The Children’s Marquee at the Bridport Food Festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years – offering the most wide-ranging, stimulating and generous day of foodie activities for kids at any UK festival.
Inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series there’s a marine theme to this year’s Children’s Marquee with cooking and creating to get us all thinking about how we affect the seas around us. As ever all activities are FREE.
There will be 4 hands-on cooking workshops including a lunchtime special,‘taste fish and make chips’ (plus fresh tomato ketchup!) where kids can learn about different sources of fish for everyone’s favourite takeaway and have a delicious communal meal too. Extra food activities will include the popular cycle-powered juice making with this year’s smoothie operator, Lloyd Brown who’ll be bringing his mixologist flair to inspire some delicious drinks. Younger foodies can get busy decorating fish-shaped biscuits from Leakers Bakery and all ages can join in the ‘fantastic not plastic’ art and craft making in the creative area.
Professional artists Michelle Hazell and Polly Huggett will be there to help youngsters decorate cotton tote bags, decorate fishy willow-frame puppets and join in the annual Sladers Yard still life competition.
Once again early years expert Debbie Smith will be creating a playzone for young children with space for their carers to sit down and enjoy the festival. They’ll have use of a little bit of ‘seaside’ in an imaginative sand pit with cooking toys to make beach rather than mud pies.
St Marys’ Primary School will also be there to share expertise from their ‘Edible Garden’ team, including nutritionist Mary Buesnel who is working on a project to explore different tastes
The timetable will be on display outside of the marquee on the day.
Children will also be able to Discover Farming with The Melplash Agricultural Society including milking a cow!
All these activities are free and there is no charge for children for entry either. The Bridport Food Festival wants the next generation to love cooking, eating fantastic food and enjoy choosing local produce.