The Christchurch Food Festival is a fast-growing business-led event. It has developed into a huge and popular attraction drawing thousands of people to our colourful and vibrant town centre and picturesque riverside setting. This culinary relationship with our environment is visualized through the use of bespoke illustrations in our Festival’s marketing.
This year will be the 18th Festival and to keep things fresh and exciting you will find changes all around whilst keeping the best of the Festival alive and well.
On Saturday 6th May and Sunday 7th May, the Street Market will once again be through the whole of Christchurch town centre, with stalls the length of the High Street selling food to take home, ingredients, cakes, cooking utensils, wines, liqueurs and lots more besides as well as delicious snacks to eat there and then… the vast majority of whom are of local provenance.
In Saxon Square for the first time, we are welcoming Broil who will be demonstrating BBQing – not only for you to watch but to have a go as well. Excellent practice for those summer days in the garden!
Down on the picturesque Christchurch Quay will be the Festival Village on the same weekend of 6th & 7th May. This year the Village will take up the whole Quay and will be home to the Lovett Demonstration Theatre where you can watch for free, celebrity chefs including Dean Edwards, Master Chef Winner and resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine; Lesley Waters who is the Festival’s Patron and long-standing popular TV chef as well as newcomer chocolatier, Alana Spencer, who was the 2016 The Apprentice winner. At the Village, we will also have a local Beer Festival; Kids’ Kitchen; Soho Pizza Lounge; Conker Gin and loads of stalls selling everything foodie.
But the Festival isn’t just about the weekend. It is so much more than that! From Monday 1st May through to Sunday 21st May local eateries the length and breadth of Christchurch will be putting on events, offers and entertainment to give you a chance to try somewhere and something new. The events will all be listed on this website nearer the time.
In March we will produce the Festival Programme which lists everything which is going on. It will be widely available or email and ask for one to be sent by post.
And this year, we have events organised by the Festival in the Lovett Demonstration Theatre over the Market Weekend, so have a look at the relevant pages which include on Friday 5th May the Perfect Hoedown Throwdown – a lively evening of great food and dancing to the famous Celidh band Black Sheep. On Saturday 6th May in the evening, Dean Edwards will be demonstrating some of his signature dishes and this will be followed by supper and entertainment. Both events are ticketed so click on the link on the page with more info to get your tickets booked.