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Dorset Food and Arts Festival 2017 is back again to champion the best of Dorset and this year promises to showcase a bumper crop of produce and culinary talent. Dorset Food and Arts Festival patron Lesley Waters and celebrity chef extraordinaire will open the sixth annual Festival this year.

Our proud patrons include Annabel Elliot, Lesley Waters, Simon Conibear, Wakely Cox and Fanny Charles.

The sixth annual Festival, held as always on the Saturday closest to the late Queen Mother’s birthday, follows the successful pattern of previous years with free entry for all. There will be more than 50 local food and drink stalls, including the regular Poundbury Dorset Farmers’ Market stallholders, music by local singers and groups all day and demonstrations by food experts and chefs. Celebrity TV chef Lesley Waters, who is one of our new patrons, will open the chef’s kitchen.

There will be a return of the popular butchery demonstration, this year by Poundbury’s own Brace of Butchers. Dorset Food & Arts Festival was originally held in 2012 as a one-off celebration of the best of Dorset, in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics Games, in London and at Weymouth and Portland.

From the start, the Festival was generously supported by the Duchy of Cornwall, and sponsored by local businesses, including Waitrose, which has a store on Queen Mother Square, and Hall & Woodhouse, which has the new Duchess of Cornwall Inn on the Square.

For the first time this year the festival will have a major visual arts focus with paintings, ceramics and photography on show and a demonstration by one of Dorset’s best known potters. This will be held in the Jubilee Hall on Queen Mother Square. There is a fabulous musical line up performing throughout the day, featuring Dorchester Performing Arts, The Poundbury Choir and much more.

This year the festival which will be open from 9am to 5pm will be supporting four local charities, Weldmar Hospicecare, Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, The Dorchester Opportunity Group and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

See you there!