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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, May 5 2017 04:00AM

This is a debate that's even floored Prime Ministers. In April 2015 The Telegraph* reported on how David Cameron stumbled into one of food's fiercest controversies on a trip to a North Devon tea room where he pronounced that the correct way to eat a scone is to put the jam on first, then the cream. This is a point of honour between the people of Devon and Cornwall. In Cornwall it's jam then cream, but in Devon it's cream then jam.

This controversy rages on with celebrity supporters and influential organisations wading in where the brave fear to tread. For example, etiquette gurus Debrett's** say you should spread your jam before dolloping cream on top and a poll from claims that 60% support this view***

So are you one of the majority or one of the right...we mean minority? Either way, we love our cream teas and the ever popular tea tent will be serving delicious homemade cream teas throughout the day.

Lionstar enjoying their cream teas at DorsetFest 16
Lionstar enjoying their cream teas at DorsetFest 16

If you want to avoid the controversy altogether then don't worry. There will also be a great selection of homemade cakes to enjoy along with your cup of Dorset Tea.

A wide selection of homemade cakes will be available at DorsetFest 17
A wide selection of homemade cakes will be available at DorsetFest 17

* The Telegraph

** The Cream Tea Society

*** (and headline image) Somerset Live

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


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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

By DorsetFest, Mar 1 2017 06:00AM

Set in a stunning location in a natural amphitheatre on Bulbarrow Hill, it’s hard to believe that the Dorset Midsummer Music Festival (also known as DorsetFest) was started in 2014. This is only our fourth festival and we’ve been lucky enough to have an amazing line up of artists, children’s entertainment, food and drink. Dorset Midsummer Music Festival 2017 will see us use the experience from previous years to make the festival an even better day out for all the family.

The music is key and we’ve been so overwhelmed by the interest that we have decided to open the festival on Friday night (23rd June) for campers and locals to come and enjoy a great evening of FREE entertainment with The Threetles and DD Allen! The Threetles are a local Blackmore Vale trio who started as a Beetles tribute band, but have since extended to cover the hits from the 60s and 70s. DD Allen caught the ear of James Blunt, resulting in a support slot on the Bournemouth leg of the Moon Landing arena tour in 2014 and has since gone from strength to strength. The bar will also be in full swing serving delicious beer from Cerne Abbas Brewery, along with food from the BBQ and Fish & Chips, so why not start the weekend early by joining us on the Friday night?

The Saturday (24th June) line up gets even stronger. We’re delighted to welcome an old favourite back. Lionstar have offered us incredible support in helping us to get to where we are with their unique style and experience of some of the biggest music festivals in the country such as Glastonbury.

Lionstar at DorsetFest 16
Lionstar at DorsetFest 16

As you’d expect there’s also new blood and this year we’re delighted to announce that we’ll also have Ben Waters and his six-piece band at DorsetFest 17. Ben’s a local musician with a global reputation, having worked with legends such as The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis and many, many more. Ben’s gone out of his way to make time for DorsetFest 17 in his incredibly full diary so we’re delighted and grateful.

Ben Waters with Ronnie Wood - Facebook @watersbenpiano
Ben Waters with Ronnie Wood - Facebook @watersbenpiano

So there’s already a great line up to enjoy, but we can’t release all our treats at once. Why not watch our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts as we share more information on the bands so far and announce more great music for you to enjoy on the day.

We also pride ourselves on being a family friendly event. Included in the price of the ticket is FREE children’s entertainment from great entertainers like Bugfest, Jamie Jigsaw and Hoop On. If you’re brave enough you can get close up to the selection of snakes, spiders and insects that Bugfest bring with them and learn more about these misunderstood creatures. If that’s not your cup of tea, learn a new skill (or just sit back and enjoy) with Jamie Jigsaw’s circus workshops. Fire juggling, stilt walking, balloon animals and much more, Jamie will keep you…oh and your child…entertained throughout the day. Alternatively you can take part in the Hoop On hula hoop workshops to work off some of the great food and drink everyone will be enjoying.

There's lots more too for a small cost. You can release the inner beast with a bit of face painting. Get into the festival spirit with henna tattoos. Or even create that personal gift on the day with Creative Clay.

Examples of the family entertainment at DorsetFest 16
Examples of the family entertainment at DorsetFest 16

To make the most of the day you can treat yourself with food and drink from around the globe.

There's food for all the family. Fresh wood-fired pizza from Forno Pizza. American inspired fare from the Chuck Wagon Kitchen. Fresh bread and Ploughman's from the award winning Orchard Bay Bakery. Hog Roast from The Ansty Herd. Thai from Fai Thai, amongst many others like BBQ, fish & chips and baguettes.

This can be washed down with award winning Langham Wines, Pimms, Cider By Rosie or real ale from the Cerne Abbas Brewery, with coffee to re-energise you from Routes Coffee.

There will also be sweet treats on the day with our own DorsetFest cream tea and cakes, New Forest ice cream from Super Scoops and milkshakes, smoothies and waffles from Mooies Milkshakes

Forno Pizza live at DorsetFest 16
Forno Pizza live at DorsetFest 16

For those looking to browse, we have some great artisan stalls. Award winning artist Marilyn Allis who's featured on TV will be at DorsetFest 17 with her distinct artwork. Marilyn will be alongside other great stalls that include Jillyflower Jewellery, African inspired British designed clothing from Ages Apparel and handmade Dorset Sam’s Fudge. Whether you’re looking for something a bit different “off the shelf” or a completely personalised commission, we recommend you take a stroll to see what catches your eye.

With so much to enjoy, why not make a weekend of it in this beautiful location on the slopes of Bulbarrow Hill? The ground’s relatively flat (by Dorset standards anyway) and there will be toilets on site (though no showers). Whether you’re planning to glamp in a campervan or rough it with a bit of wild camping, staying overnight allows you to enjoy the whole festival.

It just leaves us to say all well behaved dogs (on leads), kids and grown ups are welcome the help us all enjoy a great day.

Tickets are limited for both the festival and for the camping so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on all aspects of the festival you can visit us on:

Alternatively feel free to e-mail us on [email protected]

We hope to see you at DorsetFest 17 for a great family day.

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By DorsetFest, Jan 23 2017 01:23PM

2016 Dorset Midsummer Music Festival (or DorsetFest) was held on Saturday 18th June at Warren Farm on the slopes of Bulbarrow Hill and was a resounding success

A record turnout of over 1,000 people visited this stunning Dorset setting spread out over a site that covered more than 20 acres to enjoy great music, fill up on delicious food, quench their thirst on a wide range of drinks and have a great family day with all the entertainment lined up.

The stages were set up in a natural amphitheatre on Bulbarrow Hill which ensured everyone had a great view of the acts and the best sound quality possible, as well as the beautiful views down the valley towards Hilton.

The deadlocked Devonians Lionstar, back from their tour of India, headlined the festival superbly, supported by a great range of music. This included a great blend of local acts such as Cheselbourne School, Ellie Timlin and St Mary’s Puddletown. There were also new up and coming acts such as Pelle Van Smith, Tapley and Stocker (who had just launched their first album) and the charismatic Toby de Kretser. In addition there were also a range of established acts for all musical tastes including Bare Knuckle Parade, Weymouth Ukeleleans, The Mighty Trumpet Company, Neil Cowley’s fabulous Mission Impossible band (including a guest appearance by Martha Saunders) and Eyes for Gertrude. “There was music for everyone to enjoy and it was great to see the audience up and dancing throughout the day” said Wendy Holden, organiser.

There was a wide range of fresh food from local business that included Thai with a twist (Noodle Head), pizza (Forno Pizza), hog roast and burgers (The Ansty Herd), baguettes (Billies Baguettes), crepes, fajitas, Antipasti (Olives et Al), New Forest ice cream (Super Scoops), coffee (Routes Coffee) and the ever popular homemade cream teas - “The best cream teas in the UK by far!” according to Martyn Callwood of Lionstar. Alongside the food, the drink stalls kept the party flowing well into the night, thanks to Sunny Republic beers, superb Langham English Sparkling wine, Pimms and cider bars. “As this is also a food festival, we wanted to ensure we provided a good range of high quality, local Dorset food and thanks to our stall-holders, the feedback from the day showed we delivered this with almost all of the stalls selling out” said Rachel Bywater, organiser.

Kids were kept fully entertained by the amazing Jamie Jigsaw’s version of multi-tasking (fire-eating whilst stilt-walking on a rolling barrel) alongside great circus skills workshops. The brave allowed themselves to be draped with an enormous boa constrictor or held a scorpion in the BugFest tent. Other family entertainment included a hula hoop workshop, storytelling with Tiggy, Indian head massages from Mellulah Therapy & Yoga Retreats, facepainting, henna tattoos and a variety of childrens games. “The feedback from the parents was that the kids had a great time in a safe environment, all for the price of a child’s ticket!” said Carol Hallam, organiser.

There were also a variety of stalls that held the interest of anyone who could drag themselves away from the brilliant music! These included handmade jewellery (Jillyflower Jewellery), handmade wool products (Dorset Wool), fresh produce (Dorset Riverford and Steeptonbill Farm) and much more.

As if that wasn’t enough, there was also free internet provided by Wessex Internet on the day.

To make the most of the festival there was also camping on site. No need to worry about getting home, just head back to your tent and wake up to the stunning view in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To top it off, fresh bacon sandwiches were available from The Ansty Herd and fresh coffee from Routes Coffee to start the day in style.

With great music, tasty food, a wealth of family entertainment, great weather and a spectacular location – this was an idyllic weekend in the wilds of Dorset. On top of that it raised over £9,000 for the maintenance of three historic Churches of Cheselbourne, Hilton and Melcombe!

One quote on Facebook sums up the day - “Loved it! Great family entertainment. Already planning our camping arrangements for next year!”

We're looking to make 2017 bigger and better so watch this space for news, or like DorsetFest's Facebook Page

An overview of DorsetFest 2016
An overview of DorsetFest 2016
Lionstar Live at DorsetFest 2016
Lionstar Live at DorsetFest 2016
Some of the other acts who entertained us all at DorsetFest 2016
Some of the other acts who entertained us all at DorsetFest 2016
There was plenty to entertain the kids during the day at DorsetFest 2016
There was plenty to entertain the kids during the day at DorsetFest 2016
A great choice of food, drink and stalls at DorsetFest 2016
A great choice of food, drink and stalls at DorsetFest 2016
An extreme gatecrasher at DorsetFest 2016
An extreme gatecrasher at DorsetFest 2016
Most importantly, everyone seemed to have a great time at DorsetFest 2016
Most importantly, everyone seemed to have a great time at DorsetFest 2016


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