TAKE some Fat Olives, one Blue Bell, a tasting of gin, a mountain of food and what do you have? British Food Fortnight in Emsworth.
Emsworth has once again shown its credentials as being one of the top ‘foodie’ destinations on the south coast.
Residents rallied round on Sunday (October 5) to mark the end of British Food Fortnight 2014, showing their solidarity for a great cause as the fortnight concluded with an open air inter-denominational Harvest Festival in Emsworth Square.
Organiser Alistair Gibson, from the Emsworth Business Association, said he was overwhelmed with the generosity shown by people.
“It’s been a really wonderful two weeks of celebrating Emsworth and its food heritage,” he added.
“There has been a real sense of community.
“There are very few small towns left on the south coast that still have a traditional high street offering two traditional family owned butchers, a fishmongers, a greengrocers as well as a monthly market day. Add into this some of the area’s finest restaurants and some wonderful public houses and cafes and it is easy to see why Emsworth is the perfect place for such a celebration.”
Councillor for Emsworth, Brendan Gibb-Gray, was delighted with the community spirit. “It’s a great turn-out, and hundreds of people have contributed to our food bank,” he said.
As part of Sunday’s harvest festival celebrations, the town created a food mountain which will be donated to the Beacon Food Bank in Havant.
Two vans and four cars were loaded with food for those in need.
Phoebe Atkinson, from the Emsworth Business Association, said: “There is just something about Emsworth - everybody comes together, gets involved and really supports community events.”
Events across the town over the fortnight included lunches created by students from Chichester, Highbury, and South Downs Colleges, wine and gin tasting and local produce open air markets.