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The Hampshire Food Festival will be returning in July and over 60 food and farming events will be taking place throughout the month. From Romsey and Winchester to Southampton and Landford, the festival takes place across the whole of the county and invites visitors to explore the very best of the region’s food and drink.

The festival is one of the largest events in the county and food-lovers from all over the UK often flock to the region to stay in holiday cottages in Hampshire to attend it.

Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, Tracy Nash, commercial manager of the Hampshire Food Festival, says, “The festival is an opportunity for people to go behind the scenes of the county’s thriving local food culture.

“Visitors can see where our ingredients are grown and learn more about why our country is so good at producing.”

The Hampshire Food Festival, which is organised by the Hampshire Fare, will be celebrating its 17th anniversary, having been founded back in 2000. Celebrity chef James Martin has also been helping to promote the festival by providing the foreword for the festivals programme.

Events to take place in the New Forest

The New Forest is a popular holiday destination, but in July it will be hosting a number of events with a music and food festival taking place at The Pig in Brockenhurst on July 9.

There will also be events in Southampton with an alfresco dining week taking place on Oxford Street from July 15, whilst a pop-up fish restaurant will be heading to Shamrock Quay on 22, 23, 29 and 30 July.

Staying in Southampton, award-winning butchers Uptons of Bassett will be giving would-be gourmet chefs an insight into the world of smoking and using woods to create different flavours.

In Winchester there will be a canape evening, hosted by two MasterChef finalists Jane Devonshire and Juanita Hennessey, taking place at Myers Touch on SpringVale Road on July 13.