Olives, bread and cheese, oh my! Tickle your taste buds at Christchurch Food Festival

SWEET DELIGHT: Jennie Langridge and, right, Sarah Bradley of Clevercow Cakes

SWEET DELIGHT: Jennie Langridge and, right, Sarah Bradley of Clevercow Cakes

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LAST-minute preparations are being made for this year’s Christchurch Food and Wine Festival.

The foodie extravaganza, which takes place this weekend, will see more than 100 stalls set-up in the town centre crammed with tasty treats and delicious drinks for hungry visitors.

With music from Swing Unlimited Big Band on Saturday morning, following the official opening at 10am with patron Lesley Waters and Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr John Lofts, the event looks set to attract bumper crowds once more.

The market will be open from 10am to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with offerings including olives, fine oils, locally grown asparagus, bread, sausages and cheeses.

The Italian market will be based in cobbled Church Street and the Artisan market will be held in Natwest car park.

Druitt Gardens will be used as a picnic area with activities for children.

Demonstrations from local chefs will be held in the marquee in the Regent Centre car park with appearances from Lesley Waters and Cyrus Todiwala as well as local chefs.

Youngsters can try their hand at cooking in the Kids’ Kitchen at the Priory School in Wick Lane, with fun workshops taking place on both days.

The Kochen Clan pipe band from twin town Aalen will be playing at various locations in the town for five to 10 minutes at a time as well.

On Sunday the Kings Arms hotel in Castle Street will be hosting the Great Christchurch Bake Off and a family fun day on the bowling green and pavilion.

  • For more information on events, go to christchurchfoodfest.co.uk for more information.

SUPPORT OF THE COUNCIL

CHRISTCHURCH council will continue its support of the major event this year by acting as a sponsor.

After last year’s event the council were forced to ‘re-examine’ their support due to reduced central government funding. It is now providing cash sponsorship of the demonstration marquee.

Cllr Claire Bath, portfolio holder for economy at Christchurch council, said: “We no longer have the resources available within the council to provide the administrative support we have been able to in the past. However this is an event which deserves our support. We will be providing funds which will ensure that the festival carries on as successfully as before.”

Vicki Hallam, chairman of the Food Festival committee, added: “We’re grateful to the council for its continued support.”

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9:05am Fri 9 May 14

bsjc1234 says...

I have to confess I am slightly worried about this year’s festival, as a local resident I obviously wish it well and I for one will be paying a visit but somehow something seems different this year.
1) Branding – Apart from a couple of AA signs put up yesterday where are the banners/advertising letting outsiders know Dorset’s biggest food festival is taking place, they cannot be so complacent that they hope “All will simply know about it”
2) The lack of a big name, ok Lesley is coming and yes she is good but where are the big names, the anchors? No James Martin this year so we should have had a big name replacement like for example “Hairy Bikers” or “John and Greg” from Masterchef
3) The bake off, great efforts last year with the marquee on the Quamps but this year a small bowlers pavilion on the bowling green, not big enough for the numbers
4) Promotion of fringe events, I know there are things happening in the Library and other places but I only know because I have been passed the info, others do not know and this could lead to reduced numbers

Okay fingers crossed for another good event and yes I will be supporting with my hard earned money but please remember Christchurch, you cannot rest on your laurels as other shows will eventually catch up.

Good luck and hope the weather is wrong.
I have to confess I am slightly worried about this year’s festival, as a local resident I obviously wish it well and I for one will be paying a visit but somehow something seems different this year. 1) Branding – Apart from a couple of AA signs put up yesterday where are the banners/advertising letting outsiders know Dorset’s biggest food festival is taking place, they cannot be so complacent that they hope “All will simply know about it” 2) The lack of a big name, ok Lesley is coming and yes she is good but where are the big names, the anchors? No James Martin this year so we should have had a big name replacement like for example “Hairy Bikers” or “John and Greg” from Masterchef 3) The bake off, great efforts last year with the marquee on the Quamps but this year a small bowlers pavilion on the bowling green, not big enough for the numbers 4) Promotion of fringe events, I know there are things happening in the Library and other places but I only know because I have been passed the info, others do not know and this could lead to reduced numbers Okay fingers crossed for another good event and yes I will be supporting with my hard earned money but please remember Christchurch, you cannot rest on your laurels as other shows will eventually catch up. Good luck and hope the weather is wrong. bsjc1234
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12:36pm Sun 11 May 14

FrogKiss says...

I had a really good day at the festival yesterday. Congratulations to the organisers.
My one and only comment of criticism was for the poor stall holders trying to hold their gazebos down in the blustery conditions. Some could tie them to street benches, others had nothing in the vicinity to use. If one had been upended it could have caused serious injury to the crowd.
Really could do with some concrete blocks with eyelet loops. Or even recycle some of the old sandbags recently collected by the council.
I had a really good day at the festival yesterday. Congratulations to the organisers. My one and only comment of criticism was for the poor stall holders trying to hold their gazebos down in the blustery conditions. Some could tie them to street benches, others had nothing in the vicinity to use. If one had been upended it could have caused serious injury to the crowd. Really could do with some concrete blocks with eyelet loops. Or even recycle some of the old sandbags recently collected by the council. FrogKiss
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