National BBQ Week

29th May 2012

National BBQ Week A Shropshire food producer and retailer is planning to make the most of the upcoming good weather by celebrating National Barbecue Week.

Ludlow Food Centre recently cooked up a storm at the Ludlow Spring Festival by getting out the barbi and treating visitors to Gloucester Old Spot sausages and gourmet steak burgers.  However the Food Centre’s butchers don't want the barbecue to be typecast as only suitable for basic bangers. Butchery Manager John Brereton says,

‘We have always strived to be inventive at the Food Centre by making new and interesting barbecue food. All our beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork comes from our estate and we butcher whole carcasses.  This means we have to use all the cuts and find ways to make some of them more suitable for the barbecue’

Now in its 16th year National Barbecue Week aims to get the Great British public cooking alfresco and enjoying a variety of char grilled treats.  This summer’s National Barbecue Week – May 28th – June 3rd will once again be encouraging people to become better barbecuers and to focus on ‘Gastro-grilling’.  This means thinking beyond the burger and experimenting with more interesting barbecue options.  John says,

‘To help people branch out we have come up with new barbecue friendly foods that are good value and delicious.  Some of our new recipes include Thai Chicken Kebabs, Back Rib Steaks and Pork & Black Pudding Roulade’

This year National Barbeque Week is expecting an increase in the number of barbeques taking place in Britain.  It is estimated that in 2011 120 million barbecues took place throughout Britain and that in 2012 this will rise to 135 million worth a massive £7 billion to the food and drink industry.  The main catalyst for this growth will be the Queen’s Jubilee and bumper bank holiday that will see street parties, events and festivals taking place, many of them involving barbecues.  For businesses like Ludlow Food Centre National Barbecue Week and the following Jubilee weekend will be an important time as Tom Hunt, Marketing Manager at the Centre explains,

‘Bank holidays are a crucial time for businesses like ours because people flock to places like Ludlow.  With barbecue week and the following bank holiday we are hoping for some good weather so people come and stock up on the best quality local produce for the Jubilee weekend.’

With a projected 135 million barbecues likely to take place this year Britain will once again be the most prolific barbecuing nation in Europe. For information, tips and advice on barbecues visit the National BBQ Week website www.nationalbbqweek.co.uk