The West Country does like a food festival and the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival (you couldn’t make it up…isn’t it just a perfect name?) is hard to beat with Morris Men, Real Ale, crafts, test your strength and cheese all on a late summer’s day.
It was a food lover’s heaven with unpasteurised cheddar stacked in a mammoth monument to cheese:
Little cairns of deliciousness dotted here and there:
Our two favourite things to eat with cheese were also represented.
Delicious olives stuffed with pimento:
and crisp local apples:
Of course, apples in this neck of the woods cry out to be incorporated into a delicious Dorset apple cake:
All swallowed down with a glass of cider, a pint of real ale, some freshly pressed apple juice or a quick shot of espresso:
A stroll through the craft tents to watch lace makers, spinners, felt makers and basket weavers at work, before lying in the sun eating pasties and apple pies while appreciating the leaping thighs and enthusiastic whoops of the Morris Dancers, made for a practically perfect day out!
Have you got a favourite food festival we should put in the Fab Food diary?