We dropped in to the first Waterlooville Festival of Food and Drink this weekend.
Organised by the hugely successful Petersfield Food festival, promoters have decided that Waterlooville could host its very own festival.
We arrived a little after 10.30 and it was in full swing. Although not a huge amount of stalls, there were some interesting displays, sights, sounds and wonderful smells. I should imagine, should the Festival become a permanent annual fixture, subsequent markets will increase in size.
The stalls were selling a large variety of food and drink. Amidst the market, we noticed the usual Jam/Chutneys and locally produced sweets/fudge that frequent such events. There was a few ventures selling food from overseas – noticeably Peru and Greece. You could also buy cider, beer and wine at a specially separated area cordoned off from under 18s. We didn’t notice any locally produced meat stalls.
Disappointedly, the advertised ‘street entertainers’ were absent and there were a couple of businesses that were not strictly food or drink (Gym, slimming club, garden furniture?). However, like I have already mentioned this was the first festival and it could develop into a must-go annual event.
I can’t vouch for any of the produce as we didn’t buy anything on this occasion, but it certainly looked satisfactory, and some of it smelt amazing!
We went to the Classic Car Motor Show a few weeks back however, it seemed more active.
We found one less than favourable review here.
What do you think? Did you go along? What could they do better? Would you go again?