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Cooking with Harmony

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Last week the new Bridport Community Cooking Kit was used for the first time with the Harmony Drop In group at the Youth Centre.  Chef Dom Brown from BearKat worked with Harmony’s members to cook up a delicious shared lunch of Macaroni Cheese with roast veg, fresh pesto and salad.  Caroline Gamble, Facilitator with Harmony, said ‘Everybody was delighted with Dom’s inspiring session – we’re going to cook pasta with pesto together again this week and are looking at booking a monthly slot with Dom and the Community Cooking Kit’.
Harmony supports mental health & wellbeing and meets for drop in sessions from 10am-2pm upstairs at the Youth Centre on Gundry Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  They can be contacted on 07597 379390 or by email
The Bridport Food Group Community Cooking Kit is a mobile resource available for free use by   community groups and schools in the area.  Contact coordinator Ines Cavill from the Local Food Group on 07967 106047 or

Annual General Meeting and Front of House Awards 2017

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The Bridport Local Food Group welcomed an attendance of nearly 100 people to their Annual General Meeting held at the Bridport Town Hall.  During the evening the guests were given a summary of the year’s activities  that had been undertaken by the volunteers who make up the Bridport Local Food Group by Chairman, Jay Anderson, along with a summary of the Accounts by Treasurer, Peter Garlick.   Activities during the year included:  the Bridport Best Breakfast, the Bridport Food Festival, the production of the Bridport and surrounding area food and drink guide, the launch of the Bridport Community Cooking Kit and the annual Front of House awards.    During the AGM the steering group members were elected.  After two years as Chairman, Jay Anderson, stepped down and the new Chairman voted in was Kathy Dare, who had previously undertaken the role of Vice Chairman.

The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the 2017 Front of House Awards, kindly sponsorerd by Baboo Gelato.  Compererd by Bill Davis, the prizes were given out by Sam Hanbury, Managing Director of Baboo Gelato.    “Over 500 nominations from 39 different establishments around the town were received from the general public.  Praise indeed for the standard of service that had been given during  visits to our local food and drink establishments” said Kathy Dare, Chairman, Bridport Local Food Group.  “Everyone nominated and the business they represent should be very proud.”

For a complete list of nominees and establishments  front of house nominations 2017

Winners Front of house awards 2017


Winner:  Mike Reid, The Greenhouse Cafe

Runner up: Claire Harvey, Moore than Tea

Team Award:  Citrus Grove Cafe

Take Away

Winner: Sue Rattenbury, Longs Fish and Chips

Runner up: Charlotte King, Refresh

Team Award: Longs Fish & Chips, Bridport


Winner:  Heather Smith, Pickled Ginger, Bridport

Team Award: Beach & Barnicott, Bridport

Public House

Winner: Geraldine Le Moing, The George, Bridport

Runner up: Simone Freeman, New Inn, Shipton Gorge

Team Award: Ropemakers, Bridport

Food & Drink Retail

Winner:  Angie Dedman, Fruit n Two Veg, Beaminster

Team:  Framptons Butchers, Bridport

2018 Food and Drink Guide

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The “2018 Guide to Food & Drink in and around Bridport” has just been published and is available to pick up for free from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre, food and drink outlets, holiday parks, etc.  It can also be viewed here:

View the 2018 Bridport & surrounding area Food and Drink Guide in the ‘Flipping Book’ format. (Opens in a new window).

We are fortunate to live in an area that has some of the finest food and drink in Dorset.  This colourful booklet is packed with information on where to buy and enjoy the best food and drink in the area.  Be sure to get your hands on a copy of this excellent free guide, produced by the Bridport Local Food Group.

Launch of Bridport Community Cooking Kit

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We are very pleased to say that the launch of the Bridport Community Cooking Kit went very well on Saturday, and most importantly was very well received by those that came to see what we had on offer.  Despite the weather forecast of rain and gales we, unlike most of the Town’s market traders, decided that we would still go ahead with the launch and set up our stands in front of the Bridport Tourist Information Centre.  Alongside the display of the new Bridport Community Cooking Kit we had some amazing squashes from Monkton Wyld Court and delicious squash soup made by Dom Brown from BearKat.

Thank you to everyone that supported us and popped by to say ‘Hello’ and find out more.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Bridport Community Cooking Kit and how you can borrow it, please contact Ines on 07967 106047 or email   The equipment will also be available to view at the Bridport Local Food Group Annual General Meeting in the Town Hall on Wednesday 15 November at 6 for 6.15 pm.  Everyone welcome.

Invite to Bridport Local Food Group Annual General Meeting 2017

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This year’s Annual General Meeting is taking place on

Wednesday 15th November 2017

6.00 for 6.15pm

The Town Hall, Bridport

The evening will celebrate what has been achieved by the Bridport Local Food Group over the last year, and is an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has been involved – our valued sponsors, supporters and volunteers.

We will also be awarding the annual ‘Front of House Awards’ this year sponsored by Baboo Gelato.   Prizes will be awarded to those individuals who work within the food and drink industry who have been recognised by their customers for providing first-class customer service.   The closing date for nominations is 31 October.  Voting can be done on-line here

We do hope you will be able to join us, meet many of the people involved with Food Group and enjoy some local food and drink!

Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing or calling Jay on 07907 844919

Please do pass on this invite to others you think would be interested in getting involved in next year’s Food Festival and activities.   Thank you!


Launch of Bridport Community Cooking Kit

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The Bridport Community Cooking kit is a new project for the Bridport Local Food Group.   The aim is to get more adults and children in the Bridport area cooking.   We believe that cooking is a core life skill and want to give everyone the opportunity to cook and enjoy good food.  The Bridport Community Cooking Kit consists of essential cooking equipment and will be available for other community groups to borrow for free to give demonstrations and hands-on cookery sessions.

Ines Cavill from the Bridport Local Food Group said :

‘Every June at the Food Festival we include a wide range of cooking experiences for all ages –  a chance to learn cooking skills from experts in the ‘make and take’ tent,  the new teen zone and not to mention the popular children’s marquee where we’ve enabled hundreds of local young people to create everything from smoothies to sushi.  After years of improvising with kitchen equipment from home and borrowing from other Food Group supporters, we thought how helpful it would be to have a dedicated cooking kit – not just for use by all the workshops led by the festival each summer, but also throughout the year by other community groups in and around Bridport.

With a generous grant from Dorset AONB we’ve been able to put together the new Bridport Community Cooking Kit – it’s got enough equipment for up to 30 so a whole school class can learn with it .  We’re looking forward to seeing it used by all kinds of local community groups….’

We will be launching the new Bridport Community Cookery Kit on Saturday 21st October at Bucky Doo Square.   From 10 am to 1 pm the team will be joined by Dom Brown, chef and owner of BearKat  who has kindly agreed to demonstrate the use of the new Community Cooking Kit.   Dom will be making delicious soups using locally sourced pumpkins, squashes and most probably  onions from Onion Jack who will be selling onions on the market. There will be  Pumpkin and Squashes also available to buy.

If you are in Bridport please do pop by and say ‘Hello’  we’d love to tell you about this new and exciting project, you’ll be able to taste some of Dom’s delicious homemade soup too!

Front of House Awards

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Baboo Gelato BRIDPORT LOCAL FOOD GROUP FRONT OF HOUSE AWARDS 2017 Sponsored by Baboo Gelato

Have you received excellent service from one of our many food and drink establishments?  Please nominate the individual for the Bridport Front of House Awards 2017.

The aim of the award is to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who work locally within the food and drink industry whether it be serving in a shop, in a food-to-go outlet or hospitality.  The winner will be the person who receives the most votes in each of the following categories:

  • Restaurant
  • Public House
  • Cafe
  • Take-Away
  • Food or Drink Retail

Each winner will receive a cash prize of £50 and a certificate for their premises.  The premises with the most votes will also receive a team award. The awards will be presented at the Bridport Local Food Group AGM being held at the Bridport Town Hall on Wednesday 15th November

Voting is open now and will close at midnight on 30th October 2017.

Voting Form


Oh Crumbs! Café in Bridport Creates Garden

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CUSTOMERS at Oh Crumbs! community café in Bridport can now enjoy a tranquil garden planted with trees, flowers and shrubs. The south-facing area provides a safe, sunny spot for eating and drinking.

The thriving West Allington café, run by people with disabilities, has reached its 25th year. Work on the garden and plans for a big feast on Saturday 23 September are all part of the anniversary celebrations.

‘The outside was bare concrete before, a washing line and a shed with overgrown bushes,’ said Andrew Smith, who worked hard on the garden project and is now head gardener.

The project was devised by The Arts Development Company, Dorset’s home-grown arts service, which uses the arts to transform environments.

Under the guidance of Cleo Evans from The Arts Development Company, staff discussed their ideas for the garden with local landscape architect Aileen Shackell, who drew up plans. All the plants and materials were bought locally at a discounted price from Groves Garden Centre and Fat Leaf. Magna Housing Association and West Dorset District Council also contributed, with the bulk of the funding coming from the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme.

‘Oh Crumbs! is a great community asset,’ said Cleo.

‘It serves freshly cooked, delicious food with friendly service. You always feel welcomed and there’s a great atmosphere,’ she added. Altogether, 17 people work at the café with ages ranging from 21 to nearly 60.

Manager Sue Rousell said: ‘We give people an opportunity to do a real job that they might not get to do otherwise. They gain self-confidence and esteem from that.’

The community also gains a valuable meeting place. ‘We’ve got customers of all ages who come in and have their meal of the day here. They come in to eat and to meet up. Some of them are elderly, but we also get young families,’ Sue explained.

Oh Crumbs! is usually open 8.30am to 3pm Mondays to Fridays. It will open on a rare Saturday for the big feast on 23 September, between 1 and 4pm, welcoming everyone to join the celebration.
13 West Allington
DT6 5BJ Bridport

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.