Celebrate Dorset’s best at the Dorset Food & Arts Festival

Craft Beer from Dorset stand by Lara Jane Thorpe
Craft Beer from Dorset stand by Lara Jane Thorpe

Dorset is famous for its incredible food, which is showcased every year at the Dorset Food & Arts Festival.

For the fifth year running Queen Mother Square will be transformed into a one-day festival on Saturday 6th August drawing in crowds from near and far.

Food producers from the Dorset Farmers’ Market and Dorset Food & Drink line the square offering artisan baked goods, farm fresh meats, locally caught lobsters and vegetables dug up that very morning.

Annabel Elliot to open the Dorset Food & Arts Festival
Annabel Elliot to open the Dorset Food & Arts Festival

Annabel Elliot, antiques expert, interior designer and founder of Annabel Elliot Interior based in Dorset, will be the guest opener for this year’s fifth annual Dorset Food and Arts Festival to be held at Queen Mother Square, Poundbury. The new Public House and Inn in Queen Mother Square is named in honour of her sister, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Last year more than 8,000 people turned up to celebrate the finest produce the county – and possibly the country – has to offer.

The festival was launched five years ago when the Dorset Farmers’ Market came together with the Duchy of Cornwall to plan a free festival.

Since then, the Dorset Food & Arts Festival has gone from strength to strength and every year it raises thousands of pounds for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and other local causes.

Over the last few years the festival has become one of the showcase events for Dorset Food and Drink and therefore attracts an array of different producers.

The 2016 event is all day Saturday, August 6 from 9am to 5pm with chefs hosting special cooking demos throughout the day.

Opening the chef’s demonstration kitchen this year will be TV celebrity chef Lesley Waters. There will be a return of the popular butchery demonstration, this year by Poundbury’s own Brace of Butchers and two new events – The Omelette Challenge & a cheese and beer matching by Hall & Woodhouse.

Live music adorns the stage all day and artists perform in the square – including singer Sophie Green – Winner of Dorset’s Got Talent and soprano Charlotte Hewett.

Each year the festival is managed by a committee of volunteers and last year alone it raised £3,000 for local charity Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

However, the event is not just for food lovers. It has become increasingly popular with families with the children’s area offering arts and crafts, plant a pot and cooking.

This year children are invited to join in the fun in the children’s area, which has a special royal theme to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. There will be crown making, flower planting and a team from Damer’s First School will be attending to sell their Garden Grenades – a project dreamt up for the Virgin Fiver competition.

Simon Conibear, of the Duchy of Cornwall Poundbury, said: “Every year the festival continues to grow in popularity and it is now the key community event for Poundbury.

“It is great to see people from far and wide attend to enjoy the food and music and soak up the atmosphere. This year Queen Mother Square will look quite spectacular as it nears completion and we look forward to the day and raising funds for important local charities.”

In total the festival has raised more than £8,000 for local charities.


Where to buy raffle tickets

You can buy raffle tickets in the run up to the festival in shops around Poundbury and Kemp & Co in Dinham Walk. You can also buy tickets on the day to be in with a chance of winning the spectacular hamper.

Connect with the festival on social media

To stay up to date with the latest news and events from the Festival join/follow/like and talk using the following links – Facebook (Dorset festival), Twitter (@dorsetfestival), Instagram (@dorsetfestival)


For more information, a full list of stallholders and programme please visit www.dorsetfestival.org

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