THERE’S lots on offer for foodies as the festival season kick starts this weekend.

Organisers of the Dorset Food and Drink Fair say the weather forecast is looking settled for the event at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens this Saturday, April 20.

It will be the perfect opportunity and location to sample and shop the wide selection of delicious produce the county has to offer.

This event on Easter Saturday celebrates distinctively Dorset produce.

Whether you prefer savoury foods or a sweet treat, you can spend the day sampling Dorset’s delights and choosing from the stalls of over 30 local merchants, all members of Dorset Food & Drink.

With a great range of Dorset produce from preserves, cheeses, chocolate, artisan bakeries, and great home-grown meats, as well as spirits and wines – many of them widely acclaimed and award-winning, you will not want to miss out.

There’s plenty of choice for vegetarians, vegans and gluten avoiders and many tempting treats for the Easter season.

It’s the perfect chance to try something new and explore the great range that Dorset has on offer.

A spokesman for the event said: “Entrance to the food fair lets you into the amazing gardens too: perfect to stroll round whilst enjoying something delicious and listening to some local music, and alongside the fair in the pavilion there will be chef demonstrations from many local food & drink talents, including Sally of Sally’s Fish Camp, Rob Scott of Brown Goose Catering and other demonstrations including cocktail making and vegan for all to enjoy.”

The Food & Drink Fair takes place at Abbotsbury Gardens and is open from 10am - 4pm.

Entry costs £6 per adult and is free for those aged under 16. Pre-book online at and only pay £5.

Entry includes access to the Subtropical Gardens (normally £12.50).