When: 20th May 2018, from 9.30am
Where: Alresford, Hampshire
£: Free admission. There is a small charge for the festival park and ride
What is it?
On Sunday 20th May, Alresford in Hampshire will play host to the annual Watercress Festival with quirky family friendly entertainment and watercress-themed activities, including the World Record Watercress Eating Competition.
The first big event of the day will begin at 10.30am with the Festival Cavalcade, which will see a procession of Morris dancers, musicians and local school children head through the town. As the cavalcade passes along, festival goers will be given watercress, fresh from the farm, by the Watercress King and Queen, who will be travelling by traditional horse and cart along the street.
The main highlight of the afternoon will be the annual World Record Watercress Eating Competition, where contestants will be attempting to have their name listed in the Guinness Book of Records. The current record is 32 seconds and competitors hoping to beat the time can sign up on the day. Just head to the main stage by 2.30pm.
Throughout the day there’ll be cookery demonstrations by local award-winning chefs, showing the versatility of watercress as an ingredient with some creative recipes developed for the festival.
Stallholders will also be showing off some unusual and creative uses for watercress, including watercress and blue cheese tarts, cheddar and watercress sausages, sea salted watercress fudge, chicken and watercress pies, and even a watercress muffin for dogs.
Other entertainment will include a main stage with bands playing jazz, blues, and ukulele folk and punk songs; BBQ masterclasses and a best BBQ competition; circus skills and circus shows, Punch and Judy, and a petting farm to help keep the children amused. There will also be falconry displays, buskers, Morris dancing and choir music.
The annual Alresford Watercress Festival celebrates the start of the UK watercress season.