Bridport Food Festival goes on despite floods

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THE sea put paid to the first seafood-based event of this year’s Bridport Food Festival but hopes are high that other events will go ahead – rain or shine.

The storm-force conditions and high tides last Thursday and Friday meant that the Seafood Festival which was to be based at West Bay’s Riverside restaurant on Sunday was flooded out and rained off.

But despite an unsettled forecast, organisers are hoping that Saturday’s Main Event, a feast of foodie experiences to be held on Asker Mead-ows will still go ahead.

And alongside the food there will be plenty to drink at Bridport’s Beer Festival, run by Bridport Round Table.

Festival events this week have included a tour of Palmers Brewery, an Indian cookery masterclass and cider tasting.

There’s an afternoon course today on sweet pepper and chilli growing at West Bexington, a talk and eighteenth century afternoon tea tomorrow in the Town Hall, a showing of Nigel Slater’s biopic Toast tomorrow evening at the Arts Centre, tastings at Felic-ity’s Farm Shop at Morcom-belake and a Local Sustain-able Food Conference at the Town Hall on Friday.

A Big Picnic organised by Transition Town Bridport is planned on the Asker Meadows on Sunday where people are invited to bring along a locally sourced packed meal.

Visitors to the Festival will get a chance to win prizes donated by local food suppliers in a raffle organised by Local Food Links Ltd (LFL), the Dorset based school meals provider, in aid of Children in Need.

Tickets are 20p each and will go on sale from Saturday 16th June from the Local Food Links stall at the Main Event and the prize draw will be at 2.15pm.

The Main Event runs from 9.30am to 5pm, admission is £2.50, under 14s free.

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