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It will probably not come as a great surprise, but the organisers of this years Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival and Gold Hill Cheese Races have decided to postpone the event for the foreseeable future.

This decision has not been made lightly as we are acutely aware that many of our traders who rely on these events for their livelihood are going to have a very hard year.

We will be closely monitoring the ongoing situation, if we can reschedule the Festival for this autumn we will do all we can to make it happen.

Please, stay safe.

Shaftesbury Festival of Food and Drink Sunday 3rd May 2020

Come and join us on Sunday 3rd May 2020 for a celebration of the best in local food and drink. Not to be missed, it’s a day jam packed with food, fun and frivolity.

There’ll be stalls the length of the town, featuring the fabulous Anonymous Travelling Market on Park Walk, as well as producers from The Dorset Farmers Market and Dorset Food and Drink in the High Street.

Live cooking demonstrations will be taking place outside the Shaftesbury Town Hall at the ‘Chef’s on Stage’ demonstration Kitchen with Local Chefs cooking up an array of very tempting dishes from fish, meat, savoury and sweet using the finest quality local produce for you all to try.

And of course, the utterly bonkers Cheese Races up the iconic Gold Hill! Not for the faint hearted but oh so entertaining. Are you up for the challenge?

Swans Yard will be hosting Live Music as well as showcasing some of the best in local art and crafts and make sure to pop along to the Shaftesbury Abbey Gardens for dancing with our very own Steps in Time.

Come and celebrate the food and drink festival.

What’s On

The Shaftesbury Food & Drink Festival could not be staged without the significant support from our sponsoring organisations. We would like to thank the following companies and organisations for their help