This year The Big Lunch and NCPTA have teamed up to challenge as many PTAs and kids as possible to make the longest line of bunting in the world! The current Guinness World Record is held by NCPTA members, Malbank School and Sixth Form College in Cheshire and is 2,737.72m. This is a great opportunity for children, parents and teachers to work together while raising money for their PTA and participating in a fun activity.
All schools that participate in The Big Bunting Challenge will receive some Shaun the Sheep Big Lunch stickers to give out to the pupils that get involved and entered into a draw to win some fantastic prizes. Make sure you let The Big Lunch team know if you’re joining in the Big Bunting Challenge as celebrity guests and press will be visiting a number of events around the UK. Please fill out our downloadable form and return it to: Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7255 6455.
It’s so easy, as soon as your line of bunting has been made just email us how long it is and we’ll let you know if the Big Bunting Challenge beats the current Guinness World Record!
We’re excited to announce that BBC2’s longest running cookery programme has taken inspiration from The Big Lunch this year! The theme for the series is cooking food to share, allowing chefs from all over the country to create awe inspiring food that can be shared at the ultimate street party.
The new series has just kicked off and so far we’ve seen chefs from the North East battle it out for a place in the final – cooking for the People’s Banquet at Leadenhall market in East London. This week it’s over to Northern Ireland where three fantastic chefs – Chris Bell, Brian McCann and Chris Fearon compete under Dublin born mentor, and winner of last year’s Great British Waste Menu, Richard Corrigan.
In search of ideas for their menus all the chefs have been tasked with finding local heroes, people who go out of their way to connect their communities, using food to make strangers into friends. Some of our very own Big Lunch organisers are being showcased in the series so be sure to tune in!
During the final week of Great British Menu the 8 regional finalists will be competing to get a dish on the banquet menu. If the chefs win, their dishes will be paraded down the ancient cobbled streets of Leadenhall market to about 100 expectant guests including the Great British Menu judges, Oliver Peyton, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort. The party at Leadenhall Market will be magnificent where food groups will be serving up delicious street party dishes for people to enjoy.
Then on the day of The Big Lunch, Big Lunchers and fans of Great British Menu will be able, if they wish, to cook home-cooked versions of the chef’s dishes for street parties to share and enjoy with their neighbours. All viewers will be able to download home-cooked versions of their recipes from the BBC website.
The Great British Menu will be on BBC2 every weekday at 6.30pm, inspiring you with dishes for your Big Lunch right up until the Friday 3rd June. To catch up on previous episodes go to BBC iplayer so you don’t miss out!