With all the new restaurants opening in Bournemouth at the moment, its the perfect time to have Food Festival – right in the centre of all the action! I’ve been on the hunt to track down all the foodie things happening over the next few weeks.
The best way to see all the culinary action at a glance is to use a new map based website called Eat Nearby. This is a little project that I have been working on recently and it is a curated map of all the restaurants in Bournemouth that myself and another food reviewer think are great places to eat. We’ve visited every one on the list and we would recommend any of them to a friend. We’ve even added filters so that you can search for a particular type of food or restaurant to suit your budget and its completely free to use.
We have also put together a Food Festival page which maps all the different foodie events happening across this beautiful town so that you can see where all the fun is happening and how to get involved!
Food Festival Hub and Main Stage
Similar to last year, a lot of the fun is happening in Bournemouth’s Square, starting with live demos on the Friday co-ordinated by Matt Budden (the executive chef at the Bournemouth Hilton). There will be demonstrations from many of the area’s top chefs and plenty of opportunity for inspiration.
Saturday sees the ‘People’s Kitchen’ where different people compete in a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style competitions throughout the day. If you head down at 3:30pm
you will even see us Foodies competing as North, West, Purbeck and myself compet to see who is crowned best chef!
Sunday allows Fathers and Sons a chance to cook together in the ‘Kid’s Kitchen’ and on Monday evening there is the annual Bartender Competition. These are all accompanied by amazing live music acts.
Street Food and Producer Market – featuring Sample Plates!
Right the way through central Bournemouth there will be oodles of stalls filled with delicious goodies from Dorset and surrounding areas. This year also sees the addition of ‘Sample plates’ which are priced at just £1 or £2 and allow you to graze your way through the festival!
Check out the Bournemouth Food Festival website for more information.
Good Food Fringe
These events are co-ordinated by Bournemouth’s Sustainable Food City and feature some great offers from restaurants like the Arbour Restaurant at the Green House Hotel and the Urban Guild restaurant, Jenkins & Sons.
They have also put together 2 Restaurant Hops which involve dining your way through a number of great local restaurants and enjoying cocktails & canapés, sharing platters and beer flights, main courses and puddings and accompanying drinks from only £40 per head! Check out their website for more details of how you can get involved.
Throughout June, there are oodles of foodie competitions to enter as Westbourne celebrates its ‘Foodie Heaven’ month. The top prize is fish and chips for 2 people for every week for 1 year from Bournemouth’s award winning Chez Fred but there are lots of other competitions happening throughout June.
With nearly 50 restaurants to choose from in Westbourne, there are always countless offers available and always great food to eat! From authentic hearty greek food to a delicate french macaron – and everything in between!
Street Food Corner
This is a cheeky addition to this blog as Street Food Corner actually runs all year round, but during the food festival do look out for some ace street food sellers down by Pier Approach like Forno Pizza with their handmade sourdough pizzas and cooked fresh for you in their wood burning ovens! Yum.