Festival Week Events

Posted on May 12, 2016


We have a fabulous list of events happening during food festival week.

Sunday 12 June

“Right Royal BBQ”  on the lawns of the Riverside Restaurant, West Bay DT6 4EZ to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday  11.30am – 4pm  FREE admission

Fresh shellfish & fish cooked on the barbecue and lots of family fun to enjoy.

Sunday 12 to Saturday 18

Festival High Tea at the Bridge House Beaminster, DT8 3AY 01308 862200

The three-course high tea is priced at £10 per person (includes tea/coffee) or sweet treats at £2.50 per dish, served all day and everyday throughout the festival week. No reservation required, just turn up and enjoy!

Bridport & surrounding area Taste Trail – Your opportunity to sample dishes from many of our local eateries.  The process is simple, you buy Taste Trail Tokens and you take the tokens to participating food and drink venues where you can trade them in for sample dishes.  This allows you to try out loads of venues in a short period of time and really get a taste of Bridport and the surrounding area.

£3 for a single token  or £12 for a strip of 5 tokens

As well as your tokens you will get a handy map of participating venues to help you find your way around as well as information about what dishes will be available at the various venues.

Tokens are available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. Participating venues will have a small number of tokens for purchase during the event in case you run out on your way around. The list of participating venues and their menus will be published nearer the time.

Monday 13 to Friday 17:

FREE Tours of Palmers Brewery.  Starting at 11 am prompt.  Bookings to be made via Bridport Tourist Information Centre only

Tuesday 14 June

Tours of Leakers Bakery,  29 East Street DT6 3JX

Baker Owner Caroline Parkins will be welcoming groups of 8 for a tour of the bakery. Cost £5 including refreshments (all proceeds going to the Bridport Food Festival).  Tours of the bakery will take place at 9am and 11am.   To book call the shop 01308 423296

Indian Cookery Master Class Taj Mahal Restaurant, East Street DT6 3LF 2pm – 4pm
Helen Choudhury, joint owner and chef,  will show attendees how to prepare a 3‐course authentic Indian meal.  After  learning how to cook the meal you will sit down and enjoy the dishes prepared.

Cost £25 per person (limited to 8 people).  To book contact Helen Choudhury on 01308 421000 or 07772 161340

FREE Food Quiz and Tasting RopeMakers, West Street DT6 3QP 6.30 pm Food Tastings, 8pm Food Quiz

This has become a very popular event during the Food Festival Week so early arrival is recommended.

5 course Tasting menu with Sake presented by Shirley Booth, President of British Sake Association at Dorshi Restaurant, Bartholomews Hall, 6 Chancery Lane DT6 3PX

A journey through sake from sparkling to aged. Delicate pairings of sake and ceviche to more robust one like warm sake and dark roast pork belly noodles.

£40 per person for 5 course dinner and drinks  Call 01308 423221 to book or email bookdorshi@gmail.com

Wednesday 15 June

Furleigh Estate Vineyard and Winery Tour & Tasting Salway Ash DT6 5JF  starting at 2.30 pm Cost £10 per person

The tour will last approximately 90 minutes and includes a guided tour of the vineyard and winery where you will hear about how their award winning still and sparkling wines are made. The tour finishes at the Cellar Door with a tasting of three of their still and sparkling wines.

To book call 01308 488991 or email info@furleighestate.co.uk

A Dorset inspired Night of Moules frites & Steak frites at the Bull Hotel, 34 East Street, DT6 3LF

A choice of Moules frites or Steak frites with a free small glass of wine, beer or cider, then up to the Venner bar for a deal on Dorset’s finest Mojito and other locally inspired classic cocktails.

£12 pp Moules Frites; £13pp Steak Frites Booking recommended.  To book call 01308 422878

Cheese night @ the RopeMakers, East Street starting at 8pm

A tasting of six Dorset cheeses with tasting notes and drink suggestions. Cost £5 per person

To book ring  01308 421255

Thursday 16 June

Screenbites at Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport DT6 3NR

7 pm doors open for food producers’ market; 8 pm film starts

A signature mini market with some of the area’s wonderful artisan producers followed by the delightful French comedy film, Comme Un Chef.  If you are baffled by the appeal of molecular gastronomy and suspect that it’s all smoke and mirrors, you will love this film! Expect a delicious range of tastings from regular Screen Bites producers from the Bridport area and book your tickets via the Arts Centre. Price £7 per person £5 for members

Wine tasting with Morrish & Banham at Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RB  starting at 7pm

The Tasting will be titled “New New Zealanders!” and will highlight the excellent new wines from New Zealand.   Canapés with a distinctly English flavour will be served on arrival by the Seaside Boarding House team  Price £20 per person

Friday 17 June

Queen’s Garden Party at St. Mary’s School Edible Garden, Skilling Hill  DT6 5LA  3.30pm – 5.30 pm (FREE admission)

The school  will be showcasing all its best outdoor things to the public – especially the growing of food and healthy school meals. The public is invited to look around the raised beds and poly tunnels, as well as tasting foods and drinks made by the school community.  There will be celebrations for the Queens’s 90th birthday –  singing, dancing and competitions includinga healthy cake for the Queen, best pupils dressed as a Royal and designing an accessory for corgi/or Queen.

Local Producers’ Dinner, Sladers Yard, West Bay DT6 4EL  7.30pm

Four of Sladers Yard’s  most fascinating local suppliers will come and present their produce which the the chef will include in a wonderful three-course dinner.  Suppliers to include Baboo Gelato who are new makers of gelato and sorbet made from local ingredients based near Netherbury and the acclaimed Burrow Hill Cider who have been making their delicious cider and cider brandy using age-old traditional methods for many years.

Tickets for three-course dinner and speakers £30 a head.  (Drinks not included).  To book phone 01308 459511

Friday night is also the start of the RoundTable’s Beer Festival on Asker Meadows starting at 6.30pm

Saturday June 18 at 9 am the Festival’s main event starts at Asker Meadows

This really is a week to be in town.  Visit www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk  or follow us on twitter or facebook to keep up to date with what is happening.