THOUSANDS descended on Alresford for the annual Watercress Festival.

Taking place on Sunday, May 19, the event saw attendees enjoy returning attractions in the sunshine as the festival celebrated its 20th anniversary.

This included the crowning of the Watercress King and Queen, the procession up Broad Street, and live entertainment from the stage.

Hampshire Chronicle: The Watercress FestivalThe Watercress Festival (Image: Stuart Martin Photography)

There was also Morris dancing, and live cookery demonstrations, including from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Tom Hamblet and The Greatcook Book competitor Suki Pantal.

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The event was capped off with the World Watercress Eating Championship, where competitors pit themselves against each other to eat an 80g bag of the plant in the fastest time.

Long-time champion Glenn Walsh took home the trophy once again this year. In a special twist for the event, he was attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for eating watercress, with a time of 37.68 seconds to beat.

A gallery of photos from the event can be viewed by clicking the image at the top of the page.