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Hampshire College News – Get a Taste of Hampshire

A celebration of the region’s finest food and drink will see ‘Hampshire’ as the dish of the day at Sparsholt College’s Taste of Hampshire on Saturday 19 July 2014.  Food and drink is about tasting, cooking and appreciating and this event will have the very best of the County’s produce for visitors to sample and experience and demonstrations from no less than ten leading chefs to inspire.

Organiser Philip Holroyd-Smith said: “Taste of Hampshire aims to encourage people to truly experience locally produced food, to understand its provenance and to be inspired to support this county’s producers.  This year we are thrilled to have a huge number of Hampshire’s leading chefs demonstrating how to create dishes from locally produced food which we hope will be replicated in homes across the county.  I hope taste buds are positively tingling at the prospect!”

Set in the College’s beautiful Library Gardens to a soundtrack of live music, doors will be open from 10am, with the professional chefs donning their aprons from  10.30am.  If you enjoy eating out locally then expect to see some of Hampshire’s finest chefs in the Demo Kitchen including Andy Mackenzie and Olly Rouse (Lainston House), Keren Atkinson (The White Horse Otterbourne), Damian Brown (Chesil Rectory), James Durrant (The Plough), Luke Matthews (Chewton Glen), James Golding (The Pig), Luke Holder (Hartnett Holder & Co.)  and Davina Tibbetts (Create & Cook). A veritable feast of cooking expertise.

With appetites whetted there will be many an opportunity to sample and buy local food, wine and ale. Producers attending on the day will showcase the best of local cheeses and meats, preserves and chutneys and cordials and fruit juices. New for this year, is “The Great Hampshire Cake-Off”.  Open to all ages this competition is looking to discover Hampshire’s Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood.  Harry (winner of Junior Bake Off), Min Raisman (Create & Cook) and Andy Mackenzie (Lainston House) will be the judges to impress on the day.

Those with green fingers may want to explore the college’s Horticulture department, meet members of the award winning team and purchase plants to take home.

Taste of Hampshire is not just for adult foodies. Children can take part in workshops to learn more about food, cookery and where our food comes from. Chefs and local suppliers, such as Jennifer Williams from Naked Jam, will be joining us on the day to inspire the next generation of chefs.

Tickets cost £3.50 per adult, children are free. Workshops are £10.00 per adult which includes the event entry fee and £2 per child.  Hampshire Cake Off entry fee is £1.00, Home Grown Fruit and Veg entry fee is £1.00.

Free parking is available on site.