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Bridport Food Festival

Bridport Food Festival

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Dorset Food Festivals & Events

Looking for an event to tantalise your taste buds?

Dorset is renowned for its local produce and as well as the regular farmers' markets that you can find sprinkled around the county, Dorset hosts a range of gourmet celebrations from beer, cheese and seafood festivals to large scale events showcasing the delectable delights from across the whole county!

 

Mouthwatering Dorset Events

Dorset is home to some of the finest locally produced food and seafood so naturally we're always ready to celebrate all things food with mouthwatering events featuring plenty of local produce in splendid locations!

Food events with a difference!

You'll also find a variety of more quirky events to enjoy!

Why not chomp your way through as many stinging nettles as you can bare at one of Dorset's more unsual events - the World Nettle Eating Championships!

Don't worry if you're not feeling peckish for nettles as this is a bemusing event to spectate.

If you're looking for something with a bit less bite, the Dorset Knob Throwing Competition and Frome Valley Food Festival is a family day out with a difference.

Along with the opportunity to taste and purchase a fine range of local foods, why not see how far you can throw a Dorset Knob?

If throwing isn't your forte then have a go at Knob painting or the Knob and spoon race!

A foodie's paradise!

Taste the delights of Dorset at Eat Dorset Food Fair in October, set in the beautiful grounds of Parnham House - this is a truely delicious day out.

There are plenty of more tradional food events to delight - The Christchurch Food & Wine Festival takes place every May and is one of the premier events of its type, attracting top celebrety chefs to demonstrate their culinary skills.

The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival brings together champagne and seafood around Weymouth's picturesque harbour in July.

This fantastic event provides fun and entertainment for the whole family ...and of course lots of delicious local food for you to sample.

If cheese is your vice then a visit to Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival is a must.

This two day event takes place in September and celebrates all things cheese!

Browse the list below for our list of food and drink events taking place across Dorset.

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  1. Add SSCRC Curry & Qiz Night to your Itinerary

    SSCRC Curry & Qiz Night

    Type

    Competition/Game

    Swanage

    Teams of 4, fun quiz with curry.
    We will test your general knowledge, your "Swanage Knowledge" and will throw in some gig rowing questions too. It is therefore advisable to have at least one rower on your team!
    In between rounds, there will be a choice of meat or veggie curry, a raffle and the...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Feb 2015 To 5 Feb 2015
  2. Add Dorchester Beerex 2015 to your Itinerary

    Dorchester Beerex 2015

    Type

    Festival

    Dorchester

    Annual Dorchester Beer Festival 2015.

    February 6th and 7th
    (over 18 only)

    Lunchtime and evening sessions both days with live music Saturday evening.

    Friday 6th 11am-3:30pm
    Friday 6th 6pm-11.30pm SOLD OUT

    Saturday 7th 11am-3:30pm SOLD OUT
    Saturday 7th 6pm-11.30pm SOLD OUT

    All...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Feb 2015 To 7 Feb 2015
    From:
    6 Feb 2015 To 7 Feb 2015
  3. Purbeck Produce Markets

    Type

    Sale

    Swanage

    We are a co-operative of local farmers, cooks and crafts people producing high quality, environmentally friendly and locally made products such as meat, vegetables, bread, preserves, pies, cakes, cards and gifts.

    You will find us at the Purbeck Farmers Market in Commercial Road, Swanage .
    Look...

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    14 Feb 2015 To 14 Feb 2015
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    14 Mar 2015 To 14 Mar 2015
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    11 Apr 2015 To 11 Apr 2015
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    9 May 2015 To 9 May 2015
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    14 Nov 2015 To 14 Nov 2015
  4. Add Wine Tasting Evening to your Itinerary

    Wine Tasting Evening

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dorchester

    Two course dinner & tutored tasting £32.50 per head. Book at Palmers Wine Store 01308 427500.
    7pm for 7:30pm, glass of wine and canapes on arrival. 8-10 wines to be presented.
    Last Thursday of each month (excluding June and July). Each month will have a theme.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Feb 2015 To 26 Feb 2015
  5. Add Wine Tasting Evening to your Itinerary

    Wine Tasting Evening

    Type

    Participatory Event

    West Bay Road, Bridport

    Tutored tasting. £13.50 per head. Book at Palmers Wine Store 01308 427500.
    7.30pm for 8pm, glass of wine and canapes on arrival.
    Every last Friday of each month (excluding June and July). Each month will have a theme.

    Dates

    From:
    27 Feb 2015 To 27 Feb 2015
  6. Add The Pearl Gala - Dorchester Arts Centre Fundraiser to your Itinerary

    The Pearl Gala - Dorchester Arts Centre Fundraiser

    Type

    Participatory Event

    High East Street, Dorchester

    7pm

    £45 (includes glass of wine with meal)

    Cash bar available

    Get your gladrags on and join us in celebrating 30 years of Dorchester Arts – a chance to look back and celebrate past successes and to drink to a bright future.

    Hosted by BBC Radio Solent‘s Steve Harris, the evening will...

    Venue

    Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester

    Dates

    From:
    27 Feb 2015 To 27 Feb 2015
  7. Add Cafe Scientifique - Is Foraging Ecologically Sustainable? with John Wright to your Itinerary

    Cafe Scientifique - Is Foraging Ecologically Sustainable? with John Wright

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Dorchester

    CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE – Dorchester Arts Centre

    7:30pm (doors & bar 7:00pm)

    FREE

    Foraging for wild food has become extremely popular in recent years, with Wellington booted troupes descending on hedgerow, wood and seashore, picking and eating everything from Marsh Samphire to Scarlet Elf Cup...

    Venue

    Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester

    Dates

    From:
    19 Mar 2015 To 19 Mar 2015
  8. Powerstock Cider Festival 2015

    Type

    Festival

    Nr Bridport

    This will be another exciting year for the celebrated Powerstock Cider Festival which takes place between 6pm and 10.30pm in the 'Hut' (village hall). As in previous years there will be arond 20 cider producers attending the festival as well as local food suppliers.

    Tickets will be on sale in...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Apr 2015 To 25 Apr 2015
  9. Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival 2015

    Type

    Festival

    Dorchester

    The world-famous Dorset Knob Throwing competition returns as part of the Frome Valley Food Festival. Besides knob throwing there will be additional fun knob attractions including knob eating, knob painting, a knob and spoon race, guess the weight of the big knob, knob darts and a knob pyramid. ...

    Dates

    From:
    3 May 2015 To 3 May 2015
  10. Add Christchurch Food & Wine Festival 2015 to your Itinerary

    Christchurch Food & Wine Festival 2015

    Type

    Festival

    CHRISTCHURCH

    Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 May 2015

    The award-winning Christchurch Food & Wine Festival

    The fabulous Christchurch Festival Market returns to Christchurch on the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May from 10am until 6pm. The town centre will be buzzing with over 120 traders in the town...

    Dates

    From:
    9 May 2015 To 10 May 2015