Highcliffe launches a Quality Artisans’ Food Festival using local talent!

Highcliffe is surrounded by cooking talent which why it’s making local chefs the centrepiece of it’s fourth annual food festival. The ‘Quality Artisans’ Festival’ is taking place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June this year. The headline sponsor is once again Hoburne Holidays, and in line with previous festivals it will major on quality artisan foods.

More than 80 stalls have been booked, with products for sale ranging from quality meats, cheeses, patisserie, fish, oils, vinegars, garden furniture, knives to several stalls selling artisan gins, wines, beers and spirits and much more.

There will be a “Let’s Cook” demonstration theatre in the Methodist Hall cookery hub which is booked with a range of local celebrity chefs and for the first time there will also be a mobile cookery demonstration unit called the ‘Artisans Stage’ featuring short demos from artisan food and drink producers.

Festival chairman Mary Reader says, “This year we have made a decision to showcase the amazing work being done by our local chefs such as award-winning Alex Aitken from the Jetty and Harbour Hotel group, TV chef James Golding the Chef Director of the Pig group, Luke Matthews and Adam Hart from the prestigious and multi-award-winning Chewton Glen, Harbour Hotel chefs and Colin Nash from the Three Tuns”.

Also taking part in the cookery demonstrations will be our own award-winning local butcher Chris Watson, who will be working alongside Harry Moseley chef and joint proprietor of the enormously popular Paddle restaurant. Our local fisherman Russell Murphy from Russell’s Plaice will be joined by Paul Jenkins from the delightful Shipyard restaurant in Lymington to create some delicious dishes with his locally caught lobsters, crabs and shellfish. Nutritionist and author Barbara Cox will be presenting a session ‘Look and feel 10 years younger with Rainbow Recipes’ and world-renowned judge and jam maker Jennifer Williams will be back.

New for this year will be an ‘Artisan’s stage’ which will feature great local food producers such as Kerry Witt the master chocolatier who has won awards at world chocolate events, Toby Bradley Watson (Rick Stein’s former head chef in Australia), Korean foodie Young Shoo Shin will demonstrate sushi and Kimichi and vegan food will be showcased by Nichola Burdis from Tattiebogle. There will also be Sugar free recipes from Susan Spooner and Emma Lopez from Idelica Foods will share the secrets of making a good paella. Fiona Hill from ‘Real Food’ will showcase a delicious Asian Stir fry and simple party food.

Mary added ‘there will also be a design competition with our local schools, a return of our popular Kidz Kitchen and events in our Library, Community Centre, Rainbow Nursery School and Sports and Social Club. Added to this we will have two stages of musical entertainment presented by Highcliffe’s own music studio, HP Music, to help make the Highcliffe Food Festival a true feast for the senses!