Bridport Food Festival

Marshwood Vale Cider at the Bridport Food Festival 2013

BREAD, cheese, cider. This is how we roll in Bridport. Leakers Bakery’s 100% wholemeal loaf, a hunk of Ford Farm’s cave aged Wookey Hole Cheddar, and Dorset Tit, bottled by Marshwood Vale Cider.

Leakers Bakery’s 100% wholemeal loaf, a hunk of Ford Farm’s cave aged Wookey Hole Cheddar, and Dorset Tit, bottled by Marshwood Vale Cider.

I’m nosing round Bridport Food Festival. The event’s in full swing, with nearly a full A-Z of Dorset food and drink to be savoured. Bitter by Mighty Hop Brewery, chorizo from Capreolus Fine Foods.

Bottled bitters by Mighty Hop Brewery at Bridport Food Festival 2013

chorizo by Capreolus Fine Foods at Bridport Food Festival 2013

Dorset Tea keeps up the grand tradition of cupcakes and china in their Festival Cafe.

Dorset Tea hosts the refreshments marquee at Bridport Food Festival 2013

There’s fruit’n’veg by Washingpool Farm, home-made crab pate by Dorset Shellfish

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Purbeck Ice Cream, jellies and jams made by From Dorset With Love.

Freash fruit and veg from the Washingpool Farm Shop at Bridport Food Festival 2013

jellies and jams by From Dorset With Love were at the Bridport Food Festival 2013

For those with a sweet tooth, the fabulous Baking Birds are up from Weymouth. There are luxury handmade chocolate goodies from Bridport’s own Chocolatier’s Cafe and Manna Kitchen desserts have also laid on treats.

cakes galore at bridport food festival 2013

desserts by Manna Kitchen at Bridport Food Festival 2013

the choclatiers cafe is at Bridport Food Festival 2013

Nettle Soup by The Wobbly Cottage and potatoes by Bothen Hill Produce look too good to resist.

nettle soup by the wobbly cottage at Bridport Food Festival 2013

potatoes by Bothen Hill Produce at Bridport Food Festival 2013

Karl Bashford, head chef at The Three Horseshoes Inn at Powerstock, is in the cookery theatre cooking up a Barnsley chop and devilled kidneys with Phil Frampton of Frampton’s of Bridport showing how to butcher the lamb they’ve sourced from Martin Clunes’ farm.

As ever, there’s a goodly smattering of tweeds, hay bales, wellies and labradors. The producers here are showcasing food and drink from a roll-call of idyllic Dorset outposts – Littlewindsor, Rampisham, Bockhampton, Halstock, Stoke Abbott, Blandford Forum, West Bexington, Corfe Castle, Broadoak, Sturminster Newton, Stock Gaylard and of course, Bridport itself. Perhaps the most established local business here is R.J. Balson & Son, the oldest family butchers in England.

R.J.Balson & Son wild boar sausages at the Bridport Food Festival 2013

There’s sushi, sausages, honey…

honey at bridport food festival

Dorset Farms ham and bacon, coffee, cake, veggie nibbles…

meatfree martha at bridport food festival 2013

…Cheese, cheese, more cheese, and even more cheese.

Chalke Valley Cheese at the Bridport Food Festival 2013

Dorset Blue Vinny at the Bridport Food Festival 2013!

Woolsery English Cows Cheese at the Bridport Food Festival 2013

Smooth strong black wax truckle cheese at Bridport Food Festival 2013

Oh, and did I mention cider?

West Milton Cider at the Bridport Food Festival 2013

Smoked fish…

chesil smokery at bridport food festival 2013

Alcohol-free ginger wine, pickles, pork steak, Dorset Knobs – a delicacy made by Moores Biscuits so famed it has a festival all to itself.

moores bisuits at bridport food festival 2013

There’s ham, chilli plants…

sea spring seeds at Bridport food Festival 2013

Lunch for me is a lamb hotdog from the Wyld Meadow Farm stand. In a minute, I’m meeting friends and going to the beer and cider festival. Bottoms up!

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