On the third Sunday each May, this acclaimed food festival celebrates watercress - the superb locally grown, delicious and versatile crop and brings together the local community and food lovers from far and wide for a day of food and fun.
Alresford was voted Country Life's 'Favourite Market Town' in the South-East. So it is no surprise that the centre of the town becomes a huge market on festival day.
One of the main highlights of the festival is the street cavalcade at 10.30am with jazz musicians, Morris dancers and local school children accompanying the Watercress King and Queen who sit atop a horse and cart. The children will be distributing the first of the season’s watercress harvest to festival-goers.
Throughout the day, entertainment is provided by the many musicians and performers and there are activities for children of all ages, including circus skills workshops, face painting and a petting farm. Everyone is sure to enjoy the delights of the many street entertainers and musicians.
There are cookery demonstrations on the demo unit at the bottom of Broad Street. The World Watercress Eating Championships, now in the Guinness Book of World Records, are open to all-comers aged 18 or over.
If you have time, you might also like to visit the medieval Soke Bridge at the bottom of Broad Street and take a look at Alresford’s historic Fulling Mill and the Eel House found on a short walk along the banks of the picturesque River Arle.
We look forward to meeting you on Sunday 17th May 2015 and hope that you will be delighted with what the festival and the town of New Alresford have to offer.