Producers and businesses who haven’t been part of the Hampshire Food Festival before are being encouraged to get involved this time around.
Every July more than 75 food and farming-related events take place across the county as part of the festival.
The focus is always on locally-produced food and drink and involves the producers themselves as well as the shops, hotels and restaurants that sell Hampshire produce.
From touring vineyards and farms to cookery theatres, pop-up dinners, family fun days and artisan markets there is something for all budgets and ages.
The festival is a chance to explore the food made in the county and for local businesses to promote their products and services.
Last year’s festival events attracted an estimated 185,000 people with visitor spending reaching close to £5 million.
The festival is big boost to the local economy and a draw for visitors to the county and invaluable in terms of the attention it brings to local producers.
The month-long celebration of local food and drink is co-ordinated by Hampshire Fare, the county’s local food group.
Tracy Nash, the group’s commercial manager, said: ‘The Hampshire Food Festival is about celebrating the array of local food and drink reared, grown and made here in Hampshire.
‘It is the only festival of its kind in the country with over 75 events stretching across 31 days!
‘We’re really keen to hear from venues, producers and organisations who haven’t taken part in the festival before.
‘We love adding new events and ideas each year and would really love to hear from any enthusiastic people out there who are committed to growing, serving or selling local produce.’
Sue Rockhill from Hampshire Jam and Chutney Company runs Jamming Sessions as part of the Hampshire Food Festival.
‘We really enjoy being part of the Hampshire Food Festival, we met lots of keen jam makers and had plenty of fun creating delicious flavours,’ she said.
‘The festival has such a far reach in terms of promotion and appeal it’s an invaluable way to raise awareness of our brand. We will definitely be involved again this year.’
For more information visit hampshirefare.co.uk. Anyone interested should contact the team before March 21.
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