Feast your eyes on Dorset’s biggest larder

Your eyes may well be bigger than your belly at this year’s Dorset County Show! The 2023 Show is featuring a huge, new Food Hall. Stretching 60 metres by 24 metres, this pop-up foodie’s paradise will showcase the best of British food and drink producers, with a particular focus on those in Dorset.

From brownies to beer, pickles to pork, cider to sourdough, English wines, local gins, cheeses, olives and more, this massive marquee will offer a delicious experience for visitors with tasty samples available so you can try before you buy.

Justin Langham, from Langham Wine Estate in Crawthorne, near Dorchester and one of the Show sponsors said: “Dorset’s farming community is rightly proud of its produce. The new Food Hall at this year’s Dorset County Show is an exciting opportunity for us to celebrate the world class food and drink we make here, and we’re delighted to be a part of it.”
Show organiser James Cox said: “Our county is bursting with wonderful food and drink producers and now in one area, we’re delighted to bring over 100 together at the Dorset County Show ranging from small producers just starting out to more established names. Our aim is to put the consumer in contact with the producer and get to know more about local and artisan foods.”

The Food Hall will sit alongside a new Food & Drink Area, tempting visitors with mouthwatering smells of delicious hot and cold treats to eat and enjoy under picnic marquees. Dorset Burgers to local donut producers, this new area welcomes local producers selling food and condiments to enjoy onsite or take home to use in the kitchen.

James Cox added: “This area has more of a festival vibe with colourful flags and live music to entertain visitors while they enjoy a pitstop for a cool local cider or a Dorset ploughman’s picnic. It also offers outside pitches for market traders wishing to sell foods to take home and use in the kitchen.

This year’s Dorset County Show features many new attractions, from the world’s biggest Monster Trucks to Dorset Axemen in action – watching it all can be hungry work! Come along and try, buy and enjoy delicious treats.”

Two local independent businesses are sponsors with the Food & Drink Area sponsored by B Curtis Family Butchers in Wareham (www.bcurtis.co.uk) and the Food Hall sponsored by timber merchants Dorchester Timber. (www.dorchestertimber.co.uk).
The Dorset County Show will be held on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2023 near Dorchester. Tickets are £19 per person in advance up until 26th August. Children go free.
Book via the new and easy-to-use Dorset County Show website  www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

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