Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2017 – A ‘Feast’ of a weekend




“Emsworth epitomises everything that British Food Fortnight, the national food celebration, seeks to achieve in communities across the country: an event that embraces the whole town, is organised by people who know and love its food heritage and who use this annual flurry of food activities to showcase Emsworth’s producers, food shops and restaurants.”

Alexia Robinson, Founder Love British Food and British Food Fortnight


The middle weekend of this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight promises literally to have something for everyone. 


Friday 29th September

Emsworth British Beer and Cider Festival

Emsworth Community Centre


Returns this year with over 30 local and award-winning ales – chosen to include several of the class-winners at this year’s Great British Beer Festival, including Gold Winner (Best Bitters) ‘Cwtch’ from Wales, Silver Winner ‘Jarl’ from Scotland (Golden Ales), and joint-bronze winner (Golden Ales) ‘Citra’ from East Anglia.


 There is also a special selection of Somerset Ciders, Meet the Brewer sessions and live music from Reaver’s Rant and Mark Handley’s Bone Idols.  Locally sourced food including Jake’s celebrated pork pies, and Sue Treagust’s excellent scotch eggs keeps the British Food theme going.


The Emsworth Beer and Cider Festival continues on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October.


Friday 29th September 5pm-6pm Premium Session limited tickets available*, then 6.30pm – 11pm

Saturday 30th September 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 11pm

Sunday 1st October 12noon – 4pm drink-ups (not ticketed)


*Premium Session tickets 25pp – gives you unlimited access to try as many ales as you wish, limited to 30 people. 

Tickets - 10 per session including souvenir glass, programme and drinks tokens


Tickets available in Emsworth from -  Bookends, Harbour Records, The Newsagents &  also www.wegottickets.com



Enjoy a welcome drink with snacks & olives and then taste eight British cheeses and eight carefully paired wines.  Tasting notes will provided. 7:00pm – 10:00pm 

Emsworth Delicatessan, 2 West Street, Emsworth  PO10 7DU

01243 389181  www.emsworthdeli.co.uk

25 per person.  Prebooking essential.  Call 01243 389181 or visit the Deli to reserve a place



Saturday 30th September

The Emsworth Wine Fair

Hewitts, South Street - 11am – 4.00pm


Organised by 4 local independent wine merchants who are also joined by Hambledon Vineyard and Winchester Distillery. While focussing on award winning English wines, which will include amongst others, Sixteen Ridges, Albourne Estate and Ridgeview, there will also be some fantastic wines from other regions; from Rioja to Stellenbosch this is a wonderful opportunity to taste over 40 wines including many which are organic. But its not just wine, there will be a range British Gins and the English Whiskey Company will be there and available to taste.


There will also be a ‘Blind Wine Tasting’ Competition with some marvellous bottles to be won, and that’s not all, in conjunction with Montezuma’s, there will be a Chocolate and Wine tasting experience for tasters to discover just how many wines really do work with chocolate. All visitors will also receive a limited souvenir tasting glass to use and take home afterwards.


Tickets are 5, available on the door, and this includes –

        Tasting of over 40 wines and spirits

        A souvenir limited edition tasting glass to take home

        A chocolate and wine tasting experience

        Blind wine tasting competition

        The opportunity to stock up on your favourite bottles many at Food Fortnight Prices.


As part of Emsworth’s celebration of the Great British High Street this promises to be a wonderful adventure in wine.


Hampshire Farmers Market

St.Peters’ Square 10am – 2pm

A special British Food Fortnight Hampshire Farmers Market with over 20 producers from all round Hampshire showing just what wonderful produce is grown and made not very far from our front doors.


Montezuma’s Chocolate will also be in the Square with their Chocolate Bus with tasters and general chocolate chitchat!

Visitors will also be able pick up this years Emsworth British Food Fortnight canvas shopping bag being given out free.


Emsworth Brewery – Open Days

12:00noon – 7:00pm Saturday 30th Sept & Sunday 1st Oct

Visit this micro-brewery located in the heart of Emsworth and sample their real ales.

Rear of 16 West Street - Free entry


Sunday 1st October


The Emsworth Community Seafood Lunch

12.15 – 12.45pm – Emsworth Quay.


The Emsworth Community Seafood lunch will once again celebrate Emsworth’s fishing heritage as well as its now famous Lobster Pot Christmas, the lunch will be served on the Quay, on long communal tables and will be prepared by five of the areas leading Chefs:


Lawrence Murphy – Fat Olives Restaurant                  Gary Pearce – Restaurant 36 on the Quay

Giles Babb – Blue Bell Inn                                              Jon Scourfield – Brookfield Hotel

Barbara Crick – Emsworth Cookery School


The lunch is already sold out and all profits from the lunch will be donated to Emsworth Primary School and St. James Primary School – the local charities supported this year by the Emsworth Business Association.


STOP PRESS – the Emsworth Seafood Community Seafood Lunch is now sold out BUT one pair of tickets has just been made available – the highest bid by mid-day Friday 29th September will receive these highly sort after tickets. Bid via Twitter @Emsworthfood



And there is so much more as well………


        Grab an Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2017 canvas bag and find a little surprise from Montezuma’s inside

        The Montezuma’s Chocolate Bus will be in Emsworth on most days for chocolate tastings and general Chocolate “chitchat”

        Special Menus and regional dishes in many of the restaurants, pubs and cafes.

        Meet the Emsworth Schools ‘Scarecrows’ – made by local schools to help celebrate the harvest – they will be unveiled in the Square and rumour has it some maybe be in fancy dress!

        This year there are some special Emsworth British Food Fortnight Merchandise with Aprons and The Lobster Republic of Emsworth t-shirts available to purchase. They will be available at -

Emsworth Market Day – Saturday 30th September

Emsworth Wine Fair – Saturday 30th September

Emsworth Seafood Lunch – Sunday 1st October

A Thought for Food Market – Saturday 7th October


‘A Boost of Kindness’

Food Bank Collection points will be prominent in Emsworth over the fortnight in aid of The Beacon Food Bank, culminating in the building of a ‘Food Mountain’ on Sunday 8th October




        A full listing of events can be found in this year’s programme, which can be download here – http://www.emsworth.org.uk/news/emsworth-british-food-fortnight-2017-programme-download


        For more information about British Food Fortnight – www.lovebritishfood.co.uk


For more information on the British Food Fortnight in Emsworth visit www.Emsworth.org.uk