Community, education and celebration
Community, education and celebration were central to the theme of this year’s British Food Fortnight in Emsworth, which proved more popular than ever.
There was a truly varied programme of events and activities over the fortnight, from local producer markets to an apple pressing day, and a community seafood lunch on the quay to a traditional pie masterclass.
The Emsworth Community Seafood lunch celebrated the town’s fishing heritage. Lunch was served on the Quay, on long communal tables, and prepared by four of the area’s leading chefs: Lawrence Murphy (Fat Olives Restaurant), Giles Babb (Blue Bell Inn), Gary Pearce (Restaurant 36 on the Quay) and Jon Scourfield (Brookfield Hotel).
In many ways this was the very essence of this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight - local chefs, using local ingredients from local producers, creating local dishes for local people and served on Emsworth’s historic fishing Quay which is a ‘touch stone’ to the community’s food past.
The event sold out within two hours of tickets being made available, and all profits from the lunch were donated to local charity, Stonepillow raising almost £1000.
The fortnight also featured a wide range of cookery demonstrations, workshops and tastings, aimed at being both fun and informative, plus the Hampshire Farmers’ Market Awards Dinner at the Brookfield Hotel.
Alistair Gibson, from Emsworth Business Association, said: “Once again Emsworth has shown it self to be a real foodie destination but more than that it has shown it truly embraces its community. This year perhaps for the first time Emsworth British Food Fortnight has achieved a reputation that attracts people from further afield than the local area, establishing itself as an event on the calendar. Thank you to all our sponsors who really embraced the whole fortnight. We laid the dinner table and it appears as if people have pulled up a chair and sat down to eat!”