The Hampshire Food Festival is now well under way and as popular as ever with many events selling out. Organised by county food group Hampshire Fare and backed by Hampshire County Council, the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival is in its 13th year and last year attracted over 295,000 visitors. Many events, which are all held at numerous different locations across Hampshire, are free or low-cost, and there is plenty for adults, children and families. The Festival’s success was recognised with ‘Gold Award’ for ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ at the 2012 Beautiful South Awards for Excellence organised by Tourism South East.

Events include farm tours, local food-themed festival menus and celebration dinners, hands-on cookery, chocolate and jam-making workshops, buffalo herding, butchery master classes, brewery tours, vineyard tours and wine tasting, cookery demonstrations, barbecues, lavender farm walks, lavender chocolate-making and lavender teas, an amateur chef competition, vegetable hunts, bakery and fish filleting demos, food and farm festivals, farmers’ markets and more!

This weekend sees Sparsholt College hosting a celebration of the region’s finest food and drink that will see ‘Hampshire’ as the dish of the day at the Taste of Hampshire event on Saturday 13 July 2013.

This event will showcase the very best of the county’s produce for visitors to sample and experience, there will be demonstrations from a number of leading chefs and the final of Fuller’s ‘2013 Hampshire Dish of the Year’ to enjoy. Chefs from local pubs will take part in the cook-off final of the competition and you are invited to watch and discover how they use local ingredients in their cooking.

Whilst this is all going on there will also be more than 25 local producers offering you the chance to sample and buy local produce. If the sight of all this food makes you peckish there will be food to available to buy for lunch.

So why not make a day of it in the sunshine.