When you’re out and about browse the menu for these local specialities or take a trip to a farm shop, delicatessen or restaurant across the district to see what’s fresh and seasonal locally.
Watercress: Winchester’s local leaf
Acres of watercress beds span the Itchen and Meon Valleys – see for yourself on the Mid Hants Railway. This local leaf is even celebrated every year in the Watercress Festival, held in Alresford during May.
Food from the chalk streams
The River Itchen, which runs through the heart of the Winchester, along with the River Test to the south west of Winchester, are famous for the wild trout which thrive in their clear, fast-running waters.
Mine's a pint
Look out for the Itchen Valley Brewery at Alresford, Suthwyk Ales at Southwick and the award-winning Flower Pots micro-brewery at Cheriton. If you want to see how the amber nectar is made, the Itchen Valley Brewery offers guided tours for groups.
Hampshire Fare's free guide to local producers of food, drink and craft in the county will help you seek out the best the region has to offer and includes details of foodie events throughout the year. Visit the Hampshire Fare website to request a copy.