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Shaftesbury Festival of Food and Drink 2022


We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful town on Sunday May 8th 2022.


2022 Programme

10.00am Festival opens

10.15 am Brilliant Brunch Ideas on the Demonstration Kitchen

10.30 am Steps In Time Maypole Dancing

11.40 am Shaftesbury Town Silver Band by The Grosvenor

12.00 pm Steps In Time Maypole Dancing

1.00 pm Gold Hill Cheese Race Heats

1.30 pm Mounters Gin Talk on the Demonstration Kitchen

2.00 pm Steps In Time Maypole Dancing

3.00 pm Gold Hill Cheese Race Finals

3.30 pm Gold Hill Drag Race

4.00pm High Street festival ends

4.00pm till late Food, drink and entertainment on Park Walk

Come and join us 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.