Now in its third year the team at The Highcliffe Revival Food Festival always intended to lay on a fantastic weekend at this year’s event which took place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May in the village of Highcliffe on Sea. The weather was glorious on both days and even a short sharp shower on the Saturday did not stop the day from being well attended. The Sunday saw the sun shone from morning until evening.

A stellar line up of Chefs from Lesley Waters – who also hosted a lunch at The Cliffhanger on the clifftop – included Luke Matthews from Chewton Glen, Colin Nash from The Three Tuns in Bransgore, Manuel Salomon the new Head Chef at The Cliffhanger Eatery on the Cliff performed at the Cookery Hub sponsored by Chris Watson Butchers, based in the Methodist Hall. There were also demonstrations from Kerry Witt (Master Chocolatier) and Jennifer Williams (Naked Jam) which were well received in the Sports & Social Club.

Rich in stalls, over 80 food providers livened up the proceedings with a festive array of foods and drink from around the World, with many local artisans taking stalls to promote their products.

Children were well looked after with a bouncy castle overlooking the sea as well as Kidz Kitchen sponsored by Chris Watson Butchers and a cake making competition. The local Highcliffe Community association held a competition asking for poems to reflect thoughts of the event from 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds and St Mark’s School took part in a ‘Design a healthy meal’ competition. The entries were amazing.

Over 50 forms of musical entertainment from bands, solo artists, jazz performers, theatre groups and choirs performed outside the Hoburne Offices and The Sports & Social Club, along with acts who performed at The Cliffhanger throughout the day.

Winding up events, on the Sunday, a fun and highly amusing Ready Steady Cook style “cook off” between The Lord Bute’s Kevin Brown and Marc Carella from The Christchurch Harbour Hotels took place on the Sunday in the Cookery Hub ably assisted by Nick Geary – Mayor of Christchurch and his deputy, Lesley Dedman.

Mary Reader, Chairman of this year’s Food Festival said “We could not have wished for better weather and from the positive comments we have received, the event has been very well received, with visitors from across the county. I would like to say thank you to all the sponsors whose generosity made this event happen and to my team of volunteers who went the extra mile to put on an amazing festival”.