hampshire food festival: 20th anniversary celebration on hold

Due to ongoing public health concerns about the spread of  Coronavirus (COVID-19), Hampshire Fare has decided to cancel the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival – a month-long, countywide celebration of food and drink – planned for this July. This decision will be reviewed in June in the hope that the 20th Hampshire Food Festival can be rearranged later in the year.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, says: “At Hampshire Fare we recognise that food and drink plays a key role in our local communities and makes a valuable contribution to our local economy. Therefore, we will continue to monitor this situation with the intention that we may be able to postpone the 20th Hampshire Food Festival until September. Hopefully, by that time, people and businesses will feel more in the mood for the simple pleasures of life – socialising and enjoying food and drink.

“As part of the Hampshire Food Festival, Hampshire Fare always has a significant presence at the New Forest Show (28-30 July 2020). At present the New Forest Show is still scheduled and so we hope to support our members by promoting local food and drink and craft at this event, as well as at others planned later in the year, such as the Alresford Show and Romsey Show.”

We will continue to keep our followers and members updated, and will review the situation in June. In the meantime you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter or follow us via social media for more information.

Tracy Nash summarises: “We hope to reschedule as we recognise that the Hampshire Food Festival provides a great opportunity for independents to raise their profile and  a unique way for everyone to enjoy and appreciate Hampshire’s heritage, culture, and sense of place.”