Thousands of people descended upon Dorset earlier this month to attend the Christchurch Food Festival, putting those involved in event work through their paces.
The glorious weather encouraged locals and tourists alike to head outside and enjoy the 16th annual food festival.
During the two-day event, several celebrity chefs turned up, including Levi Roots and Masterchef contestant Dean Edwards, as well as well-known local ones such as James Golding from The Pig and Alex Aitken from The Jetty.
The festival took place in two locations – the Festival Market on the High Street and the Festival Village at Christchurch Quay – providing space for more market stalls, vendors, demonstrations and exhibitions.
Vicki Hallam, chairman of the Food Festival Committee, said: “Having the two sites worked very well as the festival is so popular now that it meant that crowds could spread out a bit.”
A demonstration theatre was positioned on the quay, where chefs showcased their talents and gave onlookers recipe ideas and tips. There were also stalls and music performances at the quay, while a Family Fun Day took place on the bowling green opposite The Kings Arm on Sunday with more child-friendly activities.
Youngsters with a talent for cooking could also pursue their interest at the Kids Kitchen sessions at The Priory School, where they learnt how to make different dishes, including spicy lamb burgers and mango and lime cheesecake.
Food fans might be tempted to head up north this autumn, as the Manchester Food and Drink Festival has announced dates for its 19th annual event.
It will take place between September 29th and October 10th, during which there will be demonstrations and a plethora of stalls. Last year, 100,000 people showed up, so organisers expect a huge turn out this year at one of the UK’s biggest street food fairs.