Mouth-watering grub at annual Southsea Food Festival

TASTY Last year's Southsea Food Festival
TASTY Last year's Southsea Food Festival
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FOR years it has given food lovers the chance to taste cuisine from the continent.

Now The Southsea Food Festival is back, and organisers reckon this year’s showcase of mouth-watering grub will be the best yet.

This weekend Palmerston Road precinct and parts of Osborne Road and Clarendon Road will be closed and turned into a market with more than 100 stalls selling breads, olives, pastries and other fresh produce.

During the two-day event, which is in its sixth year, visitors will be treated to a Mamma Mia Italian Market and a ‘kitchen theatre’ which will see local chefs cooking their signature dishes out in the open on Palmerston Road.

Bands organised by The Cellars at Eastney will take to a stage at the crossroads of Clarendon Road, Osborne Road and Palmerston Road.

Children will also get to pet cows, sheep and chickens at a mini-zoo on Stanley Street.

On Sunday only Hampshire Farmers Market will sell a range of local produce at the precinct between 10am and 4pm.

The rest of the events will run on both days between the same times. Entry is free.

As a warm-up to the weekend food festival Italian foods will be on offer as part of the Amber Continental Market in Palmerston Road precinct all-day on Thursday and Friday.

Colin Walker, district centres co-ordinator for Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It’s a great event which showcases the best of local businesses.

‘It gives them an opportunity to promote themselves and give everyone a good time.

‘We reckon this year’s Southsea Food Festival is going to be the biggest and best yet.

‘We’ve worked hard to get this family fun event together.

‘It’s taken us six months to get everything together so we hope people will enjoy it.’