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Shaftesbury Festival of Food and Drink

Following the tremendous event in 2023, it is regrettable that it is not taking place in 2024. All members of the organising committee have decided to stand down.

The decision was made for a number of operational reasons and the event needed a period of rest.

Thank-you to all who have supported this event as either a part of Committee or a visitor over the past 19 years and a happy 2024 to all.

PLEASE NOTE:  No Association should be made with any future similar event proposed or taking place,

Shaftesbury Festival of Food & Drink Committee




















One of the largest one day food festivals in the South West of England.

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.

Most of the stallholders will be selling produce and products that they have produced themselves – you will be able to ask about the provenance of most items being sold.

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.

Most of the towns shops will be open, the majority of whom are independents.

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 do have various sponsorship opportunities available – If you are interested, please call Steve on 07795 321535 for more information