Victorious Festival 2014.

Does Victorious Festival need any introduction in these parts? Portsmouth’s biggest yearly event officially went next level in 2014. Last year’s outing was held in the unique backdrop of the Historical Dockyard, and when word got out that the location had been changed to the common, I found myself scratching my head in terms of how the geography (and already existing infrastructure) would work in their favour. However it only took ten minutes of walking round the site to realise what a wise choice they had made. For once our often neglected seafront shone as a natural host to what was an amazingly successful weekend. The use of space was exemplary, with each area carefully thought out. A lot of lessons were clearly learnt from last year too; the food was more varied and of a higher quality (my goat curry was top notch), and the real ale tent kept the beer flowing. If the current display of evolution is anything to go by, the next coming years are going to be something special. The best yearly event in Portsmouth. No contest.

Saturday.

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Sunday.

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The Strong Island Enamel Mug.

How is this for a quality product? The Strong Island enamel mug has landed and will be available online soon. No respectable Portsmouth kitchen or camping expedition should be without one.

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French Treats.

Merci maman.

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Ale Watch – Old Empire IPA.

Bought as a present, this beer is quite a straightforward IPA; not bad and not amazing. Still beats a tepid tinnie of Fosters… 6/10.

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Steak Night.

#CharLines

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Portsmouth Cemeteries.

Believe it or not but when not cooking, I like nothing more than embarking on leisurely strolls through Portsmouth’s many cemeteries. Not for macabre reasons of course, more due to a passion of history and an enjoyment of serene places. Not only are graveyards fascinating spaces, they are also direct links to the past inhabitants of our city.

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The Chillees No 5.

An excellent present from a friend of the family who attended the yearly West Dean Chilli Fiesta whilst I was at my cousin’s wedding. Christ almighty is it hot! Very kind of you Howard.

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