Directory is a guide to the finest tastes of Dorset

food-directoryDORSET Food & Drink, the food producers group for the county, has published its first directory, with details of all 136 members, including the nine Founder Members and two Chef-Ambassadors, and information about food festivals and fairs, sustainable food projects and Screen Bites Food Film Festival.

Dorset Food & Drink, which was launched in 2013 at the Dorset Food & Arts Festival at Poundbury, is run by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership. Dorset AONB manager Tom Munro says: “We hope that this first Dorset Food & Drink directory will help you to discover the wealth of produce and enjoy eating and drinking your way around the county, from the heaths in the east to the downs and vales of west Dorset.

“In towns and villages, on beaches and in the countryside, pubs and farm shops, restaurants and beach cafés, hotels and home kitchens, Dorset Food & Drink aims to link people living and working in and visiting  the county with the outstanding food and drink produced within it, and the wide range of sustainable fish and seafood caught off the Jurassic coast.”

Two of the country’s finest chefs, both with restaurants in Dorset, have become ambassadors for Dorset Food & Drink. The directory includes short profiles of Dorset native Mark Hix, who has Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis, and James Golding, chef director of The Pig group, including The Pig on the Beach at Studland. Both chefs are strong supporters of regional, seasonal food and drink and have contributed recipes to encourage you to make the most of the fresh seafood, vegetables and produce available.

There are profiles of the nine founder members, and brief details, websites, phone numbers and other important information about all 136 members, including where the products can be bought or enjoyed. There is a clear map which identifies the locations of all members.

Other sections include information about sustainable food projects in Bridport and Bournemouth, dates of food festivals and fairs, a calendar of Dorset Farmers Markets, and 2015 festival dates and information about Screen Bites Food Film Festival, which is based in Dorset and is the country’s only food and film festival.

Copies are available through DF&D members, at farm shops, farmers markets, independent food shops, libraries, arts centres, visitor information centres and at food fairs and festivals.

For more information visit www.dorsetfoodanddrink.org