Launched in 2000, the Christchurch Food Festival was run as a Community Interest Company (CIC) until 2019.
As well as hosting some amazing food and drink, the festival is a great open-air showcase of Christchurch, attracting vital tourism to the town and helping support the local economy.
After 20 years organising the Festival, the majority of the volunteer committee decided to take a well-earned rest and the Festival has now been taken on by one of the committee members and local resident who also just happens to run Real Food Festivals, who stage food festivals and food markets.
We love Christchurch and are committed to build on what is already a fantastic event, bringing people together in a beautiful spot on the South Coast to share great food and drink.
LOCAL • INDIVIDUAL • AUTHENTIC • CURATED • DIVERSE • COMMUNITY • PASSIONATE • INTEGRITY • DEPENDABLE • SUSTAINING • INDEPENDENT
REAL FOOD supports small businesses, the local economy and nurtures talented artisans.
REAL FOOD curate, seeking and handpicking emerging and established food producers so that visitors can discover original and guaranteed quality.
REAL FOOD creates dependable, destination events.
REAL FOOD is independent and authentic; run by people who are passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated.
REAL FOOD is inclusive and diverse, offering something for everyone and every budget; whether students, office workers, young families, retirees, dog-owners or fashionable hipsters.
REAL FOOD cares about minimising its environmental footprint and working with sustainable and ethically-minded traders and ‘products with provenance’
We have been running food festivals and events since 2008, when we launched the first Real Food Festival at Earls Court Exhibition centre, which The Guardian called “Heavyweight, that is the only word for the Real Food Festival. One of the biggest and most interesting dates in the British food calendar.”.
We have since gone on to launch several annual food festivals, regular markets, pop-ups, and dedicated street food festivals championing and celebrating the very best food producers and businesses out there.
Our events have been staged at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Regent Street, King’s Cross as well as International events where we have shipped out the UK’s finest street food traders (and their trucks!) to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to the feet of the tallest building in the world.
We are driven by a belief that people share our conviction in real food enough to seek out independent, artisan producers who put the quality and integrity of their product above all else, and our festivals, events and markets celebrate the pleasure of food while helping to support small producers and independent food businesses creating sustainable and ethical products.
These food producers and businesses are crucial in preserving our natural environment, local economies, agricultural knowledge and food culture. We believe it is vitally important to support their existence and reconnect people to where their food comes from. We don’t believe that food should be treated as a basic commodity and in an effort to bring great food to as many people as possible we have collaborated with some fantastic partners and like-minded organizations.