Bridport Food Festival returns to tickle your tastebuds

THE 14th Bridport Food Festival runs from 10th to 16th June, with a programme designed to showcase the best of food and drink in Bridport and the surrounding area, culminating as always in the main event on Askers Meadow on Saturday 16th..

During the week the local community will come together to celebrate everything that Bridport and the surrounding area has to offer – growers, producers, farmers, restaurants, cafes, pubs, food retailers and other related businesses all get involved, putting on their own events to showcase what they do.

The week begins with Washingpool Farm’s Open Sunday, a chance for the whole family to discover real farming at first-hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced.

Between this event and the big Saturday at Asker Meadows, the festival includes tours and tastings at Palmers Brewery, Furleigh Estate Vineyard, Liberty Orchards and Leakers Bakery; a chance to make sausages at Frampton’s Butcher; Indian dinner with wine pairing at the Taj Mahal with Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants, a food quiz at the Ropemakers and lots more.

The festival showcase at Askers Meadow is a celebration of all things food and drink from Bridport and the surrounding area – fine, freshly made food and drink, cheeses, pies, cakes, fudge, bread, fresh and cured meats,  fish, pickles, oils and preserves, burgers, wraps, pizzas, locally produced ice cream and much more from more than 60 producers, suppliers and street food vendors in the area.

There will also be a country café serving Dorset Cream Teas and the Bridport Round Table’s Beer Festival with more than 80 real ales and ciders to try.

It’s not just about tasting and buying, there are also a tasty selection of workshops and cookery demonstrations by local chefs and guest chef Rachel Roddy, the inspiritng Guardian columnist who lives in Rome and brings a flavour of Italy to all her writing.

Learn from local experts in the Make & Take Tent  including ‘How to crack a crab’ with Sally’s Fish Camp and cake decoration with Fancy That Cakes. There are free hands-on foodie activities in the children’s marquee and a dedicated space with food and healthy fun for older children and teenagers.

Many restaurants, cafes and bars will offer festival menus as part of the Bridport Food Festival Food Trail.  For full details visit www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk