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Fleet Food Festival draws in crowd of 7,000

From local master chefs to learning about keeping bees and tasting wines, take a look as thousands of food lovers made the inaugural food festival a success

 

Thousands of foodies flocked to Fleet's first food festival on Sunday May 25.

From local master chefs and Great British Bake Off finalist, Beca Lyne-Pirkis, to learning about keeping bees, raising chickens and the wines of New Zealand and Spain, local food lovers were in their element during the mouth-watering event on The Views.

Visitors were also able to grab some locally-sourced food from an array of stallholders and eat it while relaxing with friends and family listening to live music from a range of bands.

They could also sample the local brews provided by Hampshire-based Hometown Festivals in the beer tent.

There was plenty for the children to do too, with local businesswoman Ellie Kelly of Buttons Parties providing a Mad Hatter family marquee, which was packed with youngsters planting seeds, decorating hats and taking part in a Mad Hatter hunt around the park.

The event was organised by the Fleet and District Festival Committee, a group of local volunteers who love the town and good food.

Committee member Sue Tilley said: "As it was our first food festival we really hoped lots of people would come along to enjoy the day and we weren't disappointed.

"The sun shone and more than 7,000 came to watch the demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre marquee, listen to the talks, visit the 40-plus food stalls in the Food Market, and sample the local beers and pimms in the Pint ‘n’ Pimms Tent.

"We have already had some amazing comments from festival goers and we are delighted it was such a hit.

“We’re very much hoping this will become an annual event and given the tremendous support we’ve had this year I don’t think there’s much doubt because the majority of stallholders have already said can they come back.

"We definitely hope this will become an important part of Fleet’s annual calendar.”

 
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