Dorset County Show 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:22 01 September 2015

A local apple apertif at the County Show

A local apple apertif at the County Show


From local cheeses and ciders to home baking and bowlers, this year’s show is shaping up to be a very tasty and stylish event indeed, as Helen Stiles discovers

Some of the local cheeses in the Dorset Food HallSome of the local cheeses in the Dorset Food Hall

The Dorset County Show is not only the biggest two day agricultural show in the South West, it’s also the best place to discover exciting new local food and drink as well as award-winning produce. There will also be well over 2000 animals to see including many rare breeds.

Enjoy a leisurely graze through the Dorset Food Hall, where you will be able to try and buy some outstanding local food and drink - from a freshly picked Lyme Bay Crab sandwich to a juicy venison burger. Fill your shopping bags with home baked breads, pies, pasties and cakes, homemade jams and chutneys and a dazzling array of local cheeses including Dorset Blue Vinney from Sturminster Newton and the multi award-winning Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar made by Ford Farm who are based at Litton Cheney.

As always there will be an impressive range of local beers and ciders to refresh, and local ice cream to cool off with. In fact why not gather a picnic from all those fabulous stalls in the Dorset Food Hall and take it down in the Countryside Area where you can sit and watch the terrier racing (madness and mayhem).

If you have been inspired by the home baked creations of the Great British Bake Off then the home craft tent is where you will discover the secrets of a top notch Victoria sandwich or feather-light scone – no soggy bottoms allowed!

The bowler hat is back

To celebrate its 175th anniversary the Dorset County Show is asking people to wear a bowler hat. Long before this distinctive hat was associated with the City worker the bowler hat belonged to the countryside. Originally created for Edward Coke, the younger brother of the 2nd Earl of Leicester in 1849, the first bowlers were designed by hat makers Thomas and William Bowlers for the renowned hatter Lock & Co of St James’s. Bowlers were created as a piece of headgear that could be worn by gamekeepers when they were out riding to protect their heads from low-hanging branches. Coke proved their sturdiness by stamping on one twice! At that time they cost a mere twelve shillings. So if you have a bowler hat then do wear it as this year’s Dorset County Show!

The Dorset County Show takes place 5-6 September. For more details visit



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