Food celebration a boost for community

Emsworth Food Festival
Emsworth Food Festival
  • Emsworth British Food Fortnight begins September 19
  • It is a celebration of the best local produce
  • Also educates young people about food
  • Year-round food collections have been established for local food bank
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STRUGGLING families will benefit directly from a celebration of local produce.

The Emsworth British Food Fortnight begins in a few weeks and the success of last year’s event has meant an even bigger boost to the local food bank.

This demonstrates the level of support in Emsworth and is a direct result of our involvement in the Emsworth Food Fortnight

Ruth Scott

More than a ton of produce was donated to the Beacon Food Bank in Havant, and, inspired by the public’s generosity, Southern Co-operative has agreed to continue the giving year-round.

Alistair Gibson, one of the organisers of the Food Fortnight, which begins on September 19, said: ‘We are delighted that the Southern Co-operative has decided to position a permanent food bank donation point in store and continue to allow Emsworth residents to support this worthwhile group. Three additional food bank collection points will be in place at the Pastoral Centre, the Baptist Church and the Southern Co-operative in Westbourne.’

This year’s open-air inter-denominational Harvest Festival takes place in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday October 4 at 11.30am.

As well as celebrating the harvest, it will see the culmination of this year’s event and the donating of Emsworth’s food mountain.

Ruth Scott is from Beacon Food Bank. She said: ‘We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the Emsworth community during the last Food Fortnight. 

‘The Methodist Church collects permanently for us anyway but now, due to public requests, the Southern Co-operative is also positioning a permanent donation point in store. 

‘This demonstrates the level of support in Emsworth and is a direct result of our involvement in the Food Fortnight.’

As well as the food bank there will be educational experiences for schools and colleges, markets, offers in restaurants, cafes and pubs and an apple pressing.

Emsworth Food Fortnight showcases the best in local produce. For information go to