LACA is once again taking NSMW on the road! 

During the one week national tour, LACA is highlighting 10 important messages which underpin the great work school caterers do.  The interesting facts/messages about the school meals industry and what caterers do on a daily basis paints a very positive picture about the school meals industry. 

Under the heading ‘Taste for Yourself’ and with the support of School Chef Of The Year (SCOTY) winner 2019 Steve Cross, LACA will prepare and serve a tasty modern day school lunch at each of the stops. This will be supported by ‘Taste for Yourself’ resources that caterers can use during NSMW to invite parents in to schools also. You are welcome to join us at any of the events!

Taste For Yourself Tour Route

Live Updates

NOV 7
Blacon, Chester

Highfield Community Primary School

To launch the Taste for Yourself Tour, we visited Highfield community Primary school where SCOTY Winner Steven Cross and the LACA team served up fantastic food for the students and teachers. The North West visit was all about Palm Oil – How it affects the wildlife and our planet and what school caterers like Edsential are doing to source sustainable ingredients for their meals.

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NOV 8
Newport, Telford

Harper Adams University

The visit to the Harper Adams Agricultural College in the LACA West Midlands Region is a great opportunity to visit the leading specialist university tackling the future development of the planet’s food production and, in particular, diary. It’s not everyday that you get served food by the Mayor! Everyone is enjoying the fabulous food on…

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NOV 11
Stockton on Tees, Billingham

Quorn Foods

The visit to the Quorn Factory in the LACA North East Region focuses on the importance of school caterers providing meat free alternatives for pupils by considering changes in eating habits and dietary requirements that affect the whole of the education catering industry. LACA Chair Stephen Forster chats to Alex Cunningham, Labour PPC about the…

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NOV 11
Fish Docks, Grimsby

Grimsby Fish Market

The visit to the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre in the LACA Yorkshire and Humberside Region is an important opportunity to highlight the role that fish plays on the school menu, as part of a hot, healthy and nutritious meal. Fish appears on a school menu at least once a week. Every year, LACA are proud…

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NOV 12
Buxton, Glossop

Buxton Turners Memorial

The visit to Buxton Tourist Office in the LACA East of Midlands Region is an important opportunity to highlight the importance of water to a healthy diet. All children should be encouraged to drink more water, instead of sugary drinks, to avoid the growing rise of tooth decay and tackle the childhood obesity crisis. School…

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NOV 12
Newmarket, Suffolk

NFU East Anglia

The visit to the National Farmers Union Office in Newmarket in the LACA East of England Region is a vital opportunity to support British agriculture. As an organisation, LACA welcomed the announcement of the new National Food Strategy and consulted with our members before responding to the call for evidence. First to arrive are George…

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NOV 13
Sidcup, Kent

Allergy UK

The visit to the Allergy UK Headquarters in the LACA London region is a vital opportunity to highlight the importance of catering for allergens. Earlier this year, the Government released an important consultation on allergens which LACA responded to on behalf of our members. LACA has also set up its own working group on allergen…

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NOV 13
Havant, Hampshire

Park Community School

The visit to a SCOTY school in the LACA South East of England Region is an important opportunity to celebrate the talent and professionalism of the school catering industry. Each school day, our talented school chefs help to provide hot, healthy and nutritious meals that meet the school food standards. LACA would like to see…

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NOV 14
North Allington, Bridport

Washingpool Farm

The visit to Elwell Fruit Farm in the LACA South West of England Region is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the valuable contribution that local farmers make to our sector. Encouraging pupils to eat more fruit and vegetable is also a vital component towards creating a healthier society. The National Food Strategy has vowed…

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NOV 14
Ty Dyffryn

Transcend Packaging

The visit to Transend Packaging Limited in the LACA Wales Region is a vital opportunity to highlight the importance of moving to more biodegradable products and encourage both caterers and supplier to reduce the use of single use plastic. LACA Members are encouraged to ensure that plastic packing is reusable, recyclable or compostable and there…

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