It’s always a bit nerve wracking when you organise an outdoor event in November, but it paid off. We were blessed with beautiful weather at today’s ‘A Taste of the Outdoors’ and around 700 people (and their dogs) turned out to sample some fine street food and learn about the Forest’s rich cultural heritage.

Head Agister, Jonathan Gerrelli, gave half-hourly talks about Commoning, his rols as an Agister and the history of The New Forest.  Local hotels and pubs had stalls selling delicious food and drink – visitors tucked into venison stew, duck samosas, local cheese, Scotch eggs, pork pies, grilled bangers, paella, hog roast, mini-cream teas, carrot cake and eton mess brandy snaps (to name just a few!). Woodland crafts were available to buy and branding demonstrations took place, using traditional methods.

Thanks to everyone who visited A Taste of the Outdoors! We hope to make it bigger and better next year.