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Guild of Fine Foods

At the heart of the fine food world since 1995, the Guild supports and promotes speciality food producers and the independent delis, farm shops and food halls that sustain them. Backed by 1,300 members, it runs the influential Great Taste and World Cheese Awards.

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Stalbridge Linen

Since 1975, Johnsons Stalbridge Linen Services has offered specialist linen hire and laundry services for hotels, kitchens and restaurants throughout the UK. Through our fine quality product selection and impeccable customer service, we have been able to stay at the forefront of the industry for the past four decades.

Stalbridge hire and launder a number of high quality products for companies working in the catering, hotel, hospitality and leisure sectors. Our range includes a wide selection of chef’s jackets & trousers, waiter’s cloths, crisp white bed linen, luxury bathrobes, fluffy towels, spotless napkins, elegant table linen and much more.

We have built up a reputation through our reliable, innovative service. Our team always strives to work hard, offering customers all the linen and laundry they require. We are professional, delivering all items to your door. We promise all of this without tying you into any sort of contract.

At Johnsons Stalbridge, we supply superior services to both large and small clients throughout the UK. Whether you need clean bed linen for your five-star hotel or tablecloths and tea towels for your coffee shop, we stock everything you need.

2017 Photos added.

We’ve added 107 photos to the online gallery here for this years Festival, you can see them all here

New Champion of The Hill

Congratulations to Rhys McGrath, our new Champion of the Hill with a record breaking time of 18.4 seconds. That’s 18.4 seconds to run 82 yards up Gold Hill carrying a 25kg cheese. Respect.

Keep an eye out for the rest of the results an images from a fantastic day which will be appearing here soon.

Pick up your Festival Brochure

Be sure to pick up your Shaftesbury Food & Drink Festival brochure with details of all the Live Kitchen times and the Gold Hill Cheese Races.

Are you ready for the Gold Hill Cheese Race Team Challenge?

We are inviting teams to compete in this years Shaftesbury Festival Gold Hill Cheese Race Challenge.

We will be holding races for men’s, ladies and mixed teams, as a relay up the iconic Gold Hill. Remember, this is not for the faint hearted as you men will be carrying a 25kg cheese, with a 10kg version for the ladies.

You can enter a works team, your sports club, a group of friends, or if you’re up for it, join with the regulars from your local.

Fancy a crack at it?

Follow this link to find out more and register for interest.


New Festival Flyers.

We’ve sent this years Festival flyers off to the printers. Please help us spread them far and wide!



BV Dairy – Let us Introduce Ourselves!

BV Dairy is the home of award-winning Dorset Clotted Cream and a widely respected independent manufacturer of consistently top-quality dairy products for the manufacturing, catering, food service and contract manufacturing industries. With roots firmly in Dorset, BV Dairy’s values are based on respect, improvement, progression and sustainability.

Established in 1958, the company received several prestigious awards in 2018 including the Dorset Chamber of Commerce ‘Business of the Year’ and ‘Investing in Dorset’ Awards and the Blackmore Vale Media overall ‘Business of the Year’, ‘Large Business of the Year’ and ‘Best Place to Work’ awards.

BV Dairy sources the majority of its milk from Red Tractor accredited farms from within a 25-mile radius of its base in Shaftesbury. Many of these farms are located on the rich pastures of the Blackmore Vale and the Farm Liaison Team build strong, lasting relationships with the Farmers and help in maintaining their herds of happy, healthy dairy cattle.

BV Dairy maintains the highest standards and recognises the importance of applying advanced process technology alongside a knowledgeable background of traditional techniques. Pride is taken in their state-of-the-art facilities and new production equipment, such as the addition of a new bottling line. The environment is also important and everything is done to minimise the production plant’s impact on the local area. Innovation is provided by a dedicated development team who work with customers to provide the best solutions for their needs and the wide range of products produced include:

Soft Cheeses, Crème Fraiche, Buttermilk, Award-winning Dorset Clotted Cream, Fromage Frais, Yogurts including Greek Style, Soured Cream, Mascarpone and cultured milk and yogurt drinks.


Check out their website at for further information and contact details.

2017 Festival Video

With plans well under way for this years Shaftesbury Festival of Food and Drink on Sunday May 14th 2017 here is a fantastic film put together by our partners at The Shaftesbury and District Tourism Association to whet your appetite for this great event..

Make sure to put the date in your diary and join us this year for what is promising to be the biggest celebration of local food and drink in Shaftesbury to date.



Shaftesbury Festival of Food & Drink 2016

There were record numbers of visitors to this year’s Shaftesbury Food & Drink Festival on Sunday 15th May.  Dorset’s beautiful hilltop town was bursting with a variety of sights, sounds, smells and tastes, and all in brilliant sunshine.


Festival visitors were delighted by the wonderful array of cakes at the Wonky Cake Company stall, in addition to the many other tempting food stalls. Chefs demonstrated their culinary delights in the cookery theatre to a very enthusiastic audience who were all keen to sample the dishes (the two chefs from the new Rick Stein restaurant in Sandbanks will also be cooking at the Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival in October).


Steps in Time maypole dancing in the Abbey Gardens was much enjoyed and provided free admission to the Abbey on festival day.  Festival entertainment also included live music from bands on Park Walk, together with the annual Cheese Run on Gold Hill, which attracted a record number of entries.

Sponsors & Supporters 2016

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:


Tops Day Nurseries is a friendly and active chain of nurseries based across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset.  The nurseries offer a caring and nurturing environment, with child-care to fit around parents’ days, and low-sugar menus.


BV Dairy hails from a farming background, understands all aspects of the dairy industry, and is proud of a strong relationship with the local farming community.  Our milk comes from herds of healthy, happy cows from Red Tractor-accredited farms within a 25-mile radius.