Food Festivals

Two of the major local festivals each year are in Christchurch, and then in Highcliffe. The Christchurch Festival takes place in May, the Highcliffe Festival two or three weeks later. Here are some pictures, and a little information about the Christchurch Festival. A larger version of some pictures can be viewed by clicking it (2000 x 1500px, opens in a new window).

For the later Highcliffe Festival, click here.

Christchurch Food Festival

The Festival in 2018 took place on the weekend of 12-13 May. The pictures below were taken in the morning. It does become very busy.

Christchurch Food Festival
The quomps before it got REALLY busy. There was a lot more behind me, and the High Street was packed too.

Christchurch Food Festival
Ready, smart, and waiting
Christchurch Food Festival
Paella for everyone
Christchurch Food Festival
A proud chef with his hog roast
Christchurch Food Festival
Enjoying the game!
Christchurch Food Festival
Ready, smart, and waiting
Christchurch Food Festival
Cakes = happiness
Christchurch Food Festival
Old-fashioned sweets
Christchurch Food Festival
Sunshine in a glass – mead!

Here is a link to the Echo report, with a lot more pictures and information

And here is a link to the official event programme



Highcliffe Food Festival

This takes place on the weekend of 2nd-3rd June. Obviously it is smaller than the Christchurch Festival, but it is a very popular event and the road, which is closed for the event, is busy yet comfortable. Note that most pictures are not linked to a larger version.

TWO PICTURES AND A LINK FROM SATURDAY

Setting up at 8.45am, but time to smile.
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Even the Town Crier (Denis Carlton) deserves an ice-cream on a hot day
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SUNDAY

This was even hotter than Saturday. The header picture was taken before the Festival opened at 10am: it would have been impossible to see the stalls even half an hour later, when it was already really crowded.

Music got us going:

Highcliffe Food Festival 2018
Charlie Woodford starts Sunday
Highcliffe food Festival 2018
Music and action outside Tesco. See video (bottom)
Highcliffe food Festival 2018
Outside the Methodist Hall. A chance to sit down for a cuppa.
Highcliffe food Festival 2018
Inside the Methodist Hall. Serving the cuppas!
Highcliffe food Festival 2018
The Methodist Church was open to look round, pray, or just sit quietly.
Highcliffe food Festival 2018
A happy purveyor serving The Cherry Tree preserves to a customer
The Cherry Tree
Boxes of vegetables. A great selection!
Highcliffe food Festival 2018
Emma Lopez, of Idelica foods, demonstrating how to make paella
Highcliffe food Festival 2018
A list of stalls – not exhaustive.

To conclude, a fun video outside Tesco. Yes, it was all happening in Highcliffe!

Some comments in the Christchurch Times, June 7:

  • Joby, one of the traders: Being a small business, these events are vital to keeping us going. Christchurch Food Festival and this event are our record-breaking events;
  • Richard: It is just a great chance to put Highcliffe on the map and showcase the businesses we have here already and the new ones that are coming;
  • Sharon:¬†We are not local at the moment but we hope to be soon. We come here quite a lot. It is really nice to be able to come to a street event like this.