‘Shop Local’ is the Landscapes for Life Week theme on Saturday and AONBs across the country will be urging people to seek out the great tastes of our outstanding landscapes.

In Dorset we really are spoilt for choice with the Dorset Food & Drink initiative championing the great tastes of Dorset since 2011.

Dorset Food & Drink have been working hard through the pandemic to support local producers and to help you continue to get your hands on the great tastes of Dorset.

Pop up markets

Their new Pop Up markets have been a great success –this weekend popping up in Borough Gardens, Dorchester and Nothe Fort, Weymouth.

They are also excited to be teaming up with Dorset Farmers Markets, with regular stall in Bridport and other market towns.

Dorset Food & Drink Guide

For a comprehensive guide to the great tastes of Dorset, have a look at the Dorset Food & Drink Guide 2020, which lists over 150 great local food & drink producers. Including cheese, meat, chocolate, gin and beer (and much more), you may be surprised how much is produced in Dorset! View the Guide on the Dorset Food & Drink website

If you are out and about, look out for your local farm shop – in Dorset we have a wealth of Farm Shops, stocking an amazing array of food produced in Dorset.

Taste of the West finalist Steeptonbill Farm Shop (near Milton Abbas) and award winning  Washingpool Farm (near Bridport) are just a few of the Dorset Food & Drink farm shop members you can buy direct from (and both have outdoor cafes too!). Visit the Dorset Food & Drink website for details of more farm shops near you.

(c) Tony Gill

Walk and shop local!

We’ve been updating the Explore section on our website with the help of Dorset Food & Drink. If you are heading out for a walk or looking for ideas of where to go, there are 50 sites on our map with Dorset Food & Drink farm shops, cafes and eateries listed if there are any close by.

With every £10 you spend with a local shop, £50 goes back into the local economy? Local shopkeepers pay local people, who then spend in other local shops, pubs and restaurants – keeping your favourite places open for business!