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Best tastes of the county
THERE’S the chance to find out exactly what Dorset tastes like when Eat Dorset returns this weekend weekend.
Foodies from across the country are expected to home in on Parnham House when the popular festival returns for its seventh year.
Chefs demonstrating their skills will include Mark Hix and his award winning head chef from the Oyster & Fish House, former Beaminster restaurateur and Masterchef winner Mat Follas and Michelin-starred Russell Brown from Sienna in Dorchester.
Following the great success of her pop-up school last year, West Dorset-based Lesley Waters will be running courses and demo sessions throughout the weekend.
Gideon Hitchin formerly of River Cottage, now with his own Bridport catering business and Aidan Chapman, master baker from The Phoenix Bakery in Weymouth, will also be at the event.
The Hive Beach Cafe from Burton Bradstock returns with its popular champagne and oyster bar and will also be running a creperie.
The Tickled Pig, from Wimborne whose hangi lamb was a highlight last year, will be building the fire pit again this year, burying spiced lamb and slow roasting it under the ground.
They are also roasting spatchcocked pig on an open fire.
Sturminster Newton-based Comins Tea House will be doing tea tastings and Beaminster’s own Bridge House Hotel is cooking slow roasts and autumn soups.
The Stables Cider Bar from Bridport and The Larder House Black Cow Bloody Mary Bar are both new to Eat Dorset this year.
Organiser Annette Smallwood said: “Great produce, a fantastic selection of things to eat, great chefs to watch and classes to join, puts Eat Dorset in the top tier of food events.”
It is open from 10am to 4pm each day in the deer park and grounds at Parnham. Entrance £6 (children under 16 free). Free parking, no dogs allowed. More information eastdorsetfoodfair.co.uk
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