It's always good when there's foodie events in the local area, so was excited to receive an e-mail from Hampshire Fare outlining the events to be held this July. They are boasting the likes of Raymond Blanc, James Martin, Atul Kochhar, Ed Baines, John Burton Race, Alex Aitken and Rose Elliot are all taking part in the 10th Hampshire Food Festival throughout July (1st-31st), celebrating food and drink produced here in Hampshire. This is the pick of what is happening local to us this year:
Southsea Food Festival (19/20 JUNE...not July then...?)
GWQ Food and Real Ale Festival (2-4 July)
Family Chocolate Workshops (17 July Rowlands Castle)
Northney Farm Open Day (18 July Hayling Island)
Hampshire Water Festival (24-25 July Staunton Country Park, Havant)
I have to say I'm disappointed in the about of events happening on our doorstep. For such a densely populated area, surely we can produce more than this? It appears Winchester is the place to be, with a lot more variety of events. I recall looking at this programme last year too and feeling somewhat underwhelmed at the choices. Having said that I will certainly be popping along to the first two events. Raymond Himself is due to be appearing at GWQ on the Friday I read somewhere else, so I'm not sure if this is a 2 or 3 day event?
Anyway here's the link: http://www.hampshirefare.co.uk/downloadfile.asp?dID=82
If you're happy to travel a bit further then there are lots of things to try out. I'd love to hear if any good experiences were had during previous years, and at what events.
Both the Emsworth and Staunton Country Park food festivals have been axed, Even the one held last year in Brighon is no longer! What's happening to our food festivals???
So come on Portsmouth there is so much to offer - let's see a little more events happening here next year please!