Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Hampton Festival welcomed more than 4000 visitors on Sunday, 21 May. Food enthusiasts convened at Chapman Park Hampton to indulge and enjoy fresh produce, gourmet meals, and the work of local artists.

“Our food and art master-classes on Friday and Saturday have proven extremely popular and our Sunday Festival has this year attracted more food and wine exhibitors than previous years,” said Wendy Allen, Hampton Festival Event Organiser.

With over 70 food and wine exhibitors, guests nibbled and

sipped on samples from local favourites including Stella May Fine Foods, The Baker’s Duck, and Holland Wines.

River Cottage Australia‘s Paul West led cooking demonstrations, along with beer guru Matt Kirkegaard, better known as BeerMatt, and organic farmer Justin Russell from Half Moon Farm. Visitors were taught everything from cheese making to beer brewing to pairing beer with breakfast.

To ensure fun was had for the whole family, Kids in the Kitchen allowed younger attendees to don their own chefs’ hats and whip up tasty, nutritious meals. 

Artists from around Hampton led demonstrations in a variety of mediums, from charcoal painting with Don Milner to costume design with Tonia Pawlyszyn. 166 works from 58 artists were available to purchase.

To accompany the sizzling food stalls and enticing autumn weather was live music from local performers including The O’Brien Quartet, Dana Hassall, and Hayley Chalmers.

See socials from last year’s Brazilian-themed Hampton Festival here.