Alresford Watercress Festival

Sunday May 20 2018

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Humble watercress may not get much press, with other plants in the brassicaceae family such as mustard, radish and broccoli often hogging the limelight. However, the people of Alresford in Hampshire are finally giving this versatile, locally grown crop the attention it deserves by holding an annual, nationally acclaimed festival in its honour. In fact, Alresford locals and visitors from far and wide have been coming together to rejoice in all things watercress for the last ten years. One of the highlights is the street cavalcade, when the newly crowned watercress king and queen will be going on a royal tour atop a horse and cart and handing out the first of the season’s watercress to the crowd. That’s not all the watercress-based fun you can expect, either – festival-goers can watch competitors go head to head at the Watercress Eating Championship, or see who will win big at the Watercress Food Awards. Visitors can also spend the afternoon browsing the huge produce market and watching live cookery demonstrations from well-known local chefs. Yet there’s a lot more to this festival than watercress. Keep kids amused by wandering around the arts and crafts market, watching some live music or dance performances, or doing some pond dipping at the Alliance stand and take a peek at the 40 different insect species that live on the watercress beds. There are also circus skills workshops, face-painting, falconry displays and a petting farm to keep them out of mischief. Be sure to take a trip on the famous Watercress steam train line to round off a weekend filled with fun, food and watercress.

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Festival type: 

Food Festival, Food Celebration


South East, Hampshire, Alresford


Eating competition, Cookery demonstrations, Local chefs, Arts & crafts, Children's activities

Disabled facilities

Festival address

35 Broad St
SO24 9AQ

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Opening times
  • Sunday (10:00 to 16:00)

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