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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.

The first Eat the Island event was held in June 2023 and brought together over 100 attenders – food and drink producers, independent retailers and hospitality venues in Portsmouth and the South Coast region.

Jane Lamer Head of Economic Development and Skills at the council said:

“Portsmouth is famous for its amazing hospitality industry and this event was a real reminder of why.  The noise levels were high! The excitement clear and new connections made”.

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

What’s next

Currently the team are planning more Eat the Island networking opportunities in 2024 alongside attending regional and national trade events to promote Portsmouth’s food and drink businesses.

Contact us if you want your business to be involved.

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