Eat the Island, Portsmouth's food industry networking event returns on Thursday 13 June from 2 - 5pm at the University of Portsmouth's Dennis Sciama Building for local food and drink producers, independent retailers and hospitality venues in Portsmouth and the South Coast region.

Eat the Island is a free networking event organised by Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Fare, Queens Hotel and University of Portsmouth and the official launch of Southsea Food Festival. The aim is to bring together local businesses to inspire and learn from each other, create opportunities and celebrate the area’s vibrant food and drink culture.

Natalie Brahma- Pearl, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council said:

“The success of the inaugural Eat the Island event last year has been truly rewarding. It’s inspiring to see the growth of collaborative working between local businesses. We are seeing venues sourcing from local suppliers and food producers sharing good practice and knowledge.

Building on the legacy of the Southsea Food Festival, Eat the Island fosters connections within our vibrant food and drink scene. By bringing together our food and drink businesses we are enabling greater opportunities to grow our local economy.”

The event will offer food and drink producers the opportunity to showcase their products to local hospitality venues and retailers, and to help grow a sustainable and thriving supply chain in Portsmouth. In addition, there will be a useful programme of short talks and case studies from local businesses on topics including sourcing local, social media best practice and distribution logistics.

Natasha Dochniak Commercial Manager at Hampshire Fare said:

“We are delighted to be involved in the Eat the Island event again, particularly following the success of last year. We too are seeing some fantastic collaborations with our Hampshire Fare members and the broader hospitality industry and often these come because of networking events such as this. We all know how tough the hospitality industry is right now so any help we can give to support businesses is only a good thing in my mind.”

David Goodwin, Head of Catering at the University of Portsmouth said:

“Sourcing local food is a win win for our customers. It enables us to satisfy the demands of university staff and students who actively request our food provision is sustainable and that includes food miles and buying locally. It also allows us to offer products in smaller quantities which are tailored to our customer needs, such as branded cakes for graduation.”

Paul Playford, General Manager of the Queens Hotel said: Paul Playford, General Manager of the Queens Hotel said:

“We are delighted to continue to support the Eat the Island initiative. There is so much great food and drink being produced on our island city and we are keen to support them and encourage Portsmouth hospitality providers to choose local where possible.”

To attend, please register at

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