Stallholders

Applications for our 2017 events have now closed. If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2018 festival please sign up to the newsletter.

General information relating to stallholders can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you need any further information please contact us by emailing dorsetfoodfestival@gmail.com 


Exhibitor FAQ

How do I apply?
Applications take place in February/March and are now closed for this years events. Applications received are then considered by a selection panel and
a selection is made.
Stallholders must be producing or selling their product in Dorset. Priority is given to traders with the Dorset Farmers
Market and Dorset Food & Drink.

How many visitors attend your events?
Depending on the weather, around 10,000 people attend the Festival in August. It has grown in popularity each year.

What are your selection criteria?
Our aim is to showcase the best of Dorset’s produce focusing on quality local, regional suppliers and farmers. To this end we only accept applications from food and drink providers based locally and prioritise the independent producers.

What can I do to optimise my chances of selection?
Being concise, give us as much information with your application as possible; focus on whether you grow and/or make your own produce and what you plan to do at the event. Help us know your produce.

What is a risk assessment and how do I create one?
For full information on risk assessments please go to the following government website.

I don’t have any risks, do I need a risk assessment?
Yes, you do. Some questions to ask yourself if you believe you are without risk are: what are you doing to avoid slips, trips, falls or injury from falling stock during unloading and loading; injury due to incorrect placement of your produce, merchandise, equipment or empty packaging, or toppling merchandise, produce, equipment or empty packaging; risk of damage of fixtures and fittings whilst unloading, loading and setting up?
If your produce is in glass, what are you doing to avoid breakages and, if there are breakages, what are you doing to preserve the safety of your staff as well as the general public?


Specific festival details

What are the dates of the event?
Our festival is always the first weekend of August. This year it is Saturday 5th August 2017 and trading from 9am-5pm.

What sites are available?

Food stallholders: All stallholders are based in Queen Mother Square where there is space for around 75 stalls. No motorised vehicles are allowed on site without specific agreement so each pitch must be a gazebo sized 3x3m.
Power is available on request from generators but there is an extra charge for this.

Arts in the Jubilee Hall: this August (2017) we will be offering Arts in the Jubilee Hall so stallholders will be undercover. The Jubilee Hall is next to Waitrose in Kingspoint House.

What are the trading hours?
Trading starts at 9am and ends at 5pm. Stallholders must have set up by 8am. Specific instructions will be sent to you.

What size are the stalls/pitches?
Gazebos need to be 3m x 3m depending on site in Queen Mother Square.

How much are the stalls?
The price for 2017 is £50 for stalls outside and £30 inside.