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4 August 2012

Tops are back to get the party started at Wimborne

One of Dorset’s top teams will be reunited to create a feast of fun for all the family at Wimborne over the weekend of October 27 and 28.

Tops Day Nurseries and the Wimborne Food Festival have proved to be a winning combination for three years and their partnership is set to be even bigger and better in 2012.

Tops, who run 12 nurseries across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset, will once again be sponsoring the Tops Fun Food Factory, where a host of exciting activities will be laid on for youngsters.

Zoe Griffin, Manager for Tops Day Nurseries said: “We love providing the workshops at the Food Festival every year because it is so important to encourage children to be enthusiastic about healthy food from a young age. This year we are having even more fun, with more competitions, games and potato head crafts and some surprises too! Come and find us as there will be activities for all ages.”

Wimborne Food festival organiser Clare Kavanagh said: “The Tops Fun Food Factory is always a popular venue and we are proud that Tops are continuing their association with us.

“As always, the entertainment will be free but parents should book early for the star attractions like CBeebies’ cooking star Katy Ashworth, who was a massive hit when she was here two years ago!”

The Tops Fun Food Factory is located in the town’s Community Learning & Resource Centre. More information on all the action, a timetable of events and a map can be found at www.wimbornefoodfestival.co.uk.

 

1 August 2012

Organix add new ingredient to Wimborne Food Festival

 The Wimborne Food Festival is teaming up with one of the biggest names in baby and toddler foods for the 2012 event which promises to be the biggest and best in its five-year history.

Organix, the Bournemouth-based baby food company famous for only using organic, natural ingredients, has signed up to be a sponsor of Dorset’s free food Festival for the first time.

The Festival will take place over thee weekend of October 27 and 28 and has become a big favourite with families for the range of fun and entertainment on offer for children of all ages.

Much of that takes place inside the Tops Fun Food Factory, and Organix has stepped in to be one of the sponsors for the venue this year.

Sarah Elmer from Organix said: “Organix creates food by real people in a real kitchen, using nothing but the best organic ingredients. With nothing artificial added and nothing taken away, our food is just as it should be – full of goodness and perfect for giving your baby great food foundations for life.

“We’re delighted to be supporting the Wimborne Food Festival and participating in this important local event. Over the weekend we will be on hand to speak to parents, offer advice and share the Organix goodness with yummy samples for festival goers!”

Wimborne Food Festival organiser Clare Kavanagh said: “When it comes to good eating you have to start them young and children have always played a central part in this event.

“The Organix commitment to quality organic, nutritious ingredients fits in with the ethos of the festival and it’s great to have them on board.”

This year the Tops Fun Food Factory, located in the Community Learning & Resource Centre, will include appearances by CBeebies star Katy Ashworth as well as the normal feast of kid-friendly activities like crafts and face painting.

 

11 May 2012

Wine events promise perfect accompaniment to food theatre in new Festival partnership

The finest wine will be complementing the best food at the 2012 Wimborne Food Festival, with the announcement of a new local partnership that brings an exciting new dimension to this great Dorset event.

The festival’s popular Cookery Theatre, which has hosted star names like Jun Tanaka, Sophie Grigson and Dean Edwards, will this year be sponsored by Wimborne wealth management experts Andrew David Associates, in conjunction with the Wimborne Wine Society.

And as part of this new alliance there will be a series of entertaining wine events to accompany the popular cooking demonstrations, which will be held right next to the Cookery Theatre at Andrew David Associates offices in the Cornmarket.

“We all know that the right bottle of wine can turn great food into the perfect meal and this brand new partnership will celebrate that age-old partnership!” said Festival organizer Clare Kavanagh.
“We’re always looking to bring new elements to the Festival and I’m thrilled that we’re teaming up with a Wimborne business and a popular local group to bring this latest innovation to the event. We’ll be looking to explore the relationship between food and wine and there’ll no doubt be plenty of opportunities to sample some of the finest vintages!”

Andrew Start, Director at Andrew David Associates, said: “For the local community and businesses alike, the Festival offers a great platform to show off the town and we are delighted to support it.

“I’m sure that the Wine Theatre will take its place among the impressive list of events and activities already arranged for this high quality Wimborne event.”

The Wimborne Wine Society has been part of the town’s social life for more than 40 years and member Linda Dugdale said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the Wimborne Food Festival for the first time this year. We will be offering wine tastings which complement the dishes made during demonstrations.

“We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and passion for wine in a fun and informal way and hope to become a regular fixture at this fantastic local event in the future."
The event, held this year over the weekend of October 27 and 28, will be the sixth Wimborne Food Festival.
 

12 August 2010

Kingston Lacy opens up for Festival visitors

Kingston Lacy is throwing open the doors of its kitchen garden this autumn and visitors to the Wimborne Food Festival sponsored by Waitrose are invited to step inside to see what's growing.

Gardeners at the National Trust-run 8,500-acre estate have been restoring the kitchen garden to its former glory and food fans will be able to stroll the gravel paths over the festival weekend of October 23 and 24 to see work in progress.

Staff will be on hand to describe both what has gone into the project and to emphasise the importance of a sustainable food supply; a message which is just as relevant today as it was 300 years ago when the house and gardens were created for the Bankes family.

Visitors will then be able to make a beeline for the restaurant where estate-grown produce has been transformed into delicious dishes to delight the eye and re-fuel tired legs. Many ingredients are home-grown or locally-sourced, including beef from the estate's herd of Red Devon cattle and ice cream made by tenant farmers from one of Kingston Lacy's 12 working farms.

This year's festival, which is held on the Minster Green, the Square, Corn Market and High Street in the picturesque market town of Wimborne, promises to be the biggest and best yet with scores of local food producers signed up for the Waitrose-backed event.

Last year more than 8,000 people turned out to see and sample the culinary delights on offer and organisers are expecting even more this time around as it moves into its fourth year.

"Every year we have grown and it's great that we are becoming more and more popular," said organiser Clare Kavanagh. "But I'm also committed to keeping our focus on making the Festival an event which showcases all that is best about this area - the people, the culture and the food."

Entry to the Wimborne Food Festival is free and it takes over the whole town for the weekend, featuring local independent food producers, brewers, winemakers and chefs, who are dedicated to nurturing, preserving and highlighting the very best in local food and drink.

This year there will also be photographic and art competitions, a Vegetable Olympics and a host of other events, including:
  • Food market tent
  • Country craft demonstration area
  • Tastings galore
  • Demonstration tent
  • Chefs' showcase
  • Kids food factory zones
  • Book signings
  • Story-telling tee-pee
  • Music recitals
  • Street performers
  • More than 50 town events
Clare said: "We're at a really exciting period in the organisation of the event, with new producers and exhibitors coming on board all the time. People can keep up with all the latest news on our website - www.wimbornefoodfestival.co.uk - and can join up to our Facebook page."


1 August 2010

Festival looks for an Olympian turnip tosser!

The Wimborne Food Festival sponsored by Waitrose has teamed up with one of the Dorset's best-loved organisations to find the county's top turnip tossers.

Julia's House will be the nominated charity for the 2010 festival, which runs over the weekend of October 23 and 24 and features local independent food producers, brewers, winemakers and chefs, who are dedicated to nurturing, preserving and highlighting the very best in local food and drink.

And one of the main fund-raising events will be a new sporting challenge - the Vegetable Olympics.

Festival organiser Clare Kavanagh said: "We are inviting teams of three to test their athletic prowess with vegetables and participate in the Vegetable Olympics on Saturday 23 October at the food festival.

"We are rekindling the true Olympic spirit where it's all about the taking part, although winners are allowed to bathe in the warm glow of victory and receive the esteem and respect of their peers. And everyone can compete knowing they are helping out a fantastic charity."

The feats of vegetable (and fruit) derring-do will include a potato sack race, a satsuma and spoon race, turnip tossing and many more, requiring the skill of a true vegetable Olympian.

Julia's House is Dorset's only hospice dedicated to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and Clare said: "Julia's House does such fantastic work in the county with their dedicated, talented staff and we are proud to have them on board for the 2010 festival.

"It's a great Dorset charity and we're a great Dorset event so we are a natural match."

Di Pestell, Community Fundraiser at Julia's House, said: "Julia's House is delighted to be the nominated charity for the 2010 Wimborne Food Festival.

"The event gets bigger every year and gives us a great opportunity to raise our profile at a major local event.

"It is even more special as Wimborne is so local to the hospice at Corfe Mullen and we will be opening our own Julia's House shop, just opposite Waitrose, very soon."

As the nominated charity, Julia's House will also have a street collection, donation boxes and an information stall at the festival.

For more information on this event and to register a team contact Clare on 07989 018114 or wimbornefoodfestival@clarekavanaghevents.co.uk All entries will receive a Waitrose goody bag.


26 May 2012

Waitrose joins the Wimborne Food Festival family!

Waitrose has become the biggest sponsor in the history of the Wimborne Food Festival after signing up to be the main supporter of the 2010 event.

With a new store opening in the town in July, Waitrose's backing for the Festival, which will run over the weekend of 23-24 October and launches Dorset Food Week, shows their commitment to the local community.

Festival organiser Clare Kavanagh said: "This is great news for the Festival and shows Waitrose's determination to support the local economy and the way of life in our area.

"Waitrose has an ethos that the Festival can identify with. They want to support local suppliers and do something positive for the community and their customer focus is unmatched within the industry."

Waitrose has already developed a strong relationship with the Festival, sponsoring the launch event last year and its support this year will tie in with the opening of their new store in the town on 8 July, five months ahead of the original schedule.
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With Waitrose now on board as the main sponsor, Clare believes this year's event will be the biggest and best since the Festival began three years ago. Preparations are already well under way for the two-day event, which will have 'sustainability' as its main theme.

"Every year we have grown and I am delighted that Waitrose have joined us on our journey - I am sure it will be a long and happy partnership," said Clare. "It's great that we are becoming more and more popular but I'm also committed to keeping our focus on making the Festival an event which showcases all that is best about this area - the people, the culture and the food."

Entry to the Wimborne Food Festival is free and it takes over the whole town for the weekend, featuring local independent food producers, brewers, winemakers and chefs, who are dedicated to nurturing, preserving and highlighting the very best in local food and drink.


Last year more than 8,000 people coming to the town despite some inclement weather. This year there will be photographic and art competitions in the build-up and on the day there will be lots of delicious things to eat and drink and many exciting events, including:
  • Food market tent
  • Country craft demonstration area
  • Tastings galore
  • Demonstration tent
  • Chefs' showcase
  • Kids food factory zones
  • Book signings
  • Story-telling tee-pee
  • Music recitals
  • Street performers
  • More than 50 town events
Clare said: "We're at a really exciting period in the organisation of the event, with new producers and exhibitors coming on board all the time. People can keep up with all the latest news on our website - www.wimbornefoodfestival.co.uk - and can join up to our Facebook page.
"The Festival is all about people getting involved and taking an interest in food - so if people want to get the ball rolling at this early stage and suggest ideas and express their views, then that would be great."


21 April 2012

Wimborne Food Festival goes green

The team behind the annual Wimborne Food Festival is aiming to make this year's event the greenest yet.

'Sustainability' will be the watchword for the festival, which will run over the weekend of 23-24 October and launches Dorset Food Week.

"We pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries and 2010 will be no different," says organiser Clare Kavanagh. "So as well as showcasing the best in locally produced food and drink, we will be promoting sustainable, environmentally-friendly approaches to food production and cooking.

"This will include demonstrations in how to make the most of your ingredients, cooking with leftovers and even recipes that take the sourcing of local ingredients one step further - think mushrooms, nuts and nettles!"

The festival takes over the whole town of Wimborne for a weekend and features local independent food producers, brewers, winemakers and chefs who are dedicated to nurturing, preserving and highlighting the very best in local food and drink. The festival shows that people really do care about food, where it comes from and what they and their families consume - with more than 8,000 people coming to the town last year despite some inclement weather.

"As a mum I'm only too aware of how important it is to get children to eat healthy, nutritious food that you can trust. And that is what the festival is all about," said Clare.

And her own hectic schedule was interrup ted last month when she became a mum for the second time with the arrival of Poppy - a sister for two-year-old Daisy.

"It's certainly been a busy time but I'm looking forward to introducing Poppy to some of our exhibitors as I travel around Dorset meeting some of the characters who have made this event such a success in the past," she says. "And by the time the festival comes around she'll be ready for a bit of solid food!"

Preparations are already well under way for this year's event with a number of exhibitors and sponsors on board. There will be photographic and art competitions in the build-up and on the day there will be lots of delicious things to eat and drink and many exciting events, including:
  • Food market tent
  • Country craft demonstration area
  • Tasters galore
  • Demonstration tent
  • Chefs' showcase
  • Kids food factory zones
  • Book signings
  • Story-telling tee-pee
  • Music recitals
  • Street performers
  • More than 50 town events
"Wimborne and the people who live around here are really special and I think this event captures some of that," says Clare. "We have a number of local companies and organisations on board for 2012 but we are more than happy to welcome others. If people visit our website they will find details of how they can sign up."










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