Celebration of the best local produce begins at Emsworth British Food Fortnight

Last year's Emsworth Food Festival
Last year's Emsworth Food Festival
  • Emsworth British Food Fortnight begins Saturday
  • St Peter’s Square has been transformed into farmer’s field – with crops
  • Events going on around the town, finishing with harvest festival
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THERE is a surprise in store for people visiting Emsworth British Food Fortnight.

Tonight, the town’s historic St Peter’s Square will be turned into a farmer’s field complete with crops of sweetcorn, chillies, courgettes and beans – and the odd scarecrow.

Food is a language we all speak

Alistair Gibson

It kicks off two weeks of events celebrating the very best in regional produce.

There will be exciting events across the town – from tea-tasting to farmers’ markets, cookery workshops and a harvest festival.

Alistair Gibson, one of the organisers, said: ‘I’m so excited about it. Everyone involved can’t wait for it to start.

‘This is about Emsworth working together.

‘There are scores of people volunteering their time to plan it and make things happen.

‘The success of last year and of Red Nose Weekend blew me away because we managed to involve everyone, the whole community, young and old.

‘Food is a language we all speak.

‘So we have to make sure that Emsworth British Food Fortnight appeals to everyone – from someone who is interested in different types of wild mushrooms, to someone who loves fish and wants to learn a bit more about it.

‘There will be food education sessions for school children. And we’ve involved the community association.

‘Rotary will be helping on the apple-pressing day because we felt there are lots of older people who have apples in the garden but cannot get down.

‘All they need to do is call Rotary and someone will make sure their apples are pressed and drop it off to them.

‘The Co-op is about to get a permanent food bank drop. That is a real legacy.’

Tomorrow is market day and will be followed by Last Night of the Proms at Emsworth Community Centre with Phoenix Singers, a ploughman’s supper and a classic British dessert.

The real emphasis is on education and community with many events for children.

But there are quirky highlights including a cocktail masterclass, creative writing for gourmets, and a show based on the love of chocolate.

full event programme

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