Food heritage to be celebrated in big culinary feast

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FOR two weeks Emsworth will be the foodie capital of the south.

The Emsworth Food Fortnight will see the former fishing village bursting with culinary events, including a huge harvest festival, a Great British Menu put together by catering students, beer, wine and gin tastings and the premiere of a film about the historic oyster industry.

The event coincides with the 90th year of family-run Treagust Butchers trading on High Street.

Giles Babb, landlord of The Blue Bell Inn and chairman of Emsworth Business Association, said: ‘Emsworth’s participation in this year’s British Food Fortnight is a fantastic way to showcase its food heritage and show just what a wonderful foodie destination it really is.

‘These are so many wonderful events.

‘There is something for everyone in the community to enjoy.’

There will be echoes of the Emsworth Food Festival with two markets selling local produce from around the area.

But shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes will also be offering special menus and produce, including Treagust Butchers.

Richard Treagust, the fourth generation owner of the shop, has helped put together an exhibition on the history of 17 High Street at Emsworth Museum.

He said: ‘This is a very proud moment for us.

‘Despite out-of-town competition from supermarkets, we pride ourselves on traditional values, good service and quality to our customers.’

Mr Treagust’s son Ben has recently joined the business and has developed a range of Harry’s sausages – named after his great-grandfather.

And Alistair Gibson, from the business association, said: ‘In many ways this is a remarkable achievement and the fact that it coincides with Emsworth British Food Fortnight highlights just what a unique place Emsworth is with its food heritage and vibrant high street community.’

Other highlights include building a food mountain to donate to the Beacon Food Bank and a lunch given to people who receive food packages.

To see the full line-up from September 20 to October 5, go to