Ten years of Dorset Knob Festival

ONE of the country’s most eccentric food and outdoor festivals celebrates its tenth birthday this year – and on Sunday 30th April moves to a new and larger venue at Kingston Maurward.

Join in the fun with knob throwing, splat the knob, knob and spoon races plus some of the best of Dorset food and drink  from 10am to 4pm.

The festival was founded in 2008 at Cattistock by Nigel Collins, who last year retired as chairman and his wife Shelley, to  raise much needed additional funds for clubs and facilities in the village. Today it continues to raise thousands of pounds for organisations in and around the Frome valley.

The first event took place in the centre of the village and the pub’s back garden. As it became more famous and popular it moved to the football pitch and now it has outgrown the village.

Nigel Collins says: “The success meant that a larger site is needed for 2017 and we believe that Kingston Maurward provides an ideal location. We share the same ethos of promoting locally produced food, drink and goods and the additional space and improved accessibility they can provide for visitors mean this is an exciting development for this truly unique Dorset event.”

As well as the Knob Throwing contest and other games, the other main attraction is one of the biggest food and drink festivals in the county.

The continuing success of the Knob Festival is the due in great part to the support of Moore’s, the long-established West Dorset biscuit makers who continue to produce thousands of the iconic Dorset Knobs for the festival.  Moore’s have been baking this famous and unique biscuit since 1880 – and they are still best eaten with Dorset’s other famous historic product, Blue Vinny cheese.