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

The NYETimber Dorset Seafood Festival celebrates seafood in style...with a bit of fizz!  Set the peninsula and Weymouth's picturesque harbour, this fantastic event provides fun and entertainment for the whole family...and of course lots of delicious local food 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, browse our list below to find out more!

Highlightedfood events

George Egg – Set Menu Jan 29

George Egg – Set Menu

Part comedy show, part cooking show, Set Menu is brought to us by the comedian who cooks, albeit using the most unlikely of instruments. George has toured three shows and cooked over a thousand dishes...

Dorchester Beerex Feb 03

Dorchester Beerex

Over the years, Dorchester Beerex has raised more than £200,000 for local good causes. This year's event takes place on February 3rd and 4th 2023 and we will have 80 real ales, a large...

Wedding and Special Event Festival Feb 04

Wedding and Special Event Festival

Sturminster Newton invites couples & families to a unique town event, where they can discover enticing offers for all occasions. Visit Wedding & Special Occasions Exhibitors in The Exchange -...

Valentine's 3 Course Meal with George Michael Feb 11

Valentine's 3 Course Meal with George Michael

Enjoy a romantic night of music from our George Michael Tribute and 3-course meal to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. Celebrate this Valentine's night with the romantic music of George...

An Evening with Richard Bertinet Feb 15

An Evening with Richard Bertinet

Our first event of 2023 welcomes baker, food writer and owner of The Bertinet Kitchen cookery school, Richard Bertinet. You may have seen Richard's demos at Food Rocks over the years and been...

Brew Dorch - Dorchester's Festival of Drinks Feb 16

Brew Dorch - Dorchester's Festival of Drinks

Venues across Dorchester are celebrating the town's prestigious brewing and distilling history and organising some refreshing (see what we did there!) events that will involve a fair amount...

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea Cruise Feb 18

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea Cruise

Join us on Valentines Day for a delicious afternoon tea with a view. Sit back and relax as you enjoy all of the picturesque views that Poole Harbour has to offer and enjoy your time on the water with...

Balbir Singh Dance Company - Love and Spice Feb 24

Balbir Singh Dance Company - Love and Spice

An elderly couple, still very much in love, lookback on their lives together, reliving key moments through memories of the meals they shared. As the couple reminisce, their younger selves appear and...