Poundbury celebrates Dorset food and arts

PUBLISHED: 12:43 30 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:43 30 May 2014

The Dorset Food & Drink stall at last year's festival in Poundbury

The Dorset Food & Drink stall at last year's festival in Poundbury


The third Dorset Festival at Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, has been renamed Dorset Food and Arts Festival to celebrate Dorset’s creativity and will showcase food and drink, music, drama and visual arts.

The free festival – which began as Dorset 2012 Festival, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics – is supported by Dorset Food & Drink, Dorset Farmers’ Markets and the Duchy of Cornwall at Poundbury, and is planned for Saturday 2nd August, the weekend closest to the late Queen Mother’s birthday.

As well as local food producers from Dorset Farmers’ Market and members of Dorset Food & Drink, this year’s festival will feature the New Hardy Players, the Dorchester Community Play, music from soprano Charlotte Hewitt, Dorchester’s Drummer Hodge and Screen Bites, Dorset’s food and film festival. Blandford brewers Hall & Woodhouse will run a bar, and there will be demonstrations by Dorset’s leading chefs in the Dorset Farmers’ Market mobile kitchen. Plus Dorset Magazine will be there to join in the celebrations as the festival’s media sponsor. Funds raised at the event will go to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. Entry and parking are free, but visitors are encouraged to use the park and ride from Dorchester. To find out more or to take part in the festival as a musician or artist contact Christine Walsh at the Duchy office, cwalsh@duchyofcornwall.org or call 01305 250533.

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