This year’s Bridport Food Festival will take place from the 8-14 June 2014. The Main Event at Asker Meadows will happen on Saturday 14th June. To enquire about taking part, either as an Exhibitor or Sponsor please contact email@example.com.
Bridport was recently voted as one of the top three Market Towns in the UK by readers of Countryfile Magazine. The short film below offers an insight into what makes this part of West Dorset so special and gives a taste, both of the Festival and the thriving food and drink scene to be found in this corner of south-west England.
Did you attend last year’s event?
Celebrating its 10th year in 2013 the Festival’s Main Event on Saturday 15th June was the most well attended to date. From those who organised or hosted events during festival week, exhibitors who offered a rich variety of food, drink, crafts and ideas for visitors to enjoy to volunteers who gave their time to
We are also extremely grateful to our much-valued sponsors who make the Festival possible as well as our media partner, the Bridport News, for providing such colourful and comprehensive coverage of events.
Highlights last year included the finals of the Taste of Dorset Awards best Dorset recipe cook-off and a packed line-up of chefs demonstrating in the Cookery Theatre. Lesley Waters, Karl Bashford, The History Girls and Stephane Frigon have kindly provided recipes of the dishes they created – recreate their dishes, just click on chef’s name to find their recipe.
Food, Drink & More!
Visitors sampled and shopped in the Producers Marquee, enjoyed a cuppa and a scone in the Festival Cafe or sampled an ale at the Beer Festival. The Children’s Marquee was wonderfully received, with activities including cheese and bread making, hands-on crafts and pedal powered smoothies!
Chesil Smokery was voted the best exhibitor’s stand by the Mayor, and presented with a pottery plate, made by New House Pottery, Broadoak. The best Exhibitor Award is offered in memory of former Festival organiser Liz Field who worked tirelessly for event for many years and whose optimism and kindness is much missed.
Chocolate creations by some very creative cake makers were entered into the Bridport Bake competition, this year judged by Chef Lesley Waters and Pam “the jam” Corbin. The standard of entries was very high with some strong entries from young bakers in both categories – find winners here.
Local shoppers were delighted to find Festival Wooden Nickels in their change and the draw was made to find winners. Numbers of the winning Nickels are here.
The Feast Bus, Yeovil College’s state of the art mobile kitchen toured local schools with Local Food Links offering food workshops to children. What’s more, the Bus then continued its food journey to the Festival’s main event and proved extremely popular as hands-on cookery workshops with former River Cottage Chef Tim Maddams ran throughout the day giving pairs of children and grown-ups the chance to cook together.
Plus, throughout the Festival Week a host of tempting food events were enjoyed in the town and around including a seafood festival, film screening, cookery classes, informative tasting talks, farm tours, big picnic, and much sampling of the most wonderful local food and drink.
We hope to see you in 2014!
Bridport is home to a vibrant high street with a range of great independent food shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. A regular street market takes place on Wednesday and Saturday while monthly on the second Saturday of each month Bridport Farmers Market ensures that the best of Bridport and local produce can be found all year ’round.
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