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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!

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.

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