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Check in here for more news about DorsetFest acts, stalls and anything else we can think of that you may find of use. Please feel free to contact us if there's anything you'd like us to include.

By DorsetFest, Apr 22 2017 04:00AM

"Baking was just a hobby at home, I would make bread for the family; then they and friends encouraged me to try and make a living from it." said Chris Wakely in a recent Blackmore Vale article

After going a couple of courses at Panary at Cann Mills to learn more about fermentation and technique, Chris started supplying local shops from his kitchen at home, but needed more space, resulting in a move to Holwell Farm, Cranborne.

The core of the business and priorities is on real and wholesome breads, fermented for much longer than conventional bread to give a much tastier, healthier and more enjoyable product.

"Sourdough is my top seller and has been from day one," said Chris.

"People are seeking out proper craft bread now it's well known that anything fermented for longer is better for the stomach.

"Harmful glutens are broken down or reduced until they are virtually harmless. Even when dry, these breads make excellent toast, breadcrumbs, croutons etc."

Chris will be serving his award winning artisan bread with locally produced Chalke Valley cheese (Taste of Dorset Awards Best Dairy Producer 2015) at DorsetFest 17 as a healthy and delicious ploughmans option, or to take home and enjoy at your leisure.

If you can't wait, Orchard Bay Bakery is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am -1pm and Friday nights for pizza 5.30pm-7.30pm. Find it on the B3078 Alderholt/Fordingbridge road. Turn in at the beer barrels and follow the bakery signs to the farm. The postcode is BH21 5QP.

Read more about Chris and the Orchard Bay Bakery on the Blackmore Vale Magazine here


Telephone: 01725 777001


By DorsetFest, Apr 18 2017 04:00AM

Bugfest is a non-profit-making organisation that holds the coolest bug show where you can see (and buy or sell) all sorts of bugs like stick insects, praying mantis, spiders, snakes and much more!

Founded by Nick Wadham, Bugfest has become the most popular educational visit provider in the South West with many school visits to its credit.

Bugfest also specialise in a “Wild and Deadly” style show which can be brought to you. Whether a birthday party or a festival, Bugfest allows you to get close to some of those creatures that can send shudders through you in a safe, educational and fun manner.

A handful of photos from DorsetFest 2016
A handful of photos from DorsetFest 2016

At DorsetFest 17 you'll be able to test how brave you are...!

If you can't wait or you'd like to book Nick and the team for an event of your own why not visit their Facebook Page or website?

By DorsetFest, Apr 16 2017 05:00AM

We’re delighted to welcome back a fantastic Dorset party band with a fiddle twist – Howling at the Moon. They'll be playing a selection of your favourite party songs, alongside a few jigs and reels to get you up and dancing.

Howling Duo - Playing a Jig - Live at The Crown Inn (Bridport)

Howling Duo - Galway Girl - Live at The Crown Inn (Bridport)

If you're interested in finding out more or book them for an event of your own, why not contact them via their Facebook Page

By DorsetFest, Apr 12 2017 04:00AM

The Threetles are a young, local Dorset band hailing from the Blackmore Vale. They started life as a local Beatles tribute band in 2013, but as their popularity has grown, they’ve broadened their selection to cover the hits of the 60’s and 70’s.

The Threetles
The Threetles

The Threetles first came to our attention when they played at an event for one of the DorsetFest team. As soon as our team mate heard we were looking to kick off on the Friday night they couldn’t recommend the Threetles highly enough. It didn’t take long to be convinced when others in the village who weren’t at the party agreed.

We’re delighted that the Threetles have agreed to play on the festival, on the Saturday and Friday night for campers and locals who fancy something from the DorsetFest BBQ and a beer from the award winning Cerne Abbas Brewery with some great entertainment!

If you want to find out more about Threetles, why not visit their Facebook Page or website

By DorsetFest, Apr 3 2017 05:00AM

One of our favourite stalls has to be The Ansty Herd Hog Roast. Their succulent pork and crispy crackling are a hard combination to beat!

The Ansty Herd are doing their bit to keep rare breeds alive, in their case the Oxford Sandy & Black Pigs. Their primary focus is on welfare. The pigs are all free range and love nothing more than a crunchy apple and scratch behind the ears. As they say, you’re welcome to visit them and see for yourself!

To keep the breed going they run the hog roast business for private parties and events. Alongside this they also raise these pedigree pigs to sell as registered breeding stock and weaners for people to raise the pigs for themselves. They also sell pork with the best crackling ever, delicious homemade sausages and scrumptious home cured bacon. If you’re looking to source a larger amount, they also sell half and whole pigs, which we can butcher for your requirements.

On top of the delicious hog roast on the Saturday, The Ansty Herd will be doing bacon and egg rolls on the Sunday morning for campers and helpers.

If you want to find out more, or book the team for yourself, why not visit them on their Facebook Page or Twitter


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