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Eat the Island is Portsmouth City Council economic development team’s initiative to support Portsmouth’s food and drink businesses to grow.

Our priority is to grow Portsmouth’s economy.  Portsmouth, the great waterfront city, is home to Southsea Food Festival, one of the South’s biggest food events and a thriving and diverse food scene of independent producers, restaurants, retailers, and communities.


Over 40 local and regional food and drink businesses attended the latest Eat the Island networking event which was organised by Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Fare, Queens Hotel and University of Portsmouth.

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Bustling Eat the Island June 2024

Portsmouth’s food and drink producers, including Portsmouth Distillery, Spice Island Chilli, Tea Mountain, Staggeringly Good Brewery and Mad K showcased products to local hospitality venues and retailers, with the aim to grow a sustainable and thriving supply chain in Portsmouth. In addition, there was a useful programme of short talks that included Liam Coleman’s, founder of Spice Island Chilli, inspirational story of growth from making sauce at his kitchen table to selling nationwide.

Natalie Brahma- Pearl Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council said:

“Building on the legacy of the Southsea Food Festival, Eat the Island fosters connections within our vibrant food and drink scene. By bringing together our food and drink businesses we are enabling greater opportunities to grow our local economy.”

Portsmouth’s great food and drink businesses

We are proud to promote and shout about our businesses. Here are a sample of what we can offer:

Buckwells of Southsea – butchers and winner of the UK’s best sausage

Lets Mochi –  producer of handmade Japanese mochi

Mad K  –  award winning gluten free pies

Natty’s Jerk – award winning Jamaican restaurant Kitchen

Tea Mountain –  supplier of Portsmouth Tea

Powder Monkey Brewing Co –  pale ales, IPA’s and porters.

South Coast Bagel Company –  producer of fresh bagels

Southsea Brewing Co Ltd –  craft beer made in Southsea Castle

Spice Island Chilli – producers of premium chilli condiments

Staggeringly Good –   brewing quality beer (and dinosaur puns)

The Portsmouth Distillery  –  award winning producer of Portsmouth gin and rum

The Southsea Deli – classic delicatessen and cookery school

Queens Hotel Restaurant 1865 –  chef Simon Harnett’s restaurant

Yarty – producer of award winning premium cordials and vinegars

Southsea Food Festival

Southsea Food Festival, Portsmouth’s ultimate family foodie event returns on the 20 and 21 July 2024 packed with stalls  from some of the best food and drink producers in the area.

This popular annual event, now in its 16th year will take place in the heart of Southsea, forming a vibrant hub of activity around Clarendon Road, Palmerston Road, Osborne Road, and Avenue De Caen. A live music stage and family entertainments will also return.

Southsea Food Festival is part of a programme of activities to support small businesses in Portsmouth. The event is also an excellent opportunity for new businesses to showcase their products.

Find out more about Southsea Food Festival

Contact us if you want your business to be involved in Eat the Island.

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