Food Festivals

Celebrating Jo Yeatman with food and music

THIS year’s Dorset Food & Arts Festival at Poundbury was a tribute to Jo Yeatman, secretary of Dorset Farmers Markets and a key member of the festival committee, who died in May. The main tribute to Jo, who was involved with the festival from the start in 2012, was a cookbook, The Dorset Food &…

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Chilli Festival is hot stuff

WHATEVER the weather, you can guarantee that the heat will be turned to maximum at this year’s Great Dorset Chilli Festival on 5th and 6th August in the beautiful grounds of St Giles House at Wimborne St Giles. Building on the success of the past three years at St Giles, this year’s festival is a…

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All set for 10 days of music and laughter at Frome

THE 17th Frome Festival opens on Friday 7th July with a packed weekend programme of music, comedy and food guaranteed to get the town in the party spirit. Friday’ s events include Bollywood Brass Band playing Indian film music at the Cheese and Grain, and Texas born blues and country guitarist Rodney Branigan at the…

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Longleat food and drink festival has the right ingredients

LONGLEAT’s inaugural Food and Drink Festival proved a hit with visitors and foodies who visited the stately home over the weekend to sample interesting regional food and drink and enjoy the celebrity chef demonstrations. On the Saturday there were three cooking masterclasses with the 2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and on Sunday…

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Microbreweries on tap at Salisbury Beerex

THERE is a great line-up of music, entertainment and more than 60 beers and ciders for the 37th annual Beerex festival at Salisbury Arts Centre on 16th and 17th June, organised in collaboration with CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale and Salisbury Rotary Cogs. There will be more than 50 beers from microbreweries around the…

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Gin festival is a tonic for Frome

FROME’s Cheese and Grain venue hosts a gin festival on Friday and Saturday, 19th and 20th May, with more than 70 different gins on offer. Gin is currently having a moment – or rather a major revival, with big names like Sipsmith reminding drinkers just how good proper gin tastes, and small batch distilleries popping…

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