Southsea Food Festival 2015

Tens of thousands of shoppers descended upon the Southsea Shopping district over the weekend of the seventh annual Southsea Food Festival, which saw 100+ street food traders offering up wares and produce ranging from fresh fruit and veg, confectionaries such as sweets and macarons, and beers and IPAs to international dishes like German wurst, Thai curries, and Spanish paella.

The event, organised by Portsmouth City Council, saw scores of traders selling both hot and cold foods that were ready to eat and culinary ingredients to take away and cook at home with, such as herbs, oils, and seeds.

As well as the traders brought along by Portsmouth City Council, there was a Love Southsea Market on Saturday and a Hampshire Farmers’ Market on Sunday, both in the Palmerston Road precinct, offering an even wider wealth of hot and cold food stalls and fresh produce vendors.

My boss Charley and I shot the event on both days, myself using my Nikon D5100 and its trusty kit lens, plus a tripod in places for filming a few scenes, whilst Charley used his Canon DSLR with a stabiliser — he was mostly filming.

At one point we had the opportunity to take to the roof of Debenhams to photograph the event from above, which was fantastic.

It was a huge success for everyone involved, with a constant stream of thousands of hungry shoppers pouring into Osborne Road and Palmerston Road, keeping traders busy serving up their delicious and diverse offerings.

Restaurants, bars, and cafés throughout the shopping district also set up stalls outside their eateries: Drift Bar showcased smokey cocktails, Southsea Coffee Co. offered cold-brew coffees and raw, healthy breakfast pots, cakes, and smoothies, and Wild Thyme served organic wholefoods and superfoods.

Circolo of Osborne Road had freshly-prepared pizzas on the go, and The Good Cook Shop from Marmion Road were selling kitchen equipment.

Independent shops from elsewhere in the city also set up stalls. Bread Addiction of Elm Groveworked from the early hours of the morning to prepare a range of fresh hearty breads for Southsea Food Festival, Southsea Beach Café were present with their widely-loved burgers, and The Marmion brought both a selection of items from their food menu and their Gin Emporium van, the latter stocking 60+ types of gin and a selection of tonic waters.

Both days also featured a line-up of exciting live entertainment. The Cellars at Eastney curated a programme of some of the finest local musicians and bands, including The Southsea Alternative ChoirFugitive Orchestra, and The Dave Baker Project.

At the heart of Palmerston Road, the main stage featured a kitchen where chefs and culinary experts called audience members up to try out their cooking skills, with a mirror above the stage allowing the rest of the audience see a top-down view of how food was being prepared from the comfort of their deckchairs.

There were also children’s rides and a big inflatable slide, keeping the youngsters entertained throughout the weekend.


You just read a post which was originally written for Team Locals, the Portsmouth-centric news and events website/digital marketing agency I’m a part of.