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Cookery Demonstrations at this year’s Festival on 17 June

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We are very pleased to be welcoming the following chefs and food experts this year to the cookery theatre:


Dan Richards, Head Chef, at the Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock.  His theme is going to be:  Seasonal, local, wild.  He will be cooking 2 dishes:  Braised cuttlefish & foraged sea greens and slow cooked sea trout (confit), salted cucumber & herbs.


Julie Montagu  the Cookery Book Author and  creator of energy snacks will be talking about what and how to use Super Foods in everyday meals, and will be cooking-up a few dishes using them.


Christine McFadden our very own Dorset food writer, professional recipe developer and cookery teacher, will be demonstrating dishes using locally caught fish.


Sarah Ali-Choudhury, the daughter of Rafique and Helen Choudhury from the Taj Mahal, Bridport  who is now sharing her own home recipes across Dorset and writing a regular column in the Bournemouth Echo will be demonstrating how to cook easy and quick authentic curry dishes.


Rachel Roddy, the award-winning British Food Writer living in Rome who writes a weekly column in the Guardian will be demonstrating a selection of classic pasta dishes.


The Craft of Cheese Making with George & Amanda Streatfeild/

Bridport Taste Trail

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We are very pleased to inform you that we have 19 venues this year taking part in the Bridport Taste Trail.  The Trail that allows you to sample dishes from a choice of local eateries and hospitality outlets in exchange for tokens.  Cost of tokens £3 each or £12 for 5.  Tokens can be purchased from the Bridport TIC or from participating venues.   Click here for the list of participating venues and their menus.

Food Festival Week Events 11 – 17 June

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We have a fantastic selection of events happening during Food Festival week.  Please do get your diary out and start planning.  Link to Food Festival Events 2017


Southern Roots Organics – Community Supported Agriculture

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On the 28 / 29th March, Southern Roots Organic will be holding information sessions about their Community Supported Agriculture scheme in Beaminster and Bridport –  find out more about the scheme, how to become a member and buy vegetables from them, and have a chat about organic vegetable growing in West Dorset.
What: Information session and chance to meet the growers

Brassica Restaurant (4 The Square, Beaminster DT8 3AS)
Tuesday 28th March / 6-7pm
Bridport:  Soulshine Café (76 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NN)
Wednesday 29th March / 6-7pm 
The events will be a casual evening meeting where they will explain their ideas for the community supported agriculture scheme in detail, answer any questions about how it works and sign up new members of the scheme to get their vegetable boxes.
Please share with your friends and come on down to say hello.

Southern Roots Organics
A Workers’ Co-operative growing high quality fresh vegetables in Dorset

Business Bursary for Bridport Food Festival 2017

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We, the Bridport Local Food Group,  are once again offering free trading space to new food and drink businesses at the Bridport Food Festival main event being held at Asker Meadows on Saturday 17 June.

“The Bridport Local Food Group is committed to promoting and supporting local traders to build sustainable businesses.  The bursary is in place to give new food and drink businesses a forum for promoting what they do.  Now in its 13th year the Festival has a great reputation and following with the main event regularly attracting some 3000+ visitors from the local area and further afield” said Bridport Local Food Group Vice Chairman, Kathy Dare

For a Bursary application form please email or download here.

Bookings are now being taken for food and drink stands at the Food Festival.  Please email for an application form.

Tombola in support of Bridport Food Market – and the Smoothie Bike Winter Tour!

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 You may already have seen the news that this Sunday 5th February, local non-profit group Bridport Epicureans will be holding a FUNraiser event at WI Hall in North Street, Bridport from 10am – 3pm. It’s free entry and there’s free parking in all Bridport’s municipal car parks on Sundays as always. There’s more information on the event’s facebook page

This event brings together local food producers and traders from Bridport’s Sunday Food Market (BFM) with Bridport chef Dominic Brown of BearKat Bistro creating a range of hot dishes and ‘tasting platters’ to showcase traders’ fantastic local and more exotic products. Local wine merchant Wessex Wines will be running a bar to help wash it all down, accompanied by local busker Mitch on the guitar to give a genuine street market feel whilst being cosily tucked away out of the February gloom. Dominic and many of the BFM traders are regulars at the Bridport Food Festival.

The market is currently taking a winter break, during which it is restructuring its management as a co-operatively run social enterprise to ensure its continued strength. To complete this process and fund new promotional materials for its re-opening in the Spring, BFM will be holding a tombola at the Epicureans event this Sunday with some fantastic prizes donated by the traders – full list below.

If you would like to support BFM and get a chance to win one of these great prizes but can’t attend Sunday’s event, you can purchase a bundle of 5 tickets for £10 to be drawn on your behalf on the day by contacting event organiser Nigel Wheeler of Real British Food

The event is family friendly so it’s great to see the amazing Smoothie Bike will be making a stop on its winter tour. This legendary machine, using pedal power alone to run a food blender, was created by retired local engineer Richard Toft and is a regular feature at Bridport Food Festival. The Smoothie Bike’s adoptive parents, John & Debbie from Watercleaves, will be bringing some of their own stewed apples and Dominic will need a little help to finish the soup, so kids young and along can work up an appetite whilst learning about all the goodness that’s gone into the dishes they help produce. It sounds like great FUN!

Here’s the list of tombola prizes just to tempt you a bit more: Ford Farm “Crofter” Dorset Sheep’s Cheese & Capreolus Sliced Smoked Air-Dried Mutton donated by Real British Food, A bottle of spirit (over 18’s only) donated by Grey Bear Bar Company, Gift box of brownies donated by Bayside Bakery, Selection of 3 pastries donated by The Wobbly Cottage, Premium Spanish smoked paprika gift tin donated by Magic Spice Bazaar, Sweet or savoury cream tea In a bag donated by Ali’s Homemade Produce, Handmade chocolate selection donated by Amuse Chocolates, 300g Gorgozola dolce donated by Mercato Italiano, Pack of sausages and handmade pie donated by MDS Meats, Exotic sweet & savoury snack selection donated by Kenilworth Kitchen, 2 Free Coffees at BearKat Bistro donated by BearKat Bistro, £5 wine voucher (over 18’s only) donated by Wessex Wines.

Bridport’s first Best Breakfast a Great Success!

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We are pleased to report that our first Bridport Best Breakfast was a great success.  We would like to thank everyone who supported the event.  On offer was a full breakfast including a veggie option, toast, apple juice, muesli, tea and coffee.  All sourced locally.

Supplier List:

Traditionally dry cured bacon by Denhay Farms.  Absolutely exceptional.  How bacon used to taste!

Superb sausages and black pudding by R J Balson & Sons, Britain’s oldest family butchers

For the vegetarian, locally made halloumi by Simon Fairlie of Monkton Wyld and sourced from Charmouth Dragon Real Food Shop

Tempting toast with bread from the artisan Leakers Bakery including gluten free

Fantastic free range poached eggs, local of course, from Stephie’s Eggs one of our wonderful Bridport street market vendors

Sensational sauteed potatoes, fresh from Bridget’s Market

Brilliant baked beans, homemade by the team to a secret recipe

Delicious coffee, from carefully selected beans which are traditionally roasted in Dorset and supplied by Dorset Coffee Company

Terrific tea by Dorset Tea, smooth and full of flavour

Amazing apple juice by Elwell Fruit Farm, fruit packed and flavoursome

Magnificent homemade muesli by Caroline of Leakers Bakery, you haven’t tried muesli until you’ve tried this!

Marvellous milk by Hangers Dairy – did you know they still deliver to your door?

Homemade jams and marmalades by our wonderful members

Awesome accompaniments from Washingpool Farm, sauces, salt and so much more.  No wonder it’s a Taste of the West Gold award winner.

Bridport Best Breakfast – 22nd January 2017

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We are pleased to invite you to Bridport’s inaugural “Best Breakfast” to be held on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at St Mary’s Church House (86 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW) from 9am – 12noon.  On offer will be a delicious selections of breakfast goodies including homemade muesli, bacon, sausage & egg,  all sourced locally and lovingly prepared and served by members of the Bridport Local Food Group.

Tickets:  £5 in advance from Bridport TIC or £6 on the door.   Children under 10 £3

Any profits will help to fund the Bridport Food Festival and other local food & drink projects

Winners of Bridport Front of House Awards 2016

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Please find below the winners of this year’s Bridport Local Food Group Front of House Awards.   The winner of each category received a plaque and £50 cash and the runner up received a plaque and £25 cash.

This year the awards
were presented by Arthur Watson.  For over 50 years Arthur and his wife Jan, ran the Riverside Restaurant in West Bay and last year they both received the British Empire Medal for their services to the hospitality industry in the West Country.   Arthur reminded the audience of the importance of having good Front of House service. “A good front of house team is vital to a successful business.   You can have the best kitchen, the best chef and be selling the best food and drink products but if your customers are not greeted properly and looked after efficiently while they’re with you, they are unlikely to be your customers for long”   He congratulated all those that had been nominated and praised the Bridport Local Food Group for introducing the award, now in its third year.

Front of House Awards went to the following:

Public House

Winner                 Jane McMasters,  Ilchester Arms, Symondsbury

Runner up           Marie Painter, Loders Arms,  Loders

Team:                   The Ropemakers, Bridport


Winner:                 Grace Butt, West Bay Tea Rooms

Runner Up:         Emily Humble-Smith, Citrus Grove Cafe

Team:                   West Bay Tea Room


Winner:                 Sarah Puddy, The Bull Hotel, Bridport

Runner Up:         David Crooks, The Station Kitchen, West Bay

Team:                   The Bull Hotel

Take Away

Winner:                 Natalie Coatsworth, Longs Fish & Chips, Bridport

Runner Up:          Rachel Kingston, Rachel’s Kiosk, West Bay

Team:                     Longs Fish and Chips

Food  & Drink Retail

Winner:                 Sue English, Fruits of the Earth, Bridport

Runner Up:          Carl Sims, Washingpool Farm Shop, Bridport

Team:                     Framptons Butchers, Bridport


Bridport Local Food Group AGM

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A reminder that the Bridport Local Food Group Annual General Meeting takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 16 November) starting at 6 pm in the Bridport Town Hall.   Everyone is welcome to attend.

As well as reporting on this year’s Food Festival,  we shall be announcing the winners of this year’s Front of House Awards.   It is also an opportunity to find out more about the Bridport Local Food Group and how to become involved in the planning of next year’s Food Festival.

We look forward to welcoming you.  Refreshments will be provided too!