Dorset food and arts festival 2017

fantastic day at Dorset food and arts festival 2017 last weekend viewing a great demonstration from the wonderful Lesley Waters from Lesley Waters Cookery School! Lesley and myself have recently set up a pop up restaurant serving street food, demonstrations of cooking and sampling wine so be sure to book your ticket, click here for more information and to book! Even though there were sudden downpours we had a great day wandering round viewing the fantastic stalls. To mention just a few
Fussels Fine Foods
Hari Hari
Langham Wine Estate
Liberty Fields Dorset
Brace of Butchers
West Country Water Buffalo
And many many more!


To book an evening with Steve James and see him use great local produce from such supplier then please contact us 

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Dorset Seafood Festival 2017

This weekend we went to the Dorset Seafood Festival 2017. The town was absolutely packed and the festival gathered big crowds. We tried some amazing foods, beautiful drinks and glorious sunshine! It was great to see such great importance on sustainability including their sustainability awards and also featuring the fantastic Matthew Budden from Stanwell House Hotel who is very passionate about sustainability. I also got to watch demonstrations from the great Peter Gordon and one of my favourite food writers and chefs Gizzi Erskine who were incredible to watch.

Based on the Weymouth Harbour side you were spoilt for choice with delicious samples and fantastic street food from over 100 stalls. But you couldn’t expect anything less with amazing sponsors such as Pommery Champagne, Fisher & Paykel, Weird Fish, Badger Ales, Volvo Cars in Poole,  Seafish and Dream Cottages.

Their partner sponsors also include Dorset food and drink, Direct seafood, Reserve Seafood, Broil King, the Food and Travel Magazine and many more!




The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

I had a fantastic day at The Great Dorset Chilli Festival yesterday. It is held every year at the beautiful St Giles House and Park in Wimborne St Giles. As a Caterer Dorset it is important I visit events to try out fantastic local food producers and yesterday was no exception. At the festival there is some great suppliers selling everything from chilli plants, seeds, sauces and pastes to ceramics, cheeses, james and chutneys.  There is also some fantastic meat products and I want to share some of my favourites with you.


A great toffee vodka which isn’t too sweet and very smooth.


Their Blonde Dressing. It was very smooth and slightly sweet and had a great fruity flavour to it. It would be great with salad or sea food


I tried a sauce called Beet the Reaper. This sauce is a fantastic purple/red in colour and had a great smoky, earthy flavour to it from the beetroot. Be careful as it has a extremely hot creeping heat. They also do some fantastic chilli oil and a garlic and chilli oil using cold pressed virgin chilli oils. These would be fantastic to use for cooking and in dressings

The Cherry Tree-

A fantastic company from North Mills in Dorset with so many great products. From their shop is a fantastic Turkish Delight Curd which was perfumy smooth and creamy. My favourite at their stall is a  beautiful cracked black pepper and garlic cheddar. They sell some fantastic Chutneys, Jams and Marmalades, definitely well recommended.


Dockwoods smoked goats cheese has to be my favourite product of the day. This paired with the beetroot and red cabbage chutney is absolutely delicious. They use British oak to smoke the goats cheese for 24 hours. It has a great smoky flavour but not overly smoky and is nice and creamy. The chutney is extremely well balanced and has great sweet and sour notes with a hint of coriander seeds coming through.

The Cold Pressed Oil Company-

The Cold Pressed Oil Company has a fantastic rosemary and garlic infused rapeseed oil which tastes beautiful. It has great bold flavours and is great for roast potatoes and drizzled over new potatoes or peas.

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