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 admin@bridportfoodfestival.co.uk.

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?

We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill out a brief questionnaire.

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 weekexhibitors who offered a rich variety of food, drink, crafts and ideas for visitors to enjoy to volunteers who gave their time to

Happy crowdsmake it happen – we extend our thanks.

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.

Live Cookery

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,Best exhibitors Stand 2013 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.

Lesley Waters and cake

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 Tim Maddam's Food Workshop2Cottage 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.

Many thanks for the images on this website to

Chris Denne, Dawn Potter, Steve Powell and Adrian Waddington

38 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. The Dorset Ginger Company are looking forward to seeing you there, come and try our refreshing summer mixes!

  2. Pink’s Organics is looking forward to meeting all the Bridport Food Festival Followers – come to our stand & try our yummy products!

  3. The Bridport Food Festival is not to be missed! Come and sample some of our cured, air-dried and smoked specialities like smoked wild venison, duck, chicken, air-dried beef and black strap bacon. Capreolus Fine Foods are in the Producers Marquee on Saturday – come and say hello. Incidentally ‘Capreolus capreolus’ is the latin name for the wild Fallow Deer.

  4. Mr Filbert’s is looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday at the so jump in your wellies and come and see what all the fuss is about ….

  5. Have tried Pink’s Organics smoked tomatoes before and will be straight to the stand for some more products!

  6. A Stroll along the Dorset Coast was a delightful end to the week,
    Oh No John John, No John, No John was particular highlight!

  7. Great fforumm! Thanx guys!

  8. Lets hope the Weather is nice for the whole week, Marshwood Vale Cider will be attending on Saturday at Askers meadow.

  9. This year Balsons Butchers in Bridport have made a festival sausage – pork and apple.. it is on sale now. If you haven’t tried it yet can recommend.

  10. Davebob Spongenuts Reply May 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Don’t forget to visit the Local Food Links stand!

  11. We’re really looking forward to it here at Clipper Teas – I think it’ll be wellie weather though!

    • Yes you’re right there – wellies not picnic blankets. Not to worry though – there’ll be lots of coverage in the wonderful marquees! Not to forget the fantastic Clipper Teas sponsored Festival Cafe!

  12. Hello,
    Looking forward to all the events, please could someone drop some flyers into BAC, ours have all gone! Many thanks Jill, Bridport Arts Centre

  13. What a good week having so far. Yesterday had an excellent tour around Bridport’s Palmers Brewery – given by the head brewer Darren Batten – and today went along to the Food Quiz at the RopeMakers. John & Geraldine put on an excellent food tasting menu including a chorizo scotch egg.. delicious.. and this was followed by a very entertaining food related quiz. My team ‘Scrambled’ or was it ‘Poached’ didn’t win but did a lot better than we thought we would.. look forward to the next event.

  14. Win your ticket to foodie heaven in the Local Food Links raffle. First prize: dinner for 2 at The White House, Charmouth. Other prizes include hampers from Washingpool Farm Shop & Felicitys Farm Shop, as well as Meal vouchers from Punch & Judy and other goodies. Proceeds for Children in Need. Tickets: 5 for £1. From the Local Food Links stand. Draw at 2.15 on Saturday.

  15. I have only just found out about the Mini Food Festival, how do I get a stand at the event? I am very surprised I did not get notified it was happening.

  16. What are the exact dates for the 2013? Can some one let me know?

    • Thanks for your enquiry – next year’s festival will run from the 10 – 16 June 2013 – although there may be extra events around these dates.

      • Thanks for the 2013 dates, when will full details of events be published ?

      • Hi Robert and thanks for your query.

        Further details will become available as events are confirmed, this usually happens around Easter time.

        If you wish to subscribe to this site via the homepage you will receive an update when details become available (these are very occasional so you will not be inundated, we promise).

        In previous years the festival has offered cookery courses, food history events, food films, interactive exhibitions, one-off delicacies to sample and local restaurant tasting menus and we expect that similar events will take place in 2013.

        The main festival event always features a live cookery theatre, farmers market, producers tent as well as lively beer and cider tent with live music. We hope that’s helpful, sorry to not have more information to give you at this stage – but please stay posted.

  17. Hi!

    Please would you tell me how much it is to book a stand at the Food Festival?
    It sounds great and I would really like to attend, but a novice at this so any advice gratefully received!

    Many thanks!

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  20. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  21. Hi Food Festival

    I’m interested to know more about what’s happening on the Feast Night. Are there any more details yet please? Thanks Linda

  22. How can one apply for a stand or contact you?

  23. Always one of the very best Food Festivals around – we look forward to taking our stand with Dorset Farmers Market at the fabulous Bridport Food Festival 2013. Lots of charcuterie made here in West Dorset

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