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Dorset Food and Arts Festival 2019 is back again to champion the best of Dorset and this year promises to showcase a bumper crop of produce and culinary talent.

The seventh annual Festival, held as always on the Saturday closest to the late Queen Mother’s birthday, follows the successful pattern of previous years. 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.

The festival now managed by Dorset Food & Drink. Dorset Food & Drink is the membership organisation for food and drink businesses based in Dorset which produce, serve and sell great local products, as well as those which celebrate their connection to this beautiful county. It’s a community interest company limited by guarantee with an asset lock which means it’s truly not-for-profit.

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.

This year the festival which will be open from 9am to 5pm.

See you there!