London Olympics means all appetites on Britain 0
Food is served in the 5,000 capacity Olympic Village dining room, a temporary structure built for the London 2012 Olympic Games, during a test of the facilities in Stratford, east London on June 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Olivia Harris)
Britain certainly has been on the world's front burner for a while — last year's Royal Wedding, the recent Queen's Diamond Jubilee and now the upcoming summer Olympics.
Among the glitz and glory of the athletic pomp and ceremony, we want to know what's on the menu for the upcoming games.
According to a recent report from The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the food and drink that will be served to the millions of spectators and thousands of athletes is going to set standards for future games.
"We want everyone who attends the Games to have a fantastic experience and, central to this, is the food and drink that’s available," said LOCOG chief executive, Paul Deighton. "We have gone to great lengths to find top quality, tasty food that celebrates the best of Britain." The food will fit into two main themes: British food that will reflect the multicultural mix of flavours and foods enjoyed across the UK, with everything from Italian to Indian, seafood to salads, and such classic favourites as fish and chips and pie and mash. The heritage and diversity of British regional products and recipes will be celebrated. We're talking lamb from Wales, charcuterie from Perthshire and sourdough bread from Tower Hamlets, made in a traditional brick oven lined with peat from the Thames, said Deighton.
With 195 nations represented in the six host boroughs, London is amped up as a global city and there will be international food from every continent – from authentic Asian dishes to African Brai barbecues, Caribbean flavours to tasty Mediterranean fare and a range of street foods from around the world.
We're looking forward to poutine and maple syrup in honour of Canada!
Summer Olympics food facts
As well as the millions of ticket holders and spectators, LOCOG is also responsible for feeding more than 15,000 athletes across both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The primary concern of the 23,900 athletes and team officials is to make sure they perform to their peak on competition days. This will be available to them at exactly the right time of day or night:
- 1.2 million meals will be served to athletes, comprising 1,300 different types of dishes.
- On the busiest day of the Games, more than 65,000 meals will be served to athletes.
- The main dining room seats more than 5,000 athletes and can fit the equivalent of 880 double-decker buses. The room consists of four zones including British, European, Mediterranean, African and Caribbean dishes and caters to special diets such as Halal, Kosher, low salt and allergens.
In addition, bananas, tea, coffee, sugar and white and rose wine are Fairtrade or ethically sourced and traditional cheeses are British. Eggs are British Lion free range and all chocolate sold is Fairtrade or ethically sourced.
Another integral part to London 2012’s sustainability commitments is the ambitious aim to become the first ever zero-waste Games.
London 2012 commercial partners Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Cadbury Nature Valley and Heineken will also be supplying food and drink and will provide the only branded products on sale. McDonald’s will operate at four Olympic venue restaurants: one in the Athletes’ Village, another for the media in the Main Press Centre and two in the Olympic Park for spectators. All soft drinks and mineral water will be provided by Coca-Cola, including Innocent smoothies and juices, and 75% of the drinks Coca-Cola expects to sell at the Games will be water, juice or sugar-free. In addition free drinking water will be provided at all venues.
Whet your palate
A sample of the spectator menu includes the following:
- Porridge and maple syrup, made with UK oats and milk
- Toasted tea cakes with Yorkshire butter
- Red Leicester British cheese with British apple chutney and lettuce on Oxfordshire bread
- Freshly carved "Dingley Dell" hog roasted pork, served in Oxfordshire cross hatched bread roll with mixed leaf salad and assorted accompaniments
- Also on the menu: chicken burritos, penne pasta, Singapore noodles, lamb rogan josh, pizza and, of course — cod and chips!
Who does the dishes?
More than 14 million meals will be served during the upcoming Summer Olympic games in London, England – the largest peace time catering operation in the world.