Thousands visit Taste of Wickham Festival

Children meeting the farm animals at Taste of Wickham Festival. Pictures: The Southern Cooperative

Children meeting the farm animals at Taste of Wickham Festival. Pictures: The Southern Cooperative

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CROWDS of people took a bite of what was on offer at the Taste of Wickham Festival.

The first-time event was stretched to capacity with more than 4,000 visitors – over twice the number anticipated by organisers.

jpns-19-09-14 taste of wickham spread 15''The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eileen Berry, opening the event at 10am by cutting the festival cake.

jpns-19-09-14 taste of wickham spread 15''The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eileen Berry, opening the event at 10am by cutting the festival cake.

The festival, on Sunday, took place in Wickham’s famous medieval Square and offered up local produce, barbecues, tasters and cookery demonstrations.

On the day, leader of Winchester City Council, Cllr Robert Humby, and parish clerk Nicki Oliver, had to help the overflowing park and ride service provided by Meon Valley Lions by ferrying visitors to and from the event.

Cllr Humby said: ‘The sheer number of visitors took everybody by surprise, but in helping with the “rides” back to the car park, I was able to hear first-hand how the visitors had enjoyed their day and heard nothing but praise for the organising team.’

Many stall holders sold out by the end of the day and businesses have already begun signing up for the next festival if the event is given the go-ahead for a second year.

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Sophie Lombard, co-owner of Confiserie Verdonk chocolate shop and organising team member, said: ‘With over 40 volunteers helping in the planning and running of the event, it really was a joint community effort and we’ve 
had nothing but positive feedback.’

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