Enjoy local produce
Dorset Farmers Market
Dorset is a real hot spot for food and drink. From butchers and bakers to chocolate makers, there are all-manner of tasty morsels for you to try and buy.
So whether you want to buy organically farmed burgers for your barbeque, local milk for your cup of tea or the catch of the day for your dinner, you won’t be disappointed with Dorset’s plentiful and delicious produce. Look out for it in our farm shops and markets when you’re visiting.
And if you like a tipple or two, the county is home to numerous vineyards, breweries and distilleries creating delights such as Black Cow Vodka, Fossil Fuel and Fursty Ferret.
Want to take home some Dorset food and drink? There are plenty of choices to tickle your taste buds. Dorset is famous for its Blue Vinney Cheese, Apple Cake and super hot Naga chillies, and not forgetting Dorset Knobs – yes really!
There are farm shops all across Dorset selling locally produced food and drink.
They vary in size from small pop-up shops to mini supermarkets packed full of tasty and locally grown produce. Some are located at campsites and in town centres, and you’ll find some while out and about enjoying our fantastic countryside.
You can find seasonal and fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, milk, bread, meat and fish - the list goes on! As well as fresh produce, the shops will also stock store cupboard items and some will offer organic or free-range products too.
You’ll love browsing the shelves and finding handmade chocolates, delicious biscuits, fresh fruit juice and jams, pickles and chutneys. If you’re lucky, they’ll be tasters to try before you buy and hot options such as pasties or pies to take-away for lunch during your day out in Dorset.
If eco-friendly food shopping is a top priority for you when visiting Dorset, you'll be pleased to hear there are a number of small, independent zero-waste or plastic free shops in the county. And more shops are opening all the time thanks to the growing trend to reduce the plastic in our lives.
You can find shops in Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum, Wimborne Minster, Swanage, Wareham, Westbourne, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
You will find all kinds of refill options for cereals, milk, pasta, rice, spices, herbs, peanut butter, dried fruits and nuts, oils, chocolates, sweets and lots more. Bring your own containers with you or pick some up in-store.
You'll also be able to get refills of shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, laundry liquid, washing up liquid and other cleaning products.
If you would like a food and drink hamper waiting for you when you arrive in Dorset, or if you go home and get a craving for something you've tried on holiday, fear not. You can get it delivered to your doorstep in no time at all.
There are a large number of Dorset's food and drink retailers who now offer online shopping - from vineyards, delicatessens, farm shops and breweries, its foodie heaven at your fingertips.
If world food is something you crave, then Charminster near Bournemouth has a selection of international food shops and delicatessens, as well as eateries from every corner of the globe.