A POPULAR festival that celebrates food in a historic market town is set to return for its second year.
Last year saw the first ever Taste of Wickham festival and due to its success, it will return on September 13 promising to be even bigger and better.
Blessed with gorgeous weather, Wickham Square was buzzing with more than 4,000 visitors last year.
Organisers are hoping to see the same numbers again and have been busy booking extra stalls and activities.
This year will see a total of 58 stall-holders, up 10 from last year, from florists to crafters, butchers to bakers and live music from musicians, showcasing Wickham talent.
Ben Sawyers, chairman of the organising team, said: ‘After the success of last year’s festival, we have been inundated with applications from many local producers and businesses, all wanting to participate this year.
‘We’ve done our best to include a wide and interesting variety of stalls while ensuring this really is a taste of Wickham and not just another market.
‘Not only do we have businesses joining us from in and around the Square, we also have food stalls and plenty of fun activities for the children, such as the Jungle Buddies Playbus, a bouncy castle and free craft activities.
‘It promises to be a really great family day out.’
The Southern Co-operative has been confirmed as the main supporter of the event, and they will be putting on cookery demonstrations, and four local chefs will be revealing their recipes.
The Southern Co-op’s manager at Wickham, Stuart Heaton, said: ‘After the success of last year’s event, we’re really excited to be involved again and to support the festival this year.
‘As well as our Local Flavours range being used in the cookery demos, we’ll be showcasing the range in our store for visitors to try some of Hampshire’s wonderful food and drink.’
There will be two park and ride shuttle buses operating between Westlands Farm and the Square. For more details go to tasteofwickham.co.uk.