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Finalists line up for Olympic live final in the Create A Fruit & Veg Masterpiece 2012
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Whilst all eyes are on the capital for next month’s London 2012, six groups of primary school children were limbering up for a very different kind of Olympics on Friday 29 June in the green fields of the ‘Garden of England’ as they took part in the Olympic Live Final for ‘Create A Fruit & Veg Masterpiece 2012’ at Broadview Gardens, Kent.
The six finalists beat their way past close to 250 entries from across Kent in the Produced in Kent inspired art competition (which is sponsored by abm Catering, Hadlow College and RJ Kingsland & Son and supported by the Kent 2012 Small Grants Fund).
The primary school aged children, lined up under starters orders in front of TV’s top food art photographer, Carl Warner (whose amazing food landscapes have appeared on Blue Peter, The One Show and The Alan Titchmarsh Show). The six finalists competed for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals by recreating their first round photographed fruit and veg masterpiece entries in front of the judges, using only fruit and vegetables that had been grown locally and in season in the ‘Garden of England’.
Julie Monkman, manager of Produced in Kent, an organisation dedicated to championing food and drink producers in Kent, said: “There have been many initiatives to try to engage young children with their environment and eating healthy, from mother’s ‘eat your greens’ to ‘5-A-Day’. The ‘Create A Fruit & Veg Competition’ in Kent has shown that if you can make eating healthily, locally and seasonally entertaining and engaging – it is possible to interact and connect with hundreds of schools and dozens of children as young as five. In the three years since introducing this competition we have seen a trebling of entries – with teachers, parents and children keen to explore and interact with fruit and vegetables that are grown locally and in season.”
In the Individual category, the judges headed by Carl Warner awarded a Gold medal to Adam Hood aged 7, for his amazing cyclist , whilst 7 year old Joshua Beesley won Silver for his Olympic Fencing and 5 year old Will Beverley won Bronze for his Veggie Canoeist.
In the Group category, the Gold medal went to St Katherine's Primary Snodland for its Paralymic Wheelchair racing masterpiece, Silver to All Saints for its Olympic Runners, and Bronze to Ashford Friars for its innovative Fruit & Veg Running Shoe.
As well as their medals and a delicious afternoon tea provided by abm Catering at Broadview Tearooms, the children walked away with an armful of fantastic prizes including framed food art pictures and books from Carl Warner, signed book from double gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes and some bumper gardening goodies from Broadview Garden Centre to encourage children to continue to learn how to ‘grown their own’ in the ‘Garden of England’.
Check out Kent on Saturday and Kent on Sunday on the weekend of 7/8th July to see pictures from the live final.