Two Hampshire vineyards, Jenkyn Place and Wickham Vineyards, have taken part in the launch of the 2012 Hampshire Food Festival.
Guests enjoyed a tour of the 500 acre traditional mixed farm on a somewhat bumpy tractor-led trailer followed by a glass of Jenkyn Place Brut 2008 at the launch reception hosted by Newlyns Farm Shop and Cookery School near Hook.
Four of Hampshire’s top chefs, Damian Brown of Winchester’s Chesil Rectory, Adam Fargin of Basingstoke’s Audleys Wood Hotel, Cyrille Pannier of Four Seasons Hampshire near Hook and Andy McKenzie of Winchester’s Lainston House Hotel wowed guests with demonstrations showing how to prepare signature Hampshire dishes.
Guests to the launch included wine writer and TV presenter Olly Smith, (pictured left with Jenkyn Place’s owner Simon Bladon) who has written the foreword to this year’s free Festival programme, as well as Hampshire’s media, VIPs and corporate sponsors of Hampshire Fare.
Hampshire Food Festival
Organised by county food group Hampshire Fare and backed by Hampshire County Council, the Hampshire Food Festival runs throughout July (1-31) with over 70 different events across the county.
Chairman of Hampshire Fare, Mike Wright said: “It is fantastic that the county has such fine producers and hospitality venues who put on this scale of events for the Hampshire Food Festival. Hampshire consistently produces outstanding, high quality food and drink, and this is proven by the sheer number of awards that our producers win each year in national and regional competitions.”
Jenkyn Place spokeswoman Katharine O’Callaghan says: “The evening was a huge success and the team at Newlyn’s Farm Shop and Cookery School put on a great spread. Some of the guests had never tasted English sparkling wine before and were very pleasantly surprised. The wines were tasted alongside some exquisite signature dishes, prepared by some of Hampshire’s top chefs.
“In his speech announcing the start of the Hampshire Food Festival which runs throughout July, Olly Smith extolled the virtues of Hampshire’s food and drink. He raved about the quality of English wine which were fit for the Queen and said that he was a huge fan of English wines.
“Hampshire-based Wickham Vineyards were also at the event, together with Andwell Brewing Company and, for the more sensible guests, Hill Farm apple juice.”
Photo: Jason Allen, www.jasonallenphotography.co.uk