Food and drink events in Dorset - April 2017
PUBLISHED: 11:14 04 April 2017
From a venison festival to throwing a Dorset Knob, Katharine Wright of Dorset Food & Drink tells us about some of the exciting local foodie events happening this season
Game on in Purbeck
We kick off our local food festival season with the Dorset Food & Venison Festival on 29 April. The event is taking place in the glorious grounds of Post Green Farm, Lytchett Minster (BH16 6AP) and is promoting all things venison, and the whole local food scene of Purbeck. It’s a great opportunity to try local venison which will come in all forms from burgers and steaks to sausages and charcuterie.
Legendary knob celebrations move to Kingston Maurward
The day after the Dorset Food & Venison Festival, on 30 April, is an event which is unique to the county - the Dorset Knob Throwing & Food Festival. Don’t know what a Dorset Knob is? It is a savoury biscuit, usually eaten with cheese, about the size of a ping pong ball.
Made in Dorset by the Moores family since 1880, each biscuit is moulded by hand and has three separate bakings - the whole process takes eight to ten hours.
The Dorset Knob Throwing & Food Festival, which is celebrating its 10th birthday, has outgrown its usual venue of Cattistock and is moving to Kingston Maurward College, just outside Dorchester. This gives them more room for all the Knob-themed fun such as Knob Eating, Knob Painting, Knob & Spoon Race, Knob Darts and a Knob Pyramid.
Alongside all this fabulous Knob nonsense is the Food Festival where you can sample, taste and purchase a fine range of local foods including breads, cheeses, ciders, meats, game and poultry, pies, preserves, and puddings in addition to chocolate, coffee and wine supplied by well respected local businesses. Money raised will go to the Cattistock Cricket Club, Maiden Newton & Cattistock Football Club, Savill Hall and the Community Playspace and other local organisations and services.
When: 30 April from 10am until 4pm. Admission: £5 under 12’s free.