Dorset is renowned for its local produce and farmers' markets that you can find sprinkled around the county. There are a range of gourmet celebrations held throughout the year in Dorset. Find out the foodie events and festivals taking place over the next few weeks and plan your gourmet adventure.
28th – 30th August - Christchurch Food Festival
This year free three-day festival takes place on the Christchurch Quay. Where visitors will be able to shop and sample ingredients, cakes, drinks, and delicious snacks to enjoy there and then, with the vast majority of whom are of local provenance.
Watch some top local and national chefs and pick up some new culinary skills at the Chef Demonstration Theatre. With top chefs such as Rosemary Shrager, James Golding and Alex Aitken appearing at this year’s festival.
5th & 6th September - The Festival of Scent, Keyneston Mill
A celebration of all things fragrant, with a range of different experiences that bring scent alive including immersive rooms, interactive exhibition spaces, free mini workshops & scented garden tours, and a choice of flavoursome food and drink offerings. The festival will explore themes related to scent including gardens, perfume, wellness, fashion and art.
As part of our Festival of Scent, they are also hosting joyful jazz evenings to bring a bit of Parisian nightlife to Dorset! With live Parisian Jazz, delicious French food and themed outdoor cinema.
Day tickets cost £18 per person and evening ticket including a three course dinner cost £75 per person.
11th & 12th September - Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth
If you’re a seafoodie, then make sure not to miss a celebration of seafood at this year’s Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival. With stage demonstrations from chefs such as Mark Hix and Mitch Honks, live music, children’s cookery workshops and top restaurants serving up some delicious street food inspired menus. The festival is taking place at Weymouth Peninsula and day tickets cost £10 per adult.
11th & 12th September - Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, Sturminster Newton
Love cheese? Then the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival for you! Visitors to the festival can browse the many traditional food stalls, craft stalls, real ale and real cider tents on offer. Be entertained by live music, Punch and Judy shows, Morris dancing, children's entertainment and, of course, there's plenty of cheese. Tickets cost £7 per adult.
17th – 19th September - Foodies Festival, Bournemouth
At this three-day festival, visitors can enjoy and pick up tips at Chefs Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre, Drinks Theatre with wine, Champagne, beer and cocktail making masterclasses. Shop ‘til you drop at the Shopping Village with award-winning artisan producers, Street Food Avenue, Kids Cookery School and a live music stage. Tickets start from £19 per adult.