Alresford Watercress Festival to return to Hampshire with thousands expected at free festival
If you’re a fan of watercress, fun and the gorgeous town of Alresford, then an upcoming festival this summer is the one for you. Celebrating its 19th year, The Alresford Watercress Festival has already begun its planning process for this year, with the annual event setting this year’s date for summer (May 21).
The festival is billed as a “free, fun, family-friendly day out”, and the annual event marks the start of the UK watercress season, attracting around 15,000 people a year. With Hampshire being one of the main places where watercress is produced, the festival really celebrates the Georgian town of Alresford, as well as watercress of course.
Aiming to do something special every year, the organisers this year have arranged for celebrated chef, restauranteur and food writer Mark Hix to attend, who they say will be “extolling the virtues of this versatile and vibrant green superfood.” As well as having Mark at the event, organisers have also planned for the event to be fun for all ages.
The festival will welcome local music groups and street entertainers to perform whilst providing the chance to ride the historic Watercress Line. In addition to this, over 140 food and craft stalls will be set up at the event, giving festival-goers the opportunity to buy new goods.