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School Meals team at festival

Published: 15/09/2014

Flintshire School Meals team will be promoting healthy eating at the Mold Food and Drink Festival by holding a live final of the ‘Come and Cook’ competition. Children from across the County have been taking part in the qualifying rounds since Healthy Eating Week in June with the finalists giving a demonstration of their cooking abilities on the mobile Cooking Bus at the event on 20 and 21 September. Pupils were invited to submit their own recipe designs for the competition which is aimed at raising awareness of the nutritious balance of school meals and promoting local produce. The recipes had to involve a minimum of two locally sourced ingredients; consist of a main and a dessert course taking no longer than 1.5 hours to prepare and cook; provide a balanced meal and the ingredients should cost no more than £5. Children from primary schools Ysgol Llanfynydd, Ysgol Glanrafon, Ysgol Gwenffrwd and Ysgol Penyffordd and secondary pupils from Castell Alun and Argoed High Schools will take part in the cook off competition. Over the weekend Flintshire School Meals Service welcomes pupils and children to come and take part in age related cooking sessions on the bus with the aim of encouraging children to be confident cooks and raise awareness of Flintshire School Meals. The Cooking Bus is open 10am to 4.45pm and admission on the bus is free. Councillor Chris Bithell Cabinet Member for Education said: “What a great way to promote healthy eating by getting the children involved in not only cooking the meals, but planning, sourcing ingredients, the budget and how to provide a healthy balanced meal. “Good luck to all taking part and I’d encourage everyone to visit the mobile Cooking Bus to sample the fantastic food on offer.” Editor’s note You are invited to send a photographer to the ‘Come and Cook’ recipe competition live final on Sunday 21 September in the afternoon on the Cooking Bus at the Mold Food and Drink Festival. Photo caption: The Cooking Bus