The first ever Taste of the South festival took place in Poole Park, Dorset, as part of the Poole Maritime Festival, which saw more than 13,000 visitors check out food, drinks and artisans, as well as celebrity chefs and more over the course of this 3-day free event. 

The weekend event saw visitors discovering the traditional, modern and unique flavours, products, crafts and culture from across the South of England. Some experienced the hottest chillies of Dorset, others tasted the scrumptious ‘melt in your mouth’ brownies and breads by our local bakers. There was smoked meats and fish, sweet and savoury Dorset pasties and even goat curry, locally caught scallop, crab tacos and quesadillas.

A key part of the event was the Demonstrations Kitchen which saw award-winning chefs of the South including winner of MasterChef 2016 Jane Devonshire as well as Mark Hartstone from La Fosse Cranborne, Barbara Cox the author of Rainbow recipes, Liam White from Cosy Club, Pete Murt the Head Chef at Rick Stein’s Sandbanks and many more. With VIP guests from the Mayor of Poole Cllr Lindsay Wilson, Deputy Mayor of Poole Cllr Xena Dion, the Sheriff of Poole, Sean Gabriel, and Miss Dorset’s Samantha Bumford also arriving to the festival in style.

Taste of the South wasn’t all about the food, as talented artisans chatted about their products and produce from up cycled lights and lamps, homewares, furnishings, furniture, photography and art, exquisite jewellery, designers and even up-cycled art and glass makers. Also, on Saturday afternoon, guests enjoyed the history of maritime in Poole performed by a local theatre production company, Idea Cabinet and delivered in just 30 minutes!

Looking forward to the next celebration of local producers, chefs and artisans!

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