A taste of food from around the world at Southsea festival

SERVICE WITH A SMILE Fabien Buirette, 51, from The Loire Valley in France brings his products all the way to Southsea. (122386-1010)

SERVICE WITH A SMILE Fabien Buirette, 51, from The Loire Valley in France brings his products all the way to Southsea. (122386-1010)

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SHOPPERS savoured different tastes from around the continents as Southsea held a weekend celebration of food.

Families sampled worldwide cuisines and got into the community spirit at The Southsea Food Festival.

TUCK IN Tereza Bonvondrackova, 30, serves up churros. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122386-958)

TUCK IN Tereza Bonvondrackova, 30, serves up churros. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122386-958)

The two-day event, which is in its ninth year, saw local businesses show off their finest produce at stalls in Palmerston Road precinct and Osborne Road and Clarendon Road.

Visitors were treated to a Mamma Mia Italian Market and a ‘kitchen theatre’ where local chefs cooked their signature dishes out in the open on Palmerston Road.

Breads, olives, cheeses, chutneys and chorizo sausages were some of the tasty food on offer.

Jon Stemp, 66, and his wife Jen, 64, of Widley, enjoyed the occasion and bought some Thai noodles and ciabatta rolls.

‘It’s been brilliant,’ Mr Stemp said.

‘There’s been a lovely atmosphere.

‘Events like this bring the community together. We’ve been to Emsworth Food Festival before so we knew what to expect.’

Carly Leaning, 24, of Copnor, said: ‘I’ve been impressed by the different varieties of food.

‘It’s nice to see lots of local traders getting together.’

Bands organised by The Cellars at Eastney performed on a stage at the crossroads of Clarendon Road, Osborne Road and Palmerston Road.

Hampshire Farmers Market sold a range of local produce in the area and children got to pet animals at a mini-zoo in Stanley Street.

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