Meet the team

Last year more than 9,500 people turned up to celebrate the finest produce the county – and possibly the country – has to offer. The Dorset Food & Arts Festival has gone from strength to strength, but it wouldn’t be possible without the hardwork and dedication of the volunteers.

So without further ado, let’s meet the Dorset Food & Arts Festival team:

Christine Walsh

Christine Walsh : Looking after the infrastructure of the festival and sponsorship of the event.

Christine works for the Duchy of Cornwall and is definitely one of our hands on super workers. Here she is pictured with her husband David - who was also one of our founding committee members

Miriam Phillips

Miriam Phillips : Publicity and marketing of the festival

Editor and owner of Bright Daisy Publishing (Celebrating Poundbury magazine) Miriam is in charge of social media, marketing and press coverage and the children's area.

Katharine Wright

Katharine Wright : Liaison with Dorset Food and Drink stallholders

Katharine works at Dorset Food and Drink and is a fountain of knowledge of Dorset produce

Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels : Organises entertainment for the festival

Jack is our resident talent scout and books all of our fabulous live entertainment, he is also our compere on Festival day, you will be sure to hear him!!

Jeremy Board

Jeremy Board : Manager of Waitrose, Poundbury

Jeremy is our "Man at Waitrose" and works very closely with the festival committee on the day to make sure things run smoothly

Fanny Charles

Fanny Charles : Founder of Dorset Food & Arts Festival

Author, journalist and former editor of Blackmore Vale, Fanny has organised the Arts @ Jubilee Hall this year for the first time, and we are sure you will love the exhibits.

Katie Slade

Katie Slade : Chairman of Dorset Food & Arts Festival

This year Katie has been the contact with the food producers booking their stall spaces.

Mark Woodhouse

Mark Woodhouse : Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford

Mark is our liaison with Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, with The Duchess of Cornwall on Queen Mother Square playing a part in the Festival.

Rob Fox

Rob Fox : Liaison with Poundbury businesses

Managing Partner of Porter Dodson Solicitors (who have recently added to their locations in Dorset with an office at Poundbury. Rob has joined the Festival Committee this year and is organising a treasure trail for visitors, highlighting Poundbury businesses.

Camm Manners

Camm Manners : Looking after the infrastructure of the festival and sponsorship of the event.

Camm is our all round logistics man and takes good care of the day's infrastructure and planning

Catherine Lindsay

Catherine Lindsay : Administrator

Catherine is one of our expert team who help administrate and organise us all for the festival

Wakely Cox

Wakely Cox : Patron

Puddletown farmer Wakely Cox is a pillar of the Dorset farming community, taking part in many committees and promotional activities.
Wakely says: "It is with great honour to have been asked to be a patron of this year’s Dorset Food & Arts Festival at Poundbury, as all my previous years experience of the Festival is just providing some of the small bales of straw used for the seating. "
He added: "But as a local farmer having been born in Dorchester hospital and lived all my life in Puddletown and farming the surrounding area, which my sons are now the fifth generation, but also many years ago my grandfather and uncle were tenants of the Duchy of Cornwall, and my mother spent her childhood here on the farms of Maiden Castle and Middle Farm and of course parts of Poundbury Farm itself where we are standing today. I feel I could not have got more of a connection with this event and food we produce and the countryside we live in and Dorset."