On 3rd September, Hampshire Farmers’ Markets will be returning to Hamble’s Foreshore Car Park from 10am to 4pm for the village’s Festival of Food.
“Around 30 of our producers will be setting up shop for the day,” says Alex Handford, business manager at Hampshire Farmers’ Markets (HFM). “At the last event celebrating St George’s Day in April there was a great turnout and everyone said it was a brilliant day out. We’re hoping this means even more people will come along to see us on the 3rd’”
Back in April, it was the first time producer Cupcakes ‘mmm Cookies had attended a Hampshire Farmers’ Market at Hamble and their delicious treats certainly proved too tempting for some. “I’m really looking forward to this September’s festival,” says owner Tracy Burns. “Our cupcakes and cookies are all freshly baked with lots of different flavours for those who love sweet things. I certainly don’t feel like I’m a new member of Hampshire Farmers’ Markets as everyone has been so welcoming and friendly – I can’t wait for lots more markets,” she continues.
Just some of the other Hampshire producers you will find on the day include the award-winning Ambrose Sausages, as well as New House Venison and Game, both of whom will be selling meat perfect for that last minute end-of-summer barbecue. If it’s new plants for your garden you’re after, then make sure you visit Fernlea Nurseries’ stand, or Whinwhistle Nursery and Cutting Garden.
For freshly baked artisan bread, The Flour Stall will have lots of loaves on offer, plus those hooked on seafood will be keen to see what’s available from Catch Isle of Wight and Kerri’s Catch. Plus, as well as cupcakes and cookies, there will be more sweet delights from Fordingbridge Fudge, Michelle Mason Chocolates and cakes from Beceries.
As an addition to the festival, on the quayside there will also be music from St Andrew’s Pipe Band, face painting, JJ’s cider tasting and Bursledon Brickworks will be putting on activities for children. Best of all, parking is free. The village’s pubs and restaurants have produced special menus and will be getting involved with events throughout the day, including The Bugle, who will be offering tastings from their stand on the quayside.