There was great excitement on Pancake Tuesday (4 March) in Christchurch as teams took part in charity pancake races to launch this year’s Christchurch Food & Wine Festival.
The races took place in the cobbled part of Church Street in front of the historic Priory Church with all proceeds going to the Festival’s charities for the year – Autism Wessex and Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust.
There was great competition between teams from local businesses who ran against each other with each runner tossing their pancake at least three times. The eventual winners were a team from Halifax Bank.
Local chefs then took to the race track with the eventual winner being Ludwig Spitzer from Loch & Quay.
Three teams of students and teachers from The Priory School proved that even the very youngest, some only five-years-old, could show their prowess with the frying pan.
A race between well-known ‘faces of Christchurch’ saw David Putt, President of Christchurch Round Table, beating fierce competition from Mary Reader, President of the Food Festival, David Crumpler, President of Christchurch Rotary and Niloofar Hoy from the Captain’s Club.
Four students representing Autism Wessex ran against each other with the winner being Richard Cutts.
Vicki Hallam, chairman of the Food Festival committee, said: “The Food Festival has undergone some changes this year becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC) and with a new website, so we thought it was timely to launch both on Pancake Day.
“Everyone had a great time taking part or spectating and we also raised funds for our two nominated charities for the year.”
This year’s Food & Wine Festival takes place on 10 & 11 May.