Taste of Hampshire dinner to showcase county’s produce

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A TASTE of Hampshire dinner will be held to showcase the best of the county’s produce.

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets (HFM) is holding the event in association with Emsworth Business Association at the Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth on September 30.

Alex Handford, HFM business manager, said: ‘The dinner will be a great opportunity for those who love high-quality local produce to come along and enjoy a wide range of award winning food from our Hampshire Farmers’ Markets producers, prepared and presented by the Brookfield Hotel chef, and to be entertained and informed by two of our interesting, knowledgeable and eloquent producers.’

Mike Smales of Lyburn Cheese, who was previously chairman of HFM and the National Farmers’ Union, will be one of the speakers. Mr Smales will talk about changes in the food industry from his perspective as a dairy farmer, cheese maker and organic vegetable grower.

Ian Kellet of Hambledon Vineyard will speak about the growing popularity of English wine and the creation of the vineyard’s sparkling wines.

The dinner and will feature award-winning local produce from HFM producers from across Hampshire, including seared pigeon breast, Rosary goats cheese, local mackerel, fresh local vegetables and hay smoked venison haunch.

To book email the Brookfield Hotel at bookings@brookfieldhotel.co.ukor call 01243 373363.