VIDEO: Thousands turn out for scrumptious Christchurch Food Festival weekend

Bournemouth Echo: MUNCH LUNCH: Amy O’Guynn and Lindsey Crosby of Sweet Serenity MUNCH LUNCH: Amy O’Guynn and Lindsey Crosby of Sweet Serenity

THE streets of Christchurch were awash with food, drink and a few star names at the weekend.

Appearances from celebrity chefs Lesley Waters and Cyrus Todiwala added a dash of extra glamour to the town’s annual food and wine festival.

Opened by the mayor, Cllr John Lofts, on Saturday, visitors enjoyed a selection of treats and delicacies.

Chairman of the food festival committee Vicki Hallam said around 70,000 people were expected to have shown up across the two days.

She said: “People have been really enjoying the demonstrations – particularly the ones from Lesley Waters and Cyrus Todiwala. It’s been fantastic. We were concerned when we saw the weather forecast but it has turned out to be really good.”

More than 100 stalls were set up by traders showing off products ranging from olives to fine oils, asparagus, bread, sausages and cheeses.

However, those with a sweeter tooth were also catered for and the spectacular cakes on offer from Westbourne based Sweet Serenity were proving a big hit with passers-by.

Manager of Sweet Serenity Lindsey Crosby, who was accompanied by cake artist Amy O’Guynn, said it was the pair’s first time at the festival and a great opportunity to extend their customer base.

She added: “It’s been a good day. All the traders have been really friendly. We want to show people that cakes don’t have to be dry and tasteless.

“Cake makers sometimes get a bad rap but we don’t put in any additives and try to keep them healthy. “

The event also featured music from Swing Unlimited Big Band, with an Italian market on cobbled Church Street and an Artisan market in the Natwest car park.

There were demonstrations from local chefs under the marquee in the Regent Centre car park.

On Sunday the Kings Arms Hotel in Castle Street played host to the much anticipated Great Christchurch Bake Off and a family fun day on the bowling green and pavilion.

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2:31pm Mon 12 May 14

twynham says...

Although personally I am not a foodie and much of the festival appears to be regular take-away stalls which can be seen elsewhere it’s good to see the food festival attracting so many people to our lovely town for a well organised event despite the changeable weather and also a great boost for town centre pubs
It was especially gratifying to see council members participating and best of all, when I checked this morning all trees in Druitt gardens seemed to be still standing!
Although personally I am not a foodie and much of the festival appears to be regular take-away stalls which can be seen elsewhere it’s good to see the food festival attracting so many people to our lovely town for a well organised event despite the changeable weather and also a great boost for town centre pubs It was especially gratifying to see council members participating and best of all, when I checked this morning all trees in Druitt gardens seemed to be still standing! twynham
  • Score: 6

3:50pm Mon 12 May 14

Bob49 says...

sadly it has pretty much degenerated into not much more than "regular take-away stalls "

the organisers need to re-vitalise what was a great festival as it is starting to look a bit tacky and downmarket

ps just how many wild boar sausage/burger stals are needed, bearing in mind that most use imported meat from Poland ?
sadly it has pretty much degenerated into not much more than "regular take-away stalls " the organisers need to re-vitalise what was a great festival as it is starting to look a bit tacky and downmarket ps just how many wild boar sausage/burger stals are needed, bearing in mind that most use imported meat from Poland ? Bob49
  • Score: 10

8:16pm Mon 12 May 14

loulou41 says...

It was brilliantly organised a real great event as always, just a bit of a bug bare, now I do like dogs but there was so many it was ridiculous the place is already packed to the rafters without tripping over dogs, one guy I saw was telling a friend how his (enormous ) dog was moulting and was it!!! All the hair was flying over to the burger stool yuk! Surely people could keep them at home for a while, I can't imagine it's much fun for them either!!
It was brilliantly organised a real great event as always, just a bit of a bug bare, now I do like dogs but there was so many it was ridiculous the place is already packed to the rafters without tripping over dogs, one guy I saw was telling a friend how his (enormous ) dog was moulting and was it!!! All the hair was flying over to the burger stool yuk! Surely people could keep them at home for a while, I can't imagine it's much fun for them either!! loulou41
  • Score: 6

9:07pm Mon 12 May 14

twynham says...

Burger Stool?
Glad I missed that one!
Burger Stool? Glad I missed that one! twynham
  • Score: 2

9:56pm Mon 12 May 14

loulou41 says...

Oops got that wrong !!!!!! Sorry
Oops got that wrong !!!!!! Sorry loulou41
  • Score: 0

9:56pm Mon 12 May 14

loulou41 says...

loulou41 wrote:
Oops got that wrong !!!!!! Sorry
Stall !!!!
[quote][p][bold]loulou41[/bold] wrote: Oops got that wrong !!!!!! Sorry[/p][/quote]Stall !!!! loulou41
  • Score: 1

9:56pm Mon 12 May 14

loulou41 says...

loulou41 wrote:
Oops got that wrong !!!!!! Sorry
Stall !!!!
[quote][p][bold]loulou41[/bold] wrote: Oops got that wrong !!!!!! Sorry[/p][/quote]Stall !!!! loulou41
  • Score: 0

6:38pm Wed 14 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Who are the 'celebrities'?

Did the Priory's Vicar turn up?
Who are the 'celebrities'? Did the Priory's Vicar turn up? Yankee1
  • Score: 1

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