Caterer’s calendar

At Bidfood we understand how important calendar events are to caterers. Big calendar events bring people together and when they’re together they’re going to want to eat! Take full advantage of these occasions and check out our latest caterer’s calendar events in this section and find help with menu ideas, maximising portion control, minimising waste and many more great tips to make the most of seasonal periods.  

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Veganuary – (all month)

In 2018 the UK launched more vegan products than any other nation in the World* showing the sheer velocity at which the vegan market has exploded in recent years. Our New4You inspired by vegan section is full to the rafters with a number of both ready-made vegan products and recipes ideas – ideal no matter your business or budget. Looking for even more inspiration? Take a look at our dedicated vegan cookbook, filled to the brim with over 30 vegan recipes across a range of meal options!

*vegansociety.com/news/media/statistics

Dry January – (all month)

With a whopping 4.2 million people reportedly giving up alcohol last January, there is undoubtedly going to be an increase in demand for booze-free beverages to satisfy those customers craving a selection of non-alcoholic options. Kick off dry January with our selection of Unity premium soft drinks and sparkling beverages to satisfy your customers’ taste buds, from the likes of Fentimans, Frobishers and Nix & Kix. Looking for more ideas? Take a look at our range of drinks recipes, including our Fruity ginger lemonade slushie, a refreshing menu addition to give your customers that much needed January pick-me-up! 

* YouGov poll

Ginuary – (all month)

Gin glorious gin! For those not too concerned with going dry for the month of Jan there’s always Ginuary! A staple British favourite that shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, gin is the UK’s favourite spirit*. The star of the spirits category, we’ve got you covered with our range of gins including everything from boutique tipples right through to the mainstream brands. With thousands of G&T combinations out there why not get involved by rustling up your very own gin menu to celebrate the month of Ginuary! Thyme & lime gin anybody? What about grapefruit & tarragon? Tweet your creations over to us @BidfoodUK

*”https://uk.kantar.com/consumer/leisure/2018/the-rise-of-gin-in-the-uk/

Burn’s Night – 25th January

Burn’s night or Robbie Burn’s Day is celebrated on the 25th January every year and is dedicated to commemorating the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Celebrations take place throughout Scotland and a key part of the festivities is making sure a selection of traditional Scottish food is on offer, including cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps and tatties! Why not take a look at our ‘Simply Scottish’ guide filled to the rafters with everything you need! For even more Scottish news why not find out how we’re helping our Scottish customers grow.

Chinese New Year – 25th January – 8th February

Chinese New Year falls on January 25th this year and marks the start of the ‘Year of the Rat’ according to the Chinese Zodiac. Celebrations run for two weeks until February 8th, giving you the ideal chance to lure customers in as the temperature dips.

Looking for menu inspiration? Take a look at our New4You Inspired by Oriental burst.

International Chocolate Cake Day – 27th January

Who needs an excuse to dive in to a rich, decadent Chocolate cake? Whether you’re a bustling independent coffee shop in the heart of London or a large chain of care homes throughout the UK, it’s easy to get involved.

No matter your budget, we’ve got you covered with a wide selection of frozen and pre-cut Bidfood own brand and branded cake offerings. The possibilities are endless so make sure you stock up on a selection of gateaux, brownie, muffins and cake options. Don’t forget to cater for every customer by taking a look at all of our Fairtrade, gluten-free and lactose-free options too.

British Yorkshire Pudding Day – 2nd February 

Ah, the trusty Yorkshire pud! Traditionally teamed with roast beef, the Yorkshire pud is a key part of the roast dinner, but did you know there is so much more to the popular pud? Why not shake up your menu with our Roast lamb Yorkshire pudding burrito – a great twist on a classic! Make sure you also accommodate those with dietary requirements too with our gluten free Yorkshire puddings recipe. 

National Pizza Day – 9th February 

Add some pizzazz to your menu for National Pizza Day by getting in on the action with our brand new Pizza guide over on our catalogues page! Filled to the brim with everything you need, we’re here to give you the tools and product ranges to grab a hearty slice of the action no matter what sector you may operate in! Our handy Crafty Pizza guide has got you covered with everything from forming the dough to tasty pizza insights and recipes, plus all of that essential catering equipment.

Why not get involved by posting your very own pizza creations to us on Twitter and Instagram @bidfooduk with #PizzaWeek.

Valentine’s Day – 14th February

It’s that time of year again when love is most definitely in the air…Valentine’s Day is an ideal time to put together a set three-course menu aimed at couples looking for romance. They get the benefit of an attractive all-in price for their meal, whilst making things smoother for you in your kitchen with a fixed cost for preparing. Make sure your set-menu appeals to everyone by providing fish, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and don’t forget to round off the menu with a range of indulgent desserts from our Premium Selection range plus a selection of Unity Wines & Spirits.

Real Bread Week – 22nd February – 1st March

Real Bread Week is an annual international celebration focussed around real bread and the people who make it happen. Whether you go wild for traditional white sliced bread, simply barmy for sourdough or crazy for ciabatta, there really is a type of bread to suit every customer! No matter what type of industry you work in, it’s easy to get on board with Real Bread Week with our brand new range of artisan, Premium Selection breads including cranberry, sunflower and pumpkin bloomer, honey and spelt boule and our trio of olive pavé to name but a few. Why not make the most of Real Bread Week and bring some added value to your offering with your very own dough-filled menu.

Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day – February 25th

Whether you’re cooking from scratch or prefer to go ready-made, Pancake Day offers a chance to flip up a storm! A firm favourite in American cuisine, we’ve got you covered with our New4You Inspired by Real American breakfast options including buttermilk pancakes, savoury Farmstead streaky bacon topped sweet pancakes and sweet pairings like fruity blackberry and apple.

Take a look at our breakfast recipes for even more ideas and inspiration!

Veggie month (March)

Get involved for veggie month this month by encouraging your customers to take on the “veg pledge” by replacing meat in favour of a selection of tempting vegetables. Making life easier for you is our mission so why not kick start March with our New4You inspired by vegan collection of food and drink including ready-made meals and snacks, magnificent mains and moreish desserts. Looking for even more veggie inspiration? Take a look at our Vegan cookbook, crammed full of recipes ideas including on-trend vegan street food options, vegan twists on British classics, bakery options and more!   

St David’s Day – 1st March

March 1st is a day to celebrate St David, the patron Saint of Wales. Parades, concerts and festivities are held throughout Wales, so get in on the action and put on your very own Welsh-inspired theme day! We’re talking more than just leeks and daffodils – woo your customers with traditional menu favourites like this cheesy Welsh rarebit recipe.

British Pie Week – 2nd – 8th March

Running since 2007, “British Pie Week” always falls on the first full week in March, lasting for 7 days…that’s a lot of pastry! Why not get in on the action and add some creative flair to your menu by rolling out a special “pie of the day” for your customers. Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, we’ve got you covered – from our award-winning ready-made own brand Premium Selection British chicken, leek & bacon pie and Everyday Favourites steak & kidney pie, to our sweeter offerings including Everyday Favourites banoffee pie, apple pie and lemon pie varieties. Why not take a look at our full selection of pie recipes here.

St Patrick’s Day – 17th March

Our friends over in the Emerald Isle are celebrating the departure of their patron Saint this month with St Patrick’s Day falling on the 17th March. Landing on a Tuesday this year, it’s an ideal time to shake up your week day menu by serving up a selection of traditional Irish-themed dishes to tempt in the crowds. Start by laying on a hearty Irish brunch with traditional soda bread and sausages. Later on in the day why not serve up this traditional Everyday Favourites deep dish Irish stew & dumplings, and don’t forget the dessert options including our decadent Premium Selection Irish cream and caramel cheesecake.

Mothering Sunday – 22nd March 

Mother’s Day is all about creating a memorable dining experience for your guests, from fashionable brunch and lunch options to afternoon tea, there are plenty of special meal occasions for your customers to spoil their mums.

For even more Mothering Sunday inspiration take a look at our recipes section where you can find even more recipes ideas and inspiration to make Mother’s Day memorable whatever your type of business or organisation.  

Easter – April 10th – 12th

Who’s eggcited about Easter? With the long weekend fast approaching we can’t wait to get cracking with the celebrations, and we’re talking more than just the chocolate eggs! Easter is a time for family, tradition and most importantly – food! With plenty of scope to tempt in the crowds make sure you include delicious Good Friday breakfast and brunch options, along with a hearty array of traditional roast meats and delectable sweet options for your menu. Don’t forget to stock up on the fizz too for those celebrating with a much needed tipple after the Lent fast!

It’s simple!

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