Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust

The Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust is a registered charity offering education, training and guidance on healthy eating and on food preparation.

Much of the Trust’s work is undertaken all year round in partnership with local schools. Our annual schools cookery days begin in February and Christchurch’s junior schools, around 1,000 children, take part. Another schools’ event is a cookery challenge for budding young chefs which culminates at the Food Festival. It is also here that the ever-popular Kids’ Kitchen events take place.

The Trust’s Enhanced Cookery Courses are gaining a reputation for their quality and excellence and students completing the course are granted a BTEC Level 1 award. Here students learn about food production, budgeting and purchasing food, cookery, plus basic food hygiene. Students follow a programme where they learn basic recipes and also gain experience working in a commercial kitchen.

The Trust can only undertake the work if funding is available and the Trustees are very grateful for the donations that enable us to continue our work; we thank them all. Recent funders include the Santander, Dorset Community Foundation and individuals. The Rotary Club of Christchurch continues to be a tremendous supporter.

If you have relevant experience and would consider becoming a Trustee, or could help organise some of the activities, please get in touch. Full details of the Trust can be found on the Trust’s website, website.

Julie Ratcliffe
Chairman of the Trustees
The Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust – Reg Charity No.1127292

Our Chefs

Ian Gibbs

I an is now Executive Chef at the Urban Guild in Bournemouth and Christchurch Food Festival Veteran. After winning many international awards on the professional Salon Culinare Circuit, he is a previou… Read more

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Events

Our demonstration events are yet to be finalised, please check back closer to May.