On Saturday 26th November, the Dorset Food and Drink Christmas Fair comes to Athelhampton, and we are very excited to play host to a range of culinary delights and festive foodie fun! Now in its 4th year, the fair aims to be a true celebration of Dorset.
We open our gates at 10am on the Saturday, where there will be also be over 50 stalls for you to explore throughout the day for you to sample both sweet and savoury delights. From home-baked cakes to vegan delicacies, there is something for everyone to call their new favourite food at Athelhampton this winter!
Like last year the fair will be an alternative to driving yourself, you could catch the FREE park & ride. The Park & ride will start at Dorset County Council, County Hall, eliminating the need for you to queue in traffic through the narrow roads of the nearby villages. Buses leave on the hour from 10am and return on the half hour from 11:30
Entry is also only £2.50 per person, making for a fantastically good value day out which is open to all.
The £2.50 Entry also includes access to our stunning House and Gardens – take some time out from the food tents and soak up the views of our wonderfully historic Tudor House and beautifully landscaped topiary gardens. Athelhampton House is a manor house Dorset can be proud of, and we are proud to be hosting the Dorset Food and Drink Christmas Fair and welcoming you all through our gates!
Dorset Food Fortnight
Dorset Food Fortnight is all about celebrating and exploring the array of food and drink we produce here in the outstanding county of Dorset.
The fortnight starts on Saturday 22nd October and runs through till Sunday 6th November. This year we have extended the festival by a week, hence the name change from Dorset Food Week to Dorset Food Fortnight.
There will be a whole host of events happening over the fortnight all across the County. Everything from food tastings, festivals,demonstrations, meet the producer and even a cocktail night in Bridport.
Alongside Dorset Food Fortnight you have the ever popular Screenbites an experience not be missed, if you have never been before then you must. For a full listings of venues and film visit
If you head towards Weymouth you will be in for a real treat as Dorset Food Fortnight falls within the FEAST festival. FEAST is a 6 week event of special offers and menus in and around the town of Weymouth many of which specialise in local food and drink.
Dorset Food Fortnight aims to raise awareness of the growing number of local food and drink that is produced here in the County of Dorset, giving you the unique opportunities to explore and taste the flavours.
Click here for a full list of events
If you would like to take part and host an event for Dorset Food Fortnight, then please get in touch with us on email@example.com or call 01305 228239
Our first ever Dorset Food & Drink Calendar is now available, and all funds raised are going to two Dorset Charities, Julia's House and Weldmar Hospice. For more information and the story behind this visit https://www.facebook.com/dorsetfoodanddrinkcalendar/
Mark Hix's Food Rocks is back!
Come and celebrate with our ambassador Mark Hix and other amazing chefs and lo9cal food and drink producers
3&4th September 2016
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
A fantastic opportunity to eat cheese ( and much more)
Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival
Now in it's 3rd year we aim to be bigger and better
Now in our 4th year, we will be bringing you the best selection of our members to Athelhampton House. The ideal opportunity to start those Christmas preparations
Saturday 26th November 2016, 10-4
Park & Ride from Dorchester
Over 50 Dorset Food & Drink producers