Dorset Food and Arts Festival 2019 is back again to champion the best of Dorset, and this year promises to showcase a bumper crop of produce and culinary talent.

food-festival-hires-0778-420x250The 7th annual Festival, held as always on the Saturday closest to the late Queen Mother’s birthday, follows the successful pattern of previous years.

There will be more than 50 local food and drink stalls, including the regular Poundbury Dorset Farmers’ Market stall holders, music by local singers and groups all day and demonstrations by food experts and chefs.

There will also be a return of the popular butchery demonstration, this year by Poundbury’s own Brace of Butchers.

From the start, the festival was generously supported by the Duchy of Cornwall, and sponsored by local businesses, including Waitrose, which has a store on Queen Mother Square, and Hall & Woodhouse, which has the new Duchess of Cornwall Inn on the Square. This year the festival will be open from 9am to 5pm on 3 August.

Meanwhile on 12-14 July, Dorset Street Food Festival will return to Lyme Regis for another sell-out, glorious weekend of fantastic food and delicious drinks.

The festival runs from noon-10pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon – 8pm on Sunday. Expect all the smells, tastes and fun of last year, but even bigger and better.

With an outstanding array of different food on offer, from fresh stone-baked pizza to gooey gourmet Mac ’n’ Cheese, to sugary doughy Churros, to crispy Arancini balls, come and enjoy a range of mouth-watering food from all over the world alongside an ice-cold pint of beer or fresh zesty Mojito.

And on 14 September the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary. With more than 80 food producers, an array of craft exhibitors and a full entertainment programme including live music, children’s entertainment and cooking demonstrations, there really is something for the whole family.

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