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Many different events held across Hampshire, here on the south coast of England, will celebrate the best of local food and farming throughout July’s Hampshire Food Festival. In 2014 the Festival will stretch from the 28th June - 3rd August.
Events from last year included farm tours, local food-themed festival menus and celebration dinners, hands-on cookery, chocolate and jam-making workshops, butchery master classes, brewery tours, vineyard tours and wine tasting, cookery demonstrations, barbecues, lavender farm walks, lavender chocolate-making and lavender teas, an amateur chef competition, bakery and fish filleting demos, food and farm festivals, farmers’ markets and more!
Details of all events will be available online and the free printed programme will be widely available across Hampshire from mid-May.
Organised by county food group Hampshire Fare and backed by Hampshire County Council, the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival will be in its 14th year in 2014 and last year attracted over 295,000 visitors. Many events, which are all held at numerous different locations across Hampshire, are free or low-cost, and there is plenty for adults, children and families.
The Festival’s success was recognised with 'Gold Award' in 2012 and a 'Silver Award' in 2013 for 'Tourism Event of the Year' at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence organised by Tourism South East.