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The Watercress Fest

Summer officially starts in the UK in less than three weeks, and already the local fetes and festivals have started in earnest.

A couple of weeks back, we ventured up the road to Alresford to explore the annual Watercress Festival...

For those of you not familiar, it's always held on the third Sunday of May, and celebrates a local crop that has been a big part of Alresford life for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Plenty of watercress for sale for charity donations

It's safe to say that most things at the festival feature this humble (but nutrient packed) green leaf in some form or another, from watercress eating championships, to all manner of watercress themed food and drink. To get there you can even catch the Watercress Line to the Festival straight from the car park.

It's a brilliant day out that attracts thousands of people who come to peruse the 80 plus stalls piled high with arts and crafts, and plenty of local produce. It's a day that manages to raise money for a great cause too...

As someone who has lived away from the UK for quite a while, it's great to see a bit of rural English heritage celebrated in such a brilliantly bonkers way.

If you are planning a visit next year it will be on the 17 May. Make sure to get there early in time for the main parade featuring the Watercress King and Queen - naturally!


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