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Alresford Watercress Festival

The watercress capital of the UK, this month Alresford celebrates the season with a festival dedicated to the superfood

Carole Elgueta



Alresford Watercress Festival

Watercress king and queen

Festival fun

Considered to be the UK’s watercress capital, Alresford celebrates its fame each year on the third Sunday of May (this year it’s the 17th) with a festival that brings the local community together with food lovers from far and wide for a day of food and fun.

One of the highlights of the event is the street cavalcade which is presided over by a watercress king and queen on a horse and cart.

This sets off at 10.30am accompanied by jazz musicians, morris dancers and local schoolchildren who hand out the first of the season’s watercress harvest. Throughout the day, entertainment is provided by musicians and performers with activities for children of all ages, including rides on the famous Watercress Line steam train and the watercress eating championships, while local chefs share their passion for the superfood during a variety of cookery demonstrations and food stalls sell local artisanal produce.

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