Highcliffe celebrated its first food festival in high style on 16 May. With events for all the family including cake competitions, ice-cream, cakes, hog roasts, bouncy castles, beer, a town crier and locally run businesses showing their wares, as well as those from further afield in Hampshire and the rest of Dorset, the event was deemed an amazing success.
Events included demonstrations by chef and author, Valentine Warner, as well as many leading local chefs. There were rides for the children as well as a surf simulator for the teenagers.
The road closure added to the ambiance and highlighted how personable Highcliffe could become when parts of the street are pedestrianised.
A spokesperson for the Revival committee said, “It was a sheer delight to see so many young families enjoying themselves, walking through the street, eating, and sitting in the sun.The entire event is about the rejuvenation of Highcliffe, to encourage people who live in Highcliffe to come to the high street and see what the high street has to offer in terms of delis, butchers and restaurants. We hope that, in turn, new businesses will come to the area having seen how lovely Highcliffe can be.
“We could not have been more delighted with the attendance at the event and would also like to thank those companies who made the commitment to sponsor us. They made a huge difference and enabled us to pull together the show we put on.
“Thank you to everyone who attended the event and brought the village to life.”