National Fish and Chip Day will be returning for its sixth year next year and will take place on Friday 4th June 2021, the National Edible Oil Distributors Association (NEODA) has announced.
The celebration of the nation’s favourite dish will bring together everyone involved in creating this iconic British dish from fish and chip shops, pub chains, restaurants, retailers, to the fishermen and farmers who provide the sustainable and natural ingredients needed to create this family favourite.
Despite 2020 being a year like no other, NEODA has been impressed with how the industry has adapted the way it operates to ensure businesses could continue to keep the nation fed, just as they did during two world wars.
National Fish and Chip Day 2020 saw people across the country coming together to celebrate their love of fish and chips and TV, radio, newspaper and social media was buzzing with stories! The #nationalfishandchipday hashtag was trending all day long.
Speaking about this year’s event, NEODA President Gary Lewis said: “National Fish and Chip Day 2020 was always going to be very different to previous years and none of us really knew what to expect.
"The focus this year was very much on the resilience of the fish and chip sector and, wow, did that shine through on the day! We were completely bowled over by the number of shops, both those who have previously celebrated the day with us, but especially the many new shops, who got involved in any way they could.
"National and regional media - TV, Radio and newspapers - were awash with stories of how shops were celebrating the day and social media was full of amazing competitions, activities and photos - exactly what National Fish and Chip Day is all about! We are delighted that so many shops, hard hit by the pandemic, embraced their special day and threw everything they had at it. No matter what unfolds in the coming months, fish and chips will remain at the centre of every community and we are delighted to be able to bring this very special awareness day to the nation again in 2021.”
National Fish and Chip Day is championed by trade organisation, The National Edible Oil Distributors Association (NEODA) which represents all the major refiners, key packers and distributors of edible oils as well as suppliers of non-oil products (such as batter mix, sausages, packaging, range manufacturers and potato preservatives) in the UK.
The Fishermen’s Mission charity is a beneficiary of many fundraising events run on National Fish and Chip Day. They say: “National Fish and Chip day is a fantastic event which brings together the very best of the industry. Fishing continues to be the most dangerous peacetime occupation with a 1 in 14 chance of being killed at work, the funds generated through National Fish & Chip day allow the Fishermen’s Mission to continue to provide welfare and emergency services to our fishermen and their families, so on behalf of the Fishermen’s Mission team, and on behalf of all our beneficiaries, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your incredible support during this event.”