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EAT DORSET was launched to celebrate the publication of the book by the same title. Initially, just a few producers gathered in the beautiful grounds of Parnham House to showcase local produce. Over the past few years, the Festival has grown beyond recognition with more than 50 local producers from Dorset and the surrounding counties now gathering to promote and sell a wonderfully diverse and highly regarded range of produce.


Children can learn to cook or practice their skills with Lesley Waters at her hands-on parents and children sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning and at her afternoon tea family sessions. See the Lesley Waters Cookery School page. 

Children's Activities including Storytelling by David Lawrence Jones organised throughout the weekend by the Charity, Families for Children.


Following the success of last years' very original and ecclectic mix of people cooking at Eat Dorset, there are plenty of good things to eat at this years' festival.

  • The Hive Beach Cafe's landmark Champagne and Oyster Bar;
  • The Bridge House Hotel;
  • The Symondsbury Kitchen;
  • Dorshi;
  • Jalopi Pizza;
  • Thoroughly Wild Meat Company;
  • Comins Tea House. 

EAT DORSET was named as one of a handful of finalists in the Country Life Magazine’s ‘Countryside  Event of the Year’.

This, together with listings in The Times and The Independent as ‘One of the best Food Fairs of the Year’ has given EAT DORSET an established and highly respected place in the wonderful range of food festivals that take place throughout the country.

Described by The Times (in their listings of the top Food Festivals of the year) as 'more like the Squire's Summer do than a commercial event' ...... 'but though it is rural it is by no means parochial, featuring talks and demonstrations by some of London's top

Chefs.' The Times 


Dates for 2016 coming shortly

10AM - 4PM

ENTRANCE £6    (No dogs please)

Address: Parnham House, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3LZ

Emails to the Eat Dorset website include the following quotes:-

Howard from New York:

"What a perfect English October day. Amazing food in a spectacular setting. We loved tasting so many different and unusual things and talking to the people who'd made them. We hope to be back next year."

Sarah from Bristol:

"I've been every to the Eat Dorset Food Fair and wouldn't miss it for the world. It is such a beautiful setting with so much to offer. A real Foodies heaven."

Joan from Bournemouth:

"I travel all over the country but Eat Dorset is still my favourite event. The gardens at Parnham are wonderful. Therange and quality of the produce on sale is the best that I've come across. The Cafe has a great variety of exotic and delicious food. It's an inspiration."

Carlo wrote:

Next year will be the third time in a row that I have attended this wonderful event. Each and every time I travel to the beautiful and mesmerising grounds of Parnham House in Beaminster (DT8 3LZ), I am welcomed with friendly people, very helpful staff and most importantly a huge variety of utterly irresistible local foods. The facilities at the fair whether it be the toilets, café's, stalls or even horse drawn carriage tours, are top notch. I highly recommend going to the Eat Dorset Food Fair if you like great foods, friendly faces, beautiful panorama and a very fulfilling day.

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