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Feast yourself at Fleet Food Festival next weekend

On Sunday 28th May Fleet Food Festival returns for its fourth year with a mouth watering array of treats on offer.

Running from 10am-5pm, the Festival takes place on the Views in central Fleet and promises to be an action packed day for all the family.  New attractions for 2017 include a Wine Discovery Marquee and Afternoon Tea Tent.

A journey of wine discovery

There are three wine discovery sessions available, led by local wine expert Rebecca Dixon from Auriol Wines.  Options include a journey through Italy, an exploration of lesser known wine treasures and an in depth examination of Port.  Each session is £12 per head and must be booked in advance via the Food Festival website.

An indulgent afternoon tea

In the Indulgent Afternoon tea tent THE HOBO.CO will bring their legendary afternoon tea experience to the Fleet Food Festival.  Guests can indulge for a whole hour in the beautiful vintage themed and flower festooned marquee.  Visitors will enjoy a selection of dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream and sweet treats.  This will be accompanied by a signature sparkling cocktail and a choice of the finest teas from around the world.  Tickets are just £20 per person and must be booked in advance on the website.

Pickles, Paella, Pancakes and more

The festival also features all the popular attractions of previous years.  This includes the Pint’n’Pimms Tent, Market, Cookery Theatre, live music and children’s activities.  Masterclasses in the Cookery Theatre feature Gareth Jones from the Odiham Cake Company and Andrew Ryder, Head Chef & Owner of The Phoenix Inn in Hartley Wintney.  Gareth will be demonstrating delicious summer fruit tarts.  Andrew will be talking about provenance and seasonality, including cooking delicate Hampshire asparagus. The Market offers a chance to sample delights from 50 of our region’s best producers and makers.

Big Friendly Fun

Buttons Children’s Parties will be running some fantastic Big Friendly Giant themed fun in the children’s craft marquee.  Children can decorate their own BFG Dreamcatcher or make their own glittery Dream Jar.  They can also choose to create a dinner fit for a giant on a Giant Dinner Plate.

Entrance to this year’s festival is £2 per adult and £1 for age 16 and under.  ‘Babies in arms’ are free.  Parking is £1 all day in Fleet town centre car parks on Sundays and free in Hart Shopping Centre.

Fleet is a thriving community.  As part of the Hart district in Hampshire it is consistently voted as one of the top places to live in the UK.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet or its’ surrounding areas then why not check out our properties currently for sale.  You can also read comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses for as little as £599 or 0.5% + VAT.

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Enjoy the best of Britain during British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight runs from 17th September to 2nd October this year and is a celebration of the best that British food has to offer.

British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual, national festival of British food and drink. First started in 2002, it is now in its 15th year and there are competitions and events planned across the country to celebrate this milestone. Many businesses and organisations are taking part, including schools and hospitals as people come together to enjoy the excellent produce Britain creates.

On the Love British Food website you can find 14 things you can do during British Food Fortnight to take part. These including buying British products that feature the Red Tractor logo, buying food that is in season and therefore likely to be home sourced, and cooking a British meal for your friends and family. We all love a good bangers and mash don’t we?

Locally in Hampshire, local shops, pubs and restaurants are likely to be celebrating so keep your eye out for special promotions. Down on the Hampshire coast, the village of Emsworth celebrates British Food Fortnight in style with a whole fortnight of activities including farm open days, Brewery open days and wine tastings, cooking masterclasses and even a Tea Dance. In Berkshire you could take the opportunity to shop at your local Thames Valley Farmers Market Cooperative, which is in Reading on 17th September and 1st October, and Newbury on 18th September and 2nd October.

If you are based in Surrey, why not head along to the Surrey Game and Country Fair at Loseley Park in Guildford on Sunday 25th September. In the Food Hall and Food Theatre you can enjoy a wide range of food and drinks grown, reared, brewed, caught or baked in Surrey.

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The inaugural Yateley Cask & Cork festival starts this Friday

The first ever Yateley Cask & Cork festival takes place this weekend at Sean Devereux Park, starting at 6pm on Friday 9th September and running through till 11pm on Saturday 10th September.  Organised by the Yateley United Football Club and the Yateley Cricket Club, including some of the team involved in the highly successful ‘Gig on the Green’ annual event, this over 18s experience promises to be an exciting occasion with community at its heart.  Over 40 beers, wines and ciders from the best local breweries, vineyards and orchards will be available as well as delicious food from quality providers and entertainment from up-and-coming talent.  If you haven’t already got your ticket for one of the Friday evening, Saturday day or Saturday evening sessions then check out last minute availability at www.caskandcorkyateley.co.uk/tickets/.

If Cask & Cork isn’t your thing then why not get active on the Fleet Family Cycle Ride which takes place on Sunday 11th September.  This annual event starts from Calthorpe Park at 10am.  All sorts of cyclists are welcome including tandems and bikes with children in bike seats or trailers.  There are expected to be 10, 20 and 30 mile routes available so you can pick the course which suits you and your family.  Last year over 500 cyclists took part, a 20% increase on the year before.  The event raises funds for Speakability which supports people with aphasia, a devastating communication disability.  With British cycling success at the Olympics this year this year is set to be the busiest yet.  Check the website to see if there are spaces left, or pop along to watch and wish the cyclists good luck.

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A family feast at Fleet Food Festival

Next month sees the return of the Fleet Food Festival on Sunday 29 May 2016. Held at the Views in Fleet and back for its’ third year, this culinary feast of fabulous food, cookery demonstrations, mouth-watering master classes, tasty talks, family activities and live music runs from 10am-5pm and is just £2 for adults and £1 for children to attend.

This year’s festival features a packed programme with Cookery Theatre demonstrations on bakery and butchery, as well as some delectable seafood and even Thai cooking. The Talks and Tastes marquee includes sessions on the wonderful world of mushrooms, as well as insights into Charcuterie and the huge impact home grown herbs can make on your cooking. To keep the kids entertained there will be free craft activities in the Jungle Book Family Crafts marquee and for the adults the Pint’n’Pimms tent is sure to be a winner. New for 2016, there are pre-bookable Indulgence sessions available where you can taste a variety of wines and spirits, accompanied by sumptuous canapes and interesting talks from the passionate producers and retailers of these delicious drinks. To find out more and book your place visit the Festival website.

Further afield in Hampshire, the annual Alresford Watercress Festival takes place on Sunday 15 May and brings together thousands of visitors 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 handing out the first of the season’s watercress harvest to festival-goers. This year’s cookery demonstrations feature well-known chefs from local eateries including the Marwell Hotel, Kyoto Kitchen in Winchester and the Hoddington Arms in Upton Grey. 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 New Alresford.

Fleet is a thriving community and as part of the Hart district in Hampshire is consistently voted as one of the top places to live in the UK. If you are looking to relocate to Fleet or its’ surrounding areas then why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.

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Local Hampshire Food Festivals In May

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.

Fleet is a thriving community and was voted one of Britain’s top 20 places to raise a family in 2014.  If you are looking to relocate to Fleet or surrounding areas then why not check out our properties currently for sale in Fleet, as well as some comments from happy customers in Fleet who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.