Celebrating Portsmouth’s growing food and drink businesses at Southsea Food Festival

A crowd of people with food and drinks, sitting at picnic benches on Palmerston Road at the 2023 Southsea Food Festival

Southsea Food Festival, one of the largest food festivals along the South Coast, returns to start the summer holidays on 20th and 21st July with over 60 food and drink stalls offering some of the best food and drink producers in the region.

Now in its 16th edition, Southsea Food Festival returns with a greater range of market stalls, hot food traders, a new Culinary Conversation stage, family entertainment and live acoustic music stage showcasing the best local talent.

Councillor Steve Pitt, Leader of the council with responsibility for economic development said “Southsea Food Festival continues to develop and grow. As a city, our priority is fostering a thriving local economy, and the food festival plays a vital role in that. It provides a fantastic platform for our local food and drink businesses to showcase their talents to a wide audience. It’s also a brilliant day out, offering a chance to meet with many of Portsmouth’s local businesses and explore incredible flavours”.

The two-day event supported by Greatest Hits Radio takes place in the heart of Southsea, forming a vibrant hub of activity around Clarendon Road, Palmerston Road, Osborne Road, and Avenue De Caen. Many of the restaurants in Southsea are also taking part offering advice, tasters, and treats.

Food lovers can browse, sample, and buy a wide range of foods including churros, takoyaki, ice cream, cannelloni, BBQ, condiments, locally brewed beers and even Portsmouth 5-year-aged rum. From local suppliers to inspiration from far-flung corners of the world, there will also be plenty of options for veggies, vegans and those with gluten or dairy allergies. There is even a trader catering for dogs.

Visitors are encouraged to walk or cycle or take a bus to the event. If travelling from outside of the city, visitors are encouraged to use Portsmouth’s Park and Ride service PR3, which runs to the event site.

The food festival celebrates the thriving and diverse food scene of Portsmouth & Southsea’s independent restaurants, retailers, and communities. Southsea Food Festival is part of a programme of activities organised by Portsmouth City Council to support small businesses in Portsmouth.

Southsea Food Festival is a free event. For more information visit rediscoverportsmouth.co.uk.