Festival fun at the watercress capital
Visitors to the ‘capital of watercress’ will be in for a treat on Sunday 15th May, as Alresford’s annual watercress festival takes over the town.
Celebrating the UK’s favourite super salad leaf, the event features an array of fantastic family attractions and a wide range of mouth-watering watercress treats, ranging from traditional soup and cakes, to watercress ice cream and watercress beer - even watercress-flavoured gin!
The day kicks off at 10am with live music and the many food and craft stalls selling their wares. At 10.30am the cavalcade brings Broad Street to a standstill as the traditional horse and cart carrying the Watercress King and Queen hand out the freshest of this superfood to festival goers, followed by a procession of Morris dancers, musicians and school children, all in carnival mood as they parade through the town.
In a fun-filled day you can ride on the famous Watercress Line steam train, enjoy the food stalls selling local produce, live music, street and children’s entertainment. Then, in the afternoon, the exciting and often hilarious World Watercress Eating Championships is not to be missed, when contestants will be attempting to have their name listed in the Guinness Book of Records - and you can even register on the day.
One of the main attractions will be the cookery demonstrations by local award-winning chefs, demonstrating the versatility of watercress as an ingredient with some creative and truly mouth-watering recipes developed for the festival.
The Alresford Watercress Festival signals the start of National Watercress Week, and celebrates the start of the UK season, as well as all the benefits of this delicious, versatile and peppery little leaf.
For more information, visit www.watercressfestival.org