The Big Feast Weekend Emsworth - The Directory Group

The Big Feast Weekend - Emsworth

Well this is the BIG one – the most amazing food, beer and wine adventure in one place over one weekend. Emsworth is once again highlighting why it is the one of the great small town ‘foodie’ destinations in the country with a wonderful menu of markets, wine tastings, a beer festival, apple pressing and that’s just for starters. 

As George Bernard Shaw once said “There is no sincerer love than the love of food", well in Emsworth this weekend you can literally taste the love!

The Big Feast Weekend

Emsworth’ Beer and Cider Festival - Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September – Emsworth Community Centre

Friday 28th September 6pm – 10.30pm

Saturday 29th Sept11am – 4pm & 6pm – 10.30pm

Sunday 30th Sep.12 noon - 4pm - free admission

Returns this year with over 30 local and award-winning ales with a number of the class-winners at this year’s Great British Beer Festival including winners of the Bitter, Best Bitter, Golden Ale and Barley Wines/Strong Old Ales categories. There is also a representation of small breweries from the local region.

Locally-sourced ciders, organic apple juice, wines and gins will also be available as well as live music each evening.

Tickets for these sessions are £10pp which includes a souvenir glass, programme, and drink tokens and are available from Bookends (Emsworth)

Hampshire Farmers’ Market - Saturday 29th September – St.Peters’ Square 10am – 2pm

A special British Food Fortnight Hampshire Farmers Market with over 20 producers from all round Hampshire showing just what wonderful produce is grown and made not very far from our front doors.

A ‘Thought for Food’ Local Showcase Market - Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September

Saturday 29th Sept 10am – 6pm

Sunday 30th Sep.10am - 4pm

Created to enable local food & drink producers from West Sussex and Hampshire to come together and showcase their products here in Emsworth, this outdoor market has proved a big hit with both visitors and producers. There will be a live music stage curated by Harbour Records, on both days, with a lively blend of music and entertainment which can only add to the atmosphere. Producers include Montezuma’s Chocolate, ‘Fresh from the Boat’, Chalkstream Trout, Winchester Distillery, Frog Hollow Vegan Foods, Cold Press Oil Company, The Southern Co-op and many, many more.  

Harbour Records Stage Timings -









10-45am      ROB GREEN SOLO

11-40am      IAN McINALLY DUO

12-20pm     BEATEN TRACKS


2-15pm       MUVVAS BAND

5-30pm       TO BE FRANK.

Emsworth - The GRAPE Escape - Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September

Saturday 29th Sept 11am – 4.30pm

Sunday 30th Sept 11am – 4pm

Organised by the area’s 4 local independent wine merchants, this is a wonderful opportunity to taste over 40 wines and spirits. While focusing on award winning English wines both Hambledon Vineyard and Raimes Vineyard are invovled, there will also be some fantastic wines from other regions from Rioja to Stellenbosch. However, it’s not just wine on offer, there will be a range of British Gins and the English Whisky Co will also be there as well. There is also a chocolate and wine tasting experience with Montezuma’s Chocolate and an opportunity to meet Liz Sagues, author of the recently published, highly acclaimed book, ‘A Celebration of English Wine’

A programme of ‘Tutored Tastings’ is also planned giving tasters the chance to have a more focused look at wines and the people who make them. £5 per tasting not included in the entrance ticket.

Tickets are £5, available on the door, and this includes –

Tasting of over 40 wines and spirits
A souvenir limited edition tasting glass to take home and tasting booklet

Emsworth Apple Pressing Day – Sunday 30th September - St.Peters’ Square 11.30am – 2pm

A real community event. Bring your apples to the BIG Apple Press in the Square and help produce ‘Emsworth Apple Presse 2018’ in the Square. The label for this year was once again designed by a local Primary School pupil and this year’s winner is Eve Ledieurt (age 7) from St.James’ Primary School. This is definitely a pressing event, not to be missed.

And there is so much more as well………

Grab an Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2018 canvas bag and find some little surprises inside!
Real Ale Marquee – The Coal Exchange – 29th & 30th September
Many Emsworth Businesses will also be offering special menus and tasters.
This year there are some special Emsworth British Food Fortnight Merchandise with Aprons and The Lobster Republic of Emsworth t-shirts available to purchase. They will be available from The GRAPE Escape over the entire weekend

And please don’t forget ‘A Boost of Kindness’

Food Bank Collection points will be prominent in Emsworth over the fortnight in aid of The Beacon Food Bank, culminating in the building of a ‘Food Mountain’ on Sunday 7th October. Inter- denominational Harvest Festival 11.30am St.Peters’s Square. 

These are just a taster of what’s to come and at -

“Emsworth epitomises everything that British Food Fortnight, the national food celebration, seeks to achieve in communities across the country: an event that embraces the whole town, is organised by people who know and love its food heritage and who use this annual flurry of food activities to showcase Emsworth’s producers, food shops and restaurants.”

Alexia Robinson, Founder Love British Food and British Food Fortnight

"As someone who lives in West Sussex, I know how lucky we are to have a huge range of delicious food and drink made right here on our doorstep. We are surrounded by local producers who grow, rear, bake and brew wonderful creations including Treagust Sausages right here in Emsworth. Knowing where our food comes from is so important which is why markets such as this are essential. We are proud to sponsor this event which brings together all our local producers. It also allows us to support our local economy which is something we echo with our Local Flavours range in our retail stores including foods from producers in Bosham, Chichester, Hayling Island and Southbourne. Our local producers can also bring the food alive to help us and our children understand exactly what goes in to the food on our plates." Gemma Lacey, Southern Co-op's Director of Sustainability and Communications

“The Emsworth British Food Fortnight is not just another Food Festival, this is a real celebration embracing community and education and celebrating Emsworth and the local region through its people and its food. It’s no secret that high streets across the UK are facing difficult times and this is a brilliant opportunity to showcase just what can make the High Street such a special place and an important part of any community.”

Giles Babb, Chair, Emsworth Business Assoc.

“We are really excited to be supporting the Emsworth British Food Fortnight again this year.  Producing all of our chocolate just a few miles away, the Fortnight is a fantastic forum for us to get as many people to try Montezuma’s as possible and showcase our products to such an interested audience.  We will be at the A Thought for Food Market and are really looking forward to the Wine & Chocolate tasting with Alistair Gibson and our chocolate will be found in many puddings served in and around Emsworth during the Fortnight! Helen Pattinson, Co-founder & Director, Montezuma’s Chocolates

A full listing of events will be available on
For more information about British Food Fortnight –

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley