A popular festival will go ahead despite forecasted rain.

Organisers have confirmed that the Bridport Food Festival and Beer Festival which started today will go ahead despite forecasted heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 11am to 11pm, whilst the Food Festival will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 9.30am to 5pm. The venue for both events is Askers Meadow.

Around 70 beers and 50 ciders will be on offer at the beer festival, with lager, cocktails, wine, and Pimm's also available throughout the days.

 On Saturday, there will be a DJ between 5pm to 8pm before Double D Jr will take over the stage from 8pm to 11pm

At the food festival, guests will be able to enjoy a line-up of talks and food from chefs at the cookery theatre, featuring Ukrainian cuisine from Olya of Zhiva Authentica, treats from Summer Lodge, Andy Tyrell from Soulshine Café, the Taj Mahal in Bridport, and Valentine Warner.

There will also be the Young Cooks’ Festival Kitchen, which will feature free drop-in activities, including a breakfast smoothie presentation, a Dorset Kebab session and food-themed art making.

During the weekend there will also be a number of talks from local food producers and community groups sharing their stories.

Bridport Town Council have partnered with the organisers to bring the Bridport Food Matters tent at the festival.  Attendees can expect to participate in a wide range of exciting activities, such as 'design your ideal community food hub' and pop-up cooking experiences. The marquee will be a space for discussion on the recently released "Food Security Plan", what it is, what are the priorities, and how the public can get involved. 

Bridport Round Table supports local events and charities, and the beer festival is its biggest fundraising event of the year.

Proceeds from the festival go directly to supporting those in the local community who require assistance the most, and who often cannot get the help they need elsewhere.

Tickets are £3.50 in advance, or £5 on the day. 

To keep updated with the festivals, visit the Bridport Food Festival Facebook page.

For more information on the beers available, visit https://bridportbeerfest.co.uk/