Taste Buds Tingle Ahead of July's Hampshire Food Festival
Hampshire is preparing to celebrate all things food and farming throughout July with over 60 tempting events taking place across the county. Organised by Hampshire Fare and sponsored by Hildon Mineral Water, the Hampshire Food Festival line-up includes: vineyard, farm and distillery tours; pop-up dinners; cooking masterclasses and more.
The festival was launched on Wednesday 13 June to press, sponsors and business associates in the grounds of the stunning events venue, Hill Place, in Swanmore. Guests enjoyed refreshing Hill Farm Juice and Hildon mocktails followed by Hampshire canapés served by Smallpiece Catering.
Guests met producers involved in July’s food festival including Hampshire Cheese, Danebury Wine, The Hampshire Jam and Chutney Company, Corner 53, Flack Manor Brewery, Parsonage Farm, Upham Brewery, Winchester Distillery and Summerdown Mint Farm.
Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, commented: “Today we are excited to be able to showcase some of the many events taking place during July’s Hampshire Food Festival. The festival involves food and drink producers from across the county and is a real celebration of the flavour of our county.
“I urge people to tap into what is on offer locally and use the festival as a time to discover new producers or find out more about their favourite Hampshire ingredients.”
Festival sponsors, Hildon, were on hand to refresh guests throughout the afternoon with bottles of their mineral water. Samantha Greatbanks from Hildon, commented on their support of the festival: “We are proud to support the Hampshire Food Festival because we believe in working with local companies, and bringing together the best of local produce. Hampshire is very lucky to be home to some of the UK’s most prestigious producers ranging from wine to buffalo to water. The Hampshire Fare team work so hard bringing together the best from our geographical area and we are delighted to be part of it.”
The Hampshire Food Festival will take place 1st-31st July at venues across Hampshire. Many events require booking but others are free and you can turn up on the day. Browse programme below.
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