Dorset Food Fortnight

Once again the much loved Dorset Food Week returns to celebrate the great tastes of Dorset but this time it's a fortnight!

The autumnal festivities will be kicked off by the Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival on the 22nd October and will continue through to 6th November 2016.

Running throughout Dorset Food fortnight will be the Weymouth Feast and the ever-popular Screen Bites food film festival.

There will be a variety of activities and events available across the county - tours, demonstrations, taster days and family-friendly activities. Our members and many other local food and drink businesses will be inviting you all to learn about what makes their business unique to Dorset. You will have the opportunity to discover where our local food and drink is produced as well as how to incorporate it into your life (which is easier and cheaper than you might think!).

Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook  or twitteron which we post information regularly. 

Dorset Food Fortnight 2016 Events:

(22ndOctober - 6th November)

Saturday 22nd October Wimborne Food & Drink Festival

Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival
Now in it's 3rd year we aim to be bigger and better

Saturday 22nd October 10am - 16.30 Cheese and Chutney Taster Day National Trust

Enjoy a savoury treat of hand-crafted produce sourced from the South West served in the gardens of the Villano Café. Produce available for purchase. Booking Not Necessary:

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Saturday 22nd October 11.00-13.00 Sarah Ali's Curry Workshop for Children

Saturday 22nd October Apple Day Washingpool Farm

A large selection of local apples, tastings and apple related products on display!
Plus Liberty Orchards Tasting - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Liberty Orchards will have their Porters Perfection Vodka available to taste

Saturday 22nd October Dorset Star Cider tasting10:00–13:00 at the Brace of Butchers

Meet Dan from Dorset Star and understand how he creates the cider that has been nominated as a finalist for Taste of Dorset 2016. Based on a fantastic apple orchard just west of Dorchester Dan has a fascinating story and you've probably met him before as he's a skilled butcher too.

16th - 29th October 2016 Screenbites

A Screen Bites evening starts with a mini farmers market with several producers offering tastings and selling their wares. Then there is a short film or talk, followed by an interval for Purbeck Ice Cream, and then the main film.

Friday 21st Oct from 6pm - 11pm -  Sunday 23rd Oct 10 pm - Festival of Dorset Beer @ Cellar 59

A festival of Dorset Beers showcased in cask, keg and bottle
Adults only (over 18s - photo id may be required)
Cellar 59, 57-58 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT6 3QF Open 11am until 11pm
No need to book
Free entry, some offers may apply to some beers
Contact Telephone No : 01297 445086
Web Address:

22nd October to 30th October (inclusive).- Sausage & Mash Week, and Down House Farm Breakfast Week

Sausage & Mash 10am til 5pm.A choice of four different types of Down House Farm sausages, and a choice of four different mash's.

Breakfast 10am til 11.30am.Down House Farm Sausage, Bacon, and Local Free Range Egg, with all the breakfast trimming - No need to book

22nd -30th October Chocolate Tastings @Chococo

Discover our world of fine chocolate tasting roasted cocoa beans, cocoa nibs & origin chocolate from around the world. Chococo Swanage, Commercial Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1DF

Saturday 22nd October until Saturday 5th November @Yellow Bicycle Cafe

To help celebrate the best of Dorset food,  taking place across the county for two weeks. The Yellow Bicycle Cafe will be joining in with a whole host of Dorset ingredients, recipes and tastings. Check the link to keep up with whats available.

Monday 23rd October The Fridge, Dorchester

Tasters for Half Term Week at the Fridge , 17 Tudor Arcade, Dorchester Dorset DT1 1BN

Saturday 22nd - Saturday 29th October Tasting at Dikes of Stalbridge

Throughout Dorset Food Fortnight Dike & Son have invited many Dorset food and drink producers into their fabulous shop in Stalbridge. The following list is the dates, times and name of producer letting you taste ( and hopefully buy) some the amazing products that this county has to offer.

Saturday 22nd October - Sunday 6th November Free Cider Tastings

Free cider tasting and juice straight off the press – in our taster room at the Dorset Nectar Cider Farm. When - 11am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the period.  It is in the middle of our harvest/ pressing season, so there will be freshly squeezed cider apple juice to taste – straight off the press, as well as for sale.  Booking ahead of time would be appreciated.
Dorset Nectar, Strong Orchard,Pineapple Lane,Waytown, Dorset DT6 5HZ.
Tel: 01308 488382

Saturday 22nd October - Sunday 6th November @Summer Lodge

The award-winning Grade II Listed Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorset celebrates Dorset Food Fortnight with a  100% Dorset Tasting Menu  See web details to book.

Sunday 23rd October Apple Day @ Groves

Our friends from Elwell Fruit farm will once again be joining us for a wonderfully apply day on the 23rd or October.  They will have their usual large selection of apples for you to try and buy on the day.  We will have other apply guests including the fantastic West Milton Cider with their award winning selection of Ciders.

Sunday 23rd October 2016, 10am - 4pm Mill House Cider Museum

Come and See Traditional Cider Made the proper way on Antique Equipment !
Also ... Steam Engines, Blacksmith, Craft Stalls, BBQ and Dorset Cider Tasting and Bar !
£ 2 Entry Adults / Children FREE -  In Aid of RSPCA Taylors

Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 14:00 - 16:00 Jurassic High Tea

Enjoy a cream tea on the top of Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast and part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Friday 29th October Caramel Making workshop @Duck's Farm Shop

Come and try making some caramel withAjar Of 12 till 2pm.

Saturday 29th October Chocolate Lolly Making

@Chococo  - No booking necessary £3.50 per person. Come and make & decorate your own chocolate lolly in our chocolate kitchen in Swanage, no need to book & no age limits so fun for all the family.

Sunday 30th October at 10:00 to 31st October at 20:30 Pumpkin Carving competition

This year the Brace of Butchersare holding a competition for the best Halloween pumpkin or turnip carvings.
It's your chance to get creative...
Entries to be submitted on Sunday 30th, judged on Sunday night outside the shop in the dark and winner announced on Sunday for collection on Monday in time for Halloween.

Monday 3rd - Sunday 30th October Weymouth Feast

An eight week celebration of local independent eateries featuring exclusive menus and special offers

Wednesday 26th October to Saturday 29th October - A Vineyard visit with wine tasting

Portesham Vineyard  - 12 to 4pm .
Only groups of 6 or more need to book . Cost  £ 6  per person, a tasting [min. 50ml ] of any 3 wines, this includes our award winning sparkling wine .  All wines available for purchase
Not suitable for children .
Portesham Vineyard,Winters Lane,Waddon, Weymouth
Tel , 01305 871444
Wines available , 2 REDS , 1 WHITE , 1 ROSE , 1 SPARKLING
Prices from £6 to £ 25 per bottle.

Thursday 27th October Film and Supper Night

18:30–22:00 Worth Matravers Tea & Supper Room, Worth Matravers, BH19 3LQ
Please check for tickets

Thursday27th October Dorset Cocktail Night 

Venner Bar, Bridport. 7pm Call 01308 422878 Booking Essential

Thursday 27th October Children’s Halloween chocolate making workshops

@Chococo Swanage - 11.30am & 2pm Booking Required £12.95 per person
Spend an hour making fantastic spooky chocolate creations at our chocolate kitchen in Swanage. Suitable for children aged 7-12ish

Saturday 29th October Halloween Night with Cider and Sausages

National Trust Studland Bay 18:00 - 20:00 Join us for an evening of mulled cider and sausages on the beach and if you're feeling brave why not try a spooky night time walk in the dunes.

Sunday 30th October 2016 Pumpkin Carving

Washingpool Farm Shop is hosting a number of exciting, tasty (and spooky) events for Dorset Food Week...

Thursday 3rd November Furleigh wine, cheese and chocolate evening

£12 per person  (7pm - 9pm) Adults only

As part of Dorset Food Fortnight Furleigh Estate will be holding a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting. The tasting will be led by wine educator Rebecca Mitchel, whose twenty years of expertise will bring exciting wine, cheese and chocolate pairings to the event.

Furleigh has teamed up with exquisite Dorchester based chocolatiers Chococo for some interesting chocolate and wine matching.  And cheese lovers will enjoy sampling some of Dorset’s finest cheeses with Furleigh’s still and sparkling wines. Furleigh Estate produces eight different wines – three sparkling and five still wines, including a rose and a red pinot noir, which guests will have the opportunity to sample.

Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Bridport DT6 5JF, 01308 488991
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Friday 4th November Sri Lankan Supper Club @ Comins Tea

Comins Tea Supper Clubs will kick off with it's  #SriLanka and Illana from Hari Hari will be cooking up a Sri Lankan Foodie feast. Call  on 01258475389 or email to book.

Saturday 5th November Bonfire night campfire cooking

Foreadventure 1pm-4pm Booking Essential

Sat 5 November - Liberty Fields Tasting

@ Ducks Farm Shop, Portesham, nr Weymouth,




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