Celebrating the tastes of Dorset

ONE of Dorset’s top food festivals returns on Saturday 4th August, from 9am to 5pm, with the annual free Dorset Festival of Food and Arts in Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, with around 50 stalls selling some of the county’s finest food and drink.

Now in its seventh year, the festival has been handed over from the Duchy of Cornwall and a voluntary committee to Dorset Food & Drink, which already organises many successful events around the county. Katharine Wright, of Dorset Food & Drink, said: “It’s been great to be given the opportunity to continue what is already a popular annual festival. The festival has a fantastic feel and I think this is because everyone brings their own gazebos and it truly champions the best of local producers.”

The festival is held as always on the Saturday closest to the late Queen Mother’s birthday, following the successful pattern of previous years. This year the festival is requesting a voluntary donation of £1 which will help support local events like this and means visitors can enjoy spending their money on the array of delicious cuisine on offer.

The Dorset Food & Arts Festival was originally held in 2012 as a one-off celebration of the best of Dorset produce, in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics Games, in London and at Weymouth and Portland.

As always the event includes the regular Poundbury Dorset Farmers’ Market stallholders who can usually be found in the square on the first Saturday of each month.

There will be a wide range of music by buskers and performers around the square and many activities for children and families are invited to take part. For more information please visit the website www.dorsetfestival.org

Photographs by Lara Jane Thorpe.