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Recipe for success at Portsmouth’s food and drink industry event

June 14, 2024

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

The event launched Southsea Festival 2024 which returns on 20 & 21 July and brought together local businesses to inspire and learn from each other, create opportunities and celebrate the area’s vibrant food and drink culture.

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.

Nathalie 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.”

Southsea Food Festival returns to start the summer holidays on 20 and 21 July with over 60 food and drink stalls. The festival is marking its 16th edition of supporting Portsmouth’s food and drink businesses.

For more information about Eat the Island


Image From L to R: Giles Collighan, Portsmouth Distillery, Liam Coleman, Spice Island Chilli, Natasha Dochniak, Hampshire Fare, Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Portsmouth City Council, Kate Pearce, Queens Hotel, David Goodwin, University of Portsmouth

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