May sees the return of some of the best food festivals in Hampshire and a chance to get those taste buds going, particularly as we come into the Summer season of fresh British produce.
The Alresford Watercress Festival takes place on 17 May 2015 and brings together the local community and food lovers from far and wide to celebrate watercress – the superb locally grown, delicious and versatile crop. The entire centre of New Alresford becomes a huge street festival with a large food market. One of the highlights of the festival is the street cavalcade with jazz musicians, Morris dancers and local school children accompanying the Watercress King and Queen who sit on top of a horse and cart. The children will be distributing the first of the season’s watercress harvest to festival-goers. In the Cookery Demo Unit you can watch well-known award-winning chefs and food writers including Jack Stein, son of Rick Stein, demonstrate their skills and some mouth-watering recipes and even cheer on those in the World Watercress Eating Championships. Entry to the festival is free and if travelling by car you can take advantage of the park and ride service from Ropley to Alresford with either a free ride on the Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ or, during peak times, a free coach ride into Alresford.
The Fleet Food Festival is a week later on 24 May and promises to be a flavourful array of fantastic food, tasty talks and demonstrations, workshops, family activities and an appetising menu of live music. Highlights include a tantalising range of fresh and regional produce in the Food Market, prestigious regional chefs and master classes in the Cookery Theatre, inspirational food and wine talks and Q&A with the experts, family fun in the hands-on children’s area, speciality real ale and refreshing drinks in the Pint ‘n’ Pimms Tent and an exciting line-up of live music in the picnic area. Entrance is just £1 and under 5s go free. Special, discounted parking is available in Fleet to support the event with parking just £1 all day in the main town centre car parks and free in Hart Shopping Centre.
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