Opera songs and spicy flavours this weekend

Experiment with new Mediterranean tastes
Experiment with new Mediterranean tastes
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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An event dedicated to highlighting the cuisine, culture and vibrant spirit of the Mediterranean takes place this weekend.

Medfest offers live music and dance, food demonstrations and tastings, gardening tips and advice.

Specialist Mediterranean stallholders will also be on hand, so you can take some flavour home with you.

Opera singers who have entertained Elton John at his private party and sung for the Jordanian royal family will be performing.

Songs from La Traviata, Carmen and Brindisi roll off their tongues in hilarious fashion.

Live dance performances followed by workshops will give you the opportunity to be inspired and have a go at shimmying and sashaying to the exotic beats.

Visitors can savour the delicious Mediterranean cuisine with Rosemary Moon, as she creates an eclectic mix of authentic Mediterranean dishes and her own recipes in a rolling programme of food demonstrations.

Also Sarah Wain, responsible for the wealth of fruits and vegetables at West Dean Gardens, will be offering her expert advice.

The event takes place at West Dean Gardens near Chichester this weekend, 10.30am-5pm daily. For tickets, see westdean.org.uk.