Live music and tasty food at Emsworth Food Fortnight

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GREAT food and music are always a winning combination.

And this was certainly true in Emsworth as hundreds of people enjoyed local pork pies, fresh cider and Beatles-style music from local band, Heronshaw.

The musicians performed on the roof of the Blue Bell Inn, delighting the crowds below in South Street car park.

The Thought for Food Market celebrated local produce and was one of the highlights of Emsworth Food Fortnight, which continues with an action-packed line-up this week.

Among the stall-holders on Saturday was Maggie Haynes, who founded the Tuppenny Barn smallholding for organic vegetables and fruit in Southbourne.

She said: ‘It’s been fantastic.

‘It appeals to the local food community.

‘It’s great for people to showcase what they grow and eat and great for the public to see the range of tasty food there is on their doorstep.’

Jack Smallman, 30, came over from West Sussex to showcase his venison and game meats from the South Downs.

He said: ‘It’s the first time we have come here and I have been very happy.

‘It’s been a nice day out and people are interested in what we are doing.’

And it wasn’t only people enjoying scrumptious treats.

Dominique Pizzingrilli made cheese and carrot muffins and popcorn for pets.

The 47-year-old, from Surrey, who runs the Little Pet Biscuit Company, said: ‘It’s been great fun.

‘I have a had a pork pie from next door and a bit of cider – it’s excellent. There’s a real buzz about the place.’

Other foods on offer were local sausages, gourmet Bubble and Squeak and home-made fudge.

Linda Newell, from Emsworth Museum, was handing out food recipe cards, which have been made by local businesses.

Recipes include pea and lettuce soup and scallops and mash.

Mrs Newell was also promoting an exhibition at the museum telling the real story of Emsworth’s oyster industry.

She said: ‘The recipe cards have been done by local producers and suppliers and show the quality we have.’

Lulu Bowerman, one of the organisers, said: ‘The village has been alive and all the stallholders have been really happy.

‘Emsworth has always been a great food destination.’

Highlights this week include the building of a food mountain for the Beacon Food Bank on Sunday from 11.30am in St Peter’s Square.