Bridport’s lush Asker Meadows were filled with the delicious aroma of great local food once again as we hosted our Main Event on Saturday 14 June.
Hot on the heels of a whole week of food fun, which included the new Taste Trail, vineyard and brewery tours, cookery master classes and tasty tales to whet every appetite, Friday evening saw Bridport Roundtable Beer Festival’s launch and several hundred people thronging to enjoy a great choice of hot food and wide range of beers and ciders.
Saturday’s Main Event welcomed a wide range of Producers from across the area as well as some 5,000 festival food fans of all ages. One festival-goer kindly observed the event as “Bridport at its best” and the happy faces certainly bore this out.
Excitement was palpable in the Children’s Marquee as youngsters created hand powered smoothies, pizzas and colourful biscuits. The creativity continued with a Still Life Competition, which was won by budding artist Daisy Smith, aged 8, from Symondsbury Primary School. Judging was by Boo Mallinson on behalf of Sladers Yard where winner Daisy will be enjoying a delicious cream tea!
Exhibitors created a feast for the eyes as well as taste buds in the Producers Tent and Farmers Market and Bridport Butcher RJ Balson received the Liz Field memorial award for the Best Stand, judged this year by Pam Corbin.
Pam “the Jam” was also to be found in the Cookery Theatre delighting the audience with her demonstration on “Bottling Sunshine”. Rob & Michelle Comins, owners of Comins Tea house shared a delicious range of teas while Jonathan Rouse of Wild Stoves demonstrated wooden camping stoves with the cookery skills of Sam Howe from the Real Food Bus. Naomi Devlin’s ideas and techniques in the popular area of gluten free cookery engaged the crowds and we were delighted to welcome Mark Hix as he returned to the Cookery Theatre demonstrating Fish & Seafood, supplied and expertly filleted by Tim Edwards of West Country Catch, and enthusiastically received by a full house. Special thanks go to Ian Simpson of the White House Hotel for compering the Theatre.
Seafood Demonstrations also took place throughout the day with Dorset Shellfish showing their Crab Picking Skills in the Surf & Turf Tent. Chutneys and pickles were scrutinized by Judge Maya Pieris of Four Seasons Preserves. The competition Winner was Sandy Payne for her Rhubarb and Date Chutney for which she was awarded a bottle of sparkling wine from Furleigh Estates and a tour for two of their vineyard.
The Festival Cafe, run by Caroline Parkins and her dedicated team from Leakers Bakery raised over £600 towards the Festival’s continuation serving delicious scones and Dorset Tea while fellow Sponsor, Palmers Brewery raised over £2,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.
Bridport Food Festival is run entirely by volunteers, with the help of our kind Sponsors to whom we are eternally grateful. If you would like to get involved please sign up on our homepage now and we’ll invite you to our AGM later in the year – we welcome new faces and are always open to fresh ideas.
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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