Pub hosts festival to give people a taste of the food and drink offering in Eversley
Food lovers tucked into a feast of fresh summer produce at a food and drink festival over the bank holiday weekend.
The Chequers pub in Eversley Cross teamed up with local suppliers to host the three-day event.
Pub manager Jordan Marr partnered with award-winning foodies from the Eversley Centre Stores, John Hartle and Gill Lewis, to stage the food demos, talks and hands-on activities. Mr Marr held the event to inform people about the importance of buying independent produce in an ‘entertaining yet educational way’.
“We take a lot of care in choosing the ingredients that go into the food we serve and our chefs cook with as much great quality local and British produce as they can get their hands on,” Mr Marr said.
“We also want to do as much as we can to support local food and drink producers and spread the word about the good stuff they grow and make, so others get to know about them and buy them, whether direct from the producer or from places like Eversley Centre Stores who do so much to champion local fare.”
Some of the highlights included cake decorating sessions, chef demonstrations, try and buy stands and a beer festival.
The event began with a masterclass in gin tasting followed by a grill presentation from experts Aubrey Allen who explained how the pub gets all its meat from field to fork.
The carnivorous theme continued on Saturday morning, with sausage-making using Blythburgh free-range pork from Jimmy Butler’s Suffolk farm and a butchery demonstration to learn about different cuts of meat.
Eversley Centre Stores held a market stall packed with produce, alongside Hampshire producers selling their own fare.
Visitors stocked their larder with everything from locally brewed ales and ciders to Hampshire cheeses, chutneys, jams and cakes.