Catergories: Events

Hampshire is famous for its exceptional food and drink and this summer we have a jam packed programme of events to celebrate our love of food and drink. You’ll find delicious food festivals, foodie themed music events, cocktail celebrations and many more foodie inspired activities. If you love your food and drink Hampshire is the place to visit this summer. 

Our guide below highlights the top 10 summer foodie themed events in Hampshire. For a full guide of summer events in Hampshire see our what’s on guide.

  1. Portsmouth Seafood Festival at Gunwharf Quays

Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July

If you love seafood this is an event for you! This free weekend event celebrates Portsmouth’s seafood and ancient fishing heritage with seafood and local produce stalls, tastings, seafood specialists, seafood chefs in action and a programme of live music. Gunwharf Quays is home to over 90 famous brands so don’t forget to schedule in some shopping time.

  1. Sunset Sundays at Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Every Sunday evening throughout June, July and August

Enjoy your favourite drink whilst enjoying the sunset over the city of Portsmouth, 100 metres above sea level. Emirates Spinnker Tower’s bar will be serving a number of local ales and spirits including Uphams Ale and Isle of Wight Gin. Sip your dink, listen to live music and watch the sun go down.

  1. Hampshire Food Festival

Sunday 1st July until Tuesday 31st July

The Hampshire food festival is a month long celebration of the finest food and drink produced in Hampshire. Throughout the month you’ll find a jammed pack programme of events including farmer’s markets, cookery classes, pop-up eateries, vineyard tours plus much, much more.

  1. Smoked and Uncut at Lime Wood Hotel

Saturday 14th July

If you want to relax whilst enjoying amazing food and musical talent smoke and uncut is the festival for you. This small summer festival features some of the best street food, BBQs, wood-fired flat breads and old school ice-creams. This event is very popular so be sure to book your tickets straight away.

  1. Southampton Cocktail Week

Monday 16th July until Sunday 22nd July

Top venues in Southampton are coming together for a week of cocktails and you are invited. This week long event is an opportunity to sample the best of Southampton’s cocktail scene with special signature cocktails, cocktail themed events and exclusive masterclasses. Wristbands are available to purchase now.

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  1. Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival at Raimes Vineyard

Sunday 22nd July

Hampshire is famous for its English Sparkling wine and the county is home to seven vineyards. This festival celebrates all things Hampshire wine related with vineyard tours, workshops, tastings and the chance to meet the winemakers.Each year the vineyards across Hampshire take turn to host the festival and this year it will be held at Raimes Vineyard near Alresford. This is a must attend event for any wine lover.

  1. The New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July

This traditional county show brings together all things Hampshire with livestock displays, stalls, horse-riding, fairground rides and local food drink. Foodie lovers can enjoy fun kitchen workshops for the whole family, a local produce market, cooking demonstrations from top local chefs and an array of food and drink to be enjoyed whilst exploring the show. Tickets can be booked in advanced or purchased on the day.

  1. Trout n About Festival in Stockbridge

Sunday 5th August

The picturesque town of Stockbridge in the Test Valley is famous for its trout fishing and this annual one day free festival celebrates this by bringing together the very best local food, drink and produce to Stockbridge’s high street. You’ll find over 100 stalls showcasing local food, produce and craft as well as live music and children’s entertainment.

  1. Lymington Seafood Festival

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August

The Lymington Seafood Festival is two days of fishy fun, delicious food and drink stalls and live music. Taking place on the coast of the New Forest National Park in the picturesque town of Lymington, this event is a must for any seafood lover. Around 300 artisan food and drink producers will be cooking up different delicacies for you to enjoy.

  1. Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August

Love cheese? Or love chillies? Then this event is for you. Taking place in the historic city of Winchester you’ll find an array of cheese and chilli stalls from across the world. If cheese and chillies aren’t for you the event has a number of other attractions including cooking demonstrations, pig racing, live music performances and a beer festival.

For a full guide to summer events in Hampshire see our what’s on guide.

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Gunwharf Quays
Shop / Shopping Centre
Lady With Bike at Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays is the UK’s only waterfront outlet shopping destination. Located on Portsmouth’s historic waterfront, you can shop at over 90 famous brands including Coach, North Face, The White Company, Hugo Boss and Nike; grab a bite to eat in a choice of over 30 restaurants, bars and cafes; and watch the boats go by as you take in the stunning marina location.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower
Emirates Spinnaker Tower - Panoramic View

Experience the view from Emirates Spinnaker Tower – the stunning 170-metre icon of the South Coast and Britain’s best viewing tower.  The view decks provide a great introduction to the surrounding area, offering a unique bird’s eye view that makes it a must-do attraction on any visit to Hampshire.

Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival

Make it hot, hot, hot!! For the sixth time the only dedicated UK Cheese and Chilli Festival will be returning to Winchester this August for two days packed with all things cheese and chilli. Like last year the event will bring an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences to the city making it a must go to event.

Sunset Sundays at Emirates Spinnaker Tower
Sunset Sundays at Spinnaker Tower

Raise a glass 100 metres above sea level while enjoying a panoramic view of the sunset over Portsmouth Harbour at Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Sunset Sundays events offer live music and a sky-high pop-up bar serving wines, beers and spirits including locally sourced favourites such as Upham Ale, Portsmouth Distillery and Isle of Wight Gin.

Hampshire Food Festival
Hampshire Food Festival

Wander through vines, explore the lavender fields, tour breweries and get hands on in the kitchen. All this and more is happening across the county as part of July’s month-long Hampshire Food Festival organised by local food group, Hampshire Fare.

Fizz Fest
Fizz Fest

The Vineyards of Hampshire 7th annual wine festival - FIZZ FEST - is getting bigger and better each year. This year hosted by Exton Park, you can taste wines from 8 member vineyards, enjoy live music and delicious food from Hampshire Fare food stalls, and enjoy the Fizz Bar where you can buy all wines chilled by the glass.

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show
Show / Display
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Taking place in Brockenhurst in the heart of the National Park, the New Forest Show offers visitors 30 acres of showground for the whole family to explore. Showcasing the very best of the New Forest and Hampshire, the Show brings together livestock and equine competitors, local producers, local businesses all topped off with lots of delicious food and drink and an exciting timetable of main ring attractions.

Trout n About Festival
Trout n About Festival

Trout ‘n About is a thriving local food festival which takes place in the market town of Stockbridge on the first Sunday of August every year. With over 100 stalls showcasing the very best of local food, produce and crafts, it is a family friendly event attracting thousands of visitors from all around.

Lymington Seafood Festival
Lymington Seafood Festival

The historic Georgian market town of Lymington hosts its annual seafood festival on the 10th and 11th August 2019. The two-day event, held at Bath Road Park with glorious sea views, is free entry and will features some of the region's most exciting chefs, restaurants and artisan producers as well as raising money for charity, this year supporting the Lymington RNLI.



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