Festival tastes success

Antony Worrall Thompson
Antony Worrall Thompson
The countryside surrounding Harting Down in the South Downs National Park, in West Sussex.

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THE 2011 Hampshire Food Festival saw a boost in visitors and the amount being spent, figures show.

The festival, held at 93 places throughout July, saw a 2.45 per cent growth in visitors from 215,700 in 2010 to 221,000 this year. The amount of money spent by visitors to the festival rose by 10.7 per cent from £3.45m last year to £3.82m at this year’s event.

Headline chefs this year included Atul Kochhar, Antony Worrall Thompson and James Martin, and TV wine expert Olly Smith.