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Food fans tuck into delights at fair
THEY came, they saw, they had a great lunch.
The Eat Dorset Food Fair attracted hordes of foodies to West Dorset keen to experience the tastes of the county.
The weekend event held in the grounds of Parnham House at Beaminster provided a showcase for food and drink producers to show off their wares and to meet hungry visitors and locals.
From tarts to truffles and crepes to cheddar, food of all kinds was washed down by local beverages.
Celebrity chefs including Mark Hix, Matt Follas and Russell Brown drew keen audiences in the demo kitchen and Lesley Waters ran hectic hands on courses and demonstrations for children and adults in a pop-up cookery school.
Local businesses including the Hive Beach Cafe from Burton Bradstock, Ford Farms at Litton Cheney, The Stable in Bridport and Black Cow vodka, which ran a Bloody Mary bar, joined others from across Dorset and Somerset to provide tastings and feed the visitors.
Annette Smallwood, one of the organisers said that despite the wet and windy weather people had turned out in force.
“It was very, very successful,” she said. “We were worried about the weather, but Sunday morning was the busiest it’s ever been.
“The cafe was completely full, with people sitting on the floor.
“Obviously people could not enjoy the outside stalls so much, but within the tents it was really full and we are getting a lot of feedback from people from a long way away saying how much they enjoyed it.
“Every year we try to create real variety and really good quality with different and interesting things to eat.
“More and more people want to know how food is grown or reared and where it comes from.”