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SIZZLING sausages, pretty pink macaroons, Italian pizza and even fish finger sandwiches – it was all on offer at a packed Southsea Food Festival.

The event attracted thousands of people to Palmerston Road and Osborn Road, as scores of traders sold every food imaginable.

The annual event is in its seventh year and is organised by Portsmouth City Council’s town management team.

Becci Coghlan, town centre manager, said: ‘We had 10 more traders than we had last year so now we had around 50.

‘We had loads of different food, there was sunshine, it was amazing. This year was so busy – it was fantastic.’

The event took place across the weekend – and saw a pop-up kitchen with local restaurants and chefs putting on demonstrations. There was also live music, organised by the Cellars at Eastney, as well as farm animals, competitions and cake decorating.

Phil Pullen and Lindsay and Mark Knightingale from UK Bratwurst company ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151014-7)

Phil Pullen and Lindsay and Mark Knightingale from UK Bratwurst company ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151014-7)

Soaking up the atmosphere was bespoke furniture designer Jamie Hartt, from Southsea. He had created a pop-up bar for restaurant Circolo Pizzeria.

Mr Hartt, 25, said: ‘It has been fantastic, great pizza and atmosphere. We need more events like this in Southsea.’

Owner of Circolo Pizzeria, in Osborn Road, Gianni Shipp, said it was the second year his restaurant had taken part. He said: ‘It went so well, the weather was great and everyone enjoyed themselves.’

This year was so busy – it was fantastic.

Becci Coghlan, town centre manager
Greg, 35, Lily, 34, and two-year-old Kaja Kopacz ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151014-9)

Greg, 35, Lily, 34, and two-year-old Kaja Kopacz ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151014-9)