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Food and drink

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Did you know that some food items are unique to Dorset?  Do you know what these are; and have you ever tried them?

Dorset Blue Vinney – a traditional blue cheese made near Sturminster Newton.  It has been awarded Protected Geographical Status – meaning only cheese originating from Dorset may use the name.

Dorset Knobs – these are a unique savoury biscuit made by the Moores family in Dorset since 1880.  Each biscuit is individually moulded by hand and has three separate bakings lasting a total of four hours. They are often bought by visitors as gifts, and so sold in gift shops and grocery shops across the county.  Locals also enjoy them – but mostly by throwing them in competition!

Dorset Apple Cake is a traditional form of spiced cake.  It is available in many tea rooms across the county, all of whom will have a their own version of the recipe.  It often accompanies a cream tea, also served widely in Dorset (although originating in Devon and Cornwall).

If your visitors are interested in food, festivals are a great way to enjoy it.  Here are some of the bigger events across the county:

At the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival visitors can sample seafood and champagne on the waterfront at Weymouth.

The Christchurch Wine and Food Festival is another annual foodfest in the east of the county, held over a weekend in May, but with local businesses staging events throughout May.  The Festival holds many different trails such as a Coffee & Cake Trail; a Cocktail Trail and a Real Ale Trail.

The Shaftesbury Festival  is held at the end of May and includes cookery demonstrations from local chefs, live music, street entertainment and the very popular Gold Hill Cheese Runs……

There is a famous cheese festival in Sturminster Newton, held each year in September.  It includes craft stalls, children’s entertainment, a real ale tent and live music.