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3 food and drink festivals in Hampshire this summer

PUBLISHED: 13:10 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 06 July 2018

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The 2018 festival season is finally upon us and we round-up some of the best food/drink events to visit this summer

Hampshire Food Festival - 1-31 July

Celebrating 18 years, the award-winning Hampshire Food Festival offers over 60 food and farming events throughout the month of July. Tour the idyllic Hampshire lavender fields, sip sparkling wine amongst the vines, take an informative evening tractor and trailer ride through the crops, tuck in to pop-up dining experiences and learn new culinary skills from one of the many masters of their trade. Organised by local food group, Hampshire Fare – many events are free, plenty are family-friendly and they all showcase the best of Hampshire’s thriving local food scene.

Ticket price: variable

Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival - 22 July, 12pm-4.30pm

Spend a hazy afternoon sampling the best locally grown grapes at the Vineyards of Hampshire 6th annual Wine Festival - hosted by Raimes Vineyard in Hinton Ampner. “The event offers a fabulous chance to come and taste a big selection of the regions finest sparkling and still wines,” says Augusta Raimes. “There will be delicious local food stalls and music by Alresford Ukulele band. It offers a relaxed way to learn something too, with wine workshops covering food pairing, wine and chocolate and comparisons of sparkling wine, champagne and prosecco. With the vineyard a short stroll away, you can also find out about how we grow our grapes. It is a privilege to invite visitors from across the county and beyond to our little pocket of Hampshire.”

Ticket price: £12.00 per person. Workshops £10.00 per person (Food & Wine Pairing | Wine & Chocolate Tasting | “Behind the Bubbles” - a comparative tasting of cava, prosecco, English sparkling and champagne | Growing a vine in your garden) Entry includes an engraved tasting glass and programme.

Graze, Twyford - 26 August

What to expect: Twyford’s home-grown fest returns for its fourth year with a delicious mix of music and fine food. Bringing the eclectic festival to its climax will be From the Jam, comprised of legendary former ‘The Jam’ bassist Bruce Foxton, vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon, and Andy Fairclough on Hammond and piano. Neville Staple of The Specials will bring a dance extravaganza with hits such as Ghost Town, Rat Race and A Message To You. What’s more, this family-friendly fest raises money for great local groups and charities.

Ticket price: Adults - £35.00, Young Person (13 – 17 years) - £20.00, Child (6 – 12 years) £12.50, Under 5s free

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