Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Best Food Event
PUBLISHED: 08:57 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:39 07 October 2016
This new category celebrated the increasing popularity of food events and festivals around the county which champion our local produce and have put the county on the UK food map. Here we announce Dorset Magazine’s Best Food Event 2016
This annual food festival has been going for well over a decade and is one of the most popular food events on the West Dorset calendar. Readers loved the tastings and workshops that run throughout the week leading up to the combined food and beer festival, showcasing local producers and great street food as well as educating the public about Dorset’s food, farming and fishing. “It is packed with local producers selling the most wonderful tasting products, cooking demonstrations from Dorset-based chefs and a superb local beer tent. I defy anyone not to partake of a few glasses in there!” declared one reader.
Although the Highcliffe Revival Food Festival has only been running for two years our readers were impressed by the wide range of stalls selling local food and drink and its warm friendly atmosphere. This year’s event included a Japanese tea tasting, TV chef Valentine Warner creating dishes from sustainable seasonal ingredients, a kids’ cookery workshop and the fiercely fought Great Highcliffe Baking Competition. Readers described this festival as “a brilliant community event celebrating the very best of our local food and eateries, something Highcliffe can be proud of.”
And the winner is…
Situated in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, Sturminster Newton was referred to by Thomas Hardy as ‘The vale of little dairies’ so it’s a fitting location to host this annual celebration of regional cheeses. The first Cheese Festival was held in 1999 and since then this charity fundraising event, has gone from strength to strength. This year’s festival, held at The Exchange, featured around 90 food and drink producers, showcasing the best produce and specifically cheese from Dorset and the South West. “This wonderful local festival is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who bring together the best food and drink producers from Dorset– it is the perfect weekend.” declared one of our readers.
Best Food Event of the Year was sponsored by Dorset Food & Drink