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Food Festival to be bigger than ever

Hampshire Fare is delighted to announce that this year’s 21st Hampshire Food Festival is even bigger with a whole summertime of events running from 1st July to 31st August.


Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, explains: “The Hampshire Food Festival has always been one of the most ambitious in the country in terms of scale and reach. However, this year we have decided to make it an even bigger celebration of food and drink running across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight throughout the summer.


“People love local! We have seen a growing interest in provenance and an increase in staycation experiences which means that there is a huge hunger out there for food and drink events and experiences. Hampshire Food Festival’s engaging and exciting programme is just what everyone needs! The Festival is this summer’s must-visit with a great line-up of top chefs, involvement from Hampshire’s buzziest cafes, pubs and restaurants, and a showcase of some of the best food and drink from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”


Hampshire Fare’s award-winning Hampshire Food Festival has been helping to put Hampshire on the map as a foodie destination for over two decades, providing farmers, growers, makers and producers with an opportunity to showcase their produce to a wider audience through a varied programme that includes tours, tastings, chef demos, markets, menus, workshops and more.


This year’s Festival features two brand new events organised by Hampshire Fare. These are Celebrate Hampshire, a two-day event (1st-2nd July) hosted by Festival Place, Basingstoke, that launches the Festival and is centred round a lively Chefs’ Kitchen, and the first ever Winchester Food Festival (9th July). To be held in the Cathedral’s Outer Close, Winchester Food Festival includes a produce market, demos by local chefs, among them Lenny Carr-Roberts, who is a familiar face due to his television appearances on James Martin’s Saturday Morning show on ITV, plus there’s a spotlight on creating delicious budget-friendly and healthy dishes with nutritionist Mary Needham of social enterprise, Munch.

Altogether there are over 230 diary dates with events for everyone from foodies to families, those looking to upskill, as well as others who want to chill to a relaxed party vibe. The diverse range of events includes Shakespeare in pub gardens, supper clubs and sausage-making demos. There are BBQ masterclasses, brewery and vineyard tours, farm open days wild foraging experiences, pop-ups in cherry orchards, a special tasting menu in an art gallery, plus the brand-new New Forest Food Festival.

Tracy Nash, concludes: “This year the Hampshire Food Festival is bigger than ever and packed with new events and great fun entertainment. The Festival has become a well-established highlight of the summer calendar and gives everyone, locals and visitors, a delicious opportunity to discover the area’s cities, countryside, market towns and villages through the region’s exceptional abundance of food and drink.

“Thank you to all our partners and supporters, in particular the Festival’s headline sponsor this year, SoCal BBQ Kitchen. This event wouldn’t be possible without their generous assistance.”

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