig Cymru.
The RABI is farming’s older and largest charity and provides financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages. For more information please visit www.rabi.org.uk.