An array of local produce was showcased last week at a pop-up ‘Cocktails and Canapés’ event held as part of the Hampshire Food Festival to raise money for Ark Cancer Charity, The evening was hosted by MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire and fellow finalist, Juanita Hennessey at The Myers Touch in Kings Worthy.
Donated local ingredients including Chalk Stream Trout, Broughton Buffalo, Lyburn Old Winchester cheese, watercress, wasabi, Jenkyn Place Wine and cherries all featured on the menu. Each canapé was demonstrated to the audience of over 60 guests by Jane and Juanita.
Cocktails were expertly created and served by Winchester Distillery using their range of spirits including Twisted Nose Vodka, Winchester Gin and Twisted Nose Gin. Paul Bowler from Winchester Distillery commented: “We were eager to be involved in the event to support such a good local cause. It was also an opportunity for us to showcase our diverse range of local gins and vodka, perfectly matched with food.”
This was the second event held by Jane as part of the county-wide food festival to raise money for the Ark Cancer Charity. Last week ten Hampshire Food Festival goers savoured a six-course fine dining experience at The Myers Touch which featured additional local ingredients such as Chalkdown Sparkling Cider, Tunworth and Two Hoots Cheese with wine paired by Berry Bros & Rudd.
Jane believes strongly in the work of the local cancer charity and is committed to supporting their work: “What a perfect way to raise money for such a fantastic cause – quality local food shared with a great bunch of people!”
Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees commented on the events: “The charity is so grateful to the wonderful Jane Devonshire, Hampshire Fare, The Myers Touch team, Paul and all at Berry Bros & Rudd, and all the fabulous Hampshire food producers who supported this very special fine dining evening.
“The kind and generous support of all the guests who attended is very much appreciated, and I am delighted that they enjoyed such marvellous and memorable evenings. Their support for the charity is much appreciated, and their donations are another welcome step towards Ark’s £5million fundraising target in support of the much-needed cancer treatment centre.”
The success of Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5m appeal will ensure a range of support services and complementary therapies are available alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in a calm and uplifting environment.
There are plenty of events yet to take place during the month-long Hampshire Food Festival running from 1-31 July, including brewery tours, a wine festival, gin tours and much more. For a full list of Hampshire Food Festival events visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk.
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All Photographs taken by - Michael Butters Photography