Food & Drink 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!

Some like it hot!

One of Dorset's hottest food festival has to be the Great Dorset Chilli Festival!  A glorious weekend of 'chilli fiesta', this fun and friendly festival is a must for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and anyone looking for a great day out. There's plenty to keep the kids entertained as well!

Fresh from the sea

SeaFeast - the Dorset Seafood Festival celebrates seafood in style...with a bit of fizz! 

Set on Weymouth's peninsula with the beautiful sandy beach as a backdrop, this fantastic event provides fun and entertainment for the whole family...and of course lots of delicious local food and drink for you to sample. 

You'll be entertained by national chefs as well as local (and much loved!) seafood heroes.

Forage for your own food

Dorset's landscape is perfect for foraging and there are events that teach you new skills and help you forage and cook your own food in our great outdoors!  This activity is a fantastic experience for groups of all sizes and ages.

This is just a sample of the many food and drink events available for you to sample in Dorset, scroll down to find out more!

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Sturminster Big Weekend May 31

Sturminster Big Weekend

Jam-packed with events and things to do, Sturminster's Big Weekend is going to be BIG! There's an Indoor Market and the biggest ever Real Ale and Cider Festival in The Exchange with live...

Family Fest Dorset Jun 01

Family Fest Dorset

Wimborne's biggest and best family festival is back on the first weekend of June in 12 acres of working farmland! We invite you to join us on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June...

Supper and Safari Jun 06

Supper and Safari

Supper and Safari at Brownsea Island. A fantastic opportunity to meet some of Brownsea's nocturnal wildlife. Enjoy a boat ride to the island and a tasty homecooked meal before heading out with one...

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival Jun 07

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

As is traditional, on the second weekend of June, Wimborne Minster will come alive with the annual Folk Festival as the streets, pubs and concert halls are filled with morris dancers, music...

Armed Forces Expo Jun 08

Armed Forces Expo

As part of our D-Day 80 commemorations, we are holding an Armed Forces Expo, in Legion House, Church Lane, Blandford Forum. Join us at this free event showcasing military charities and organisations...

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Spring Countryside Show Jun 08

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Spring Countryside Show

A traditional country show with show gardens and spring plot competitions. Agricultural and livestock shows. Trade and craft stands, food hall and farmers market. A great day out for all the...

Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival Jun 08

Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival

The Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival returns for 2024 and takes place on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. The event, which started in 2014, will once again be held throughout the village...

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