Food firms bring their wares to the Square

June 26, 2014


HOT STUFF: The Mexican Taco Bus represents the Verwood-based firm The Big Enchilada Company. They were serving tacos to hungry festival goers in Bournemouth Square. The 1962 Routemaster bus was originally christened by some young people ‘The Big Red Miramonster’.

Dorset Sushi

EASTERN PROMISE: The stand of A S Sushi and More is well attended by festival goers at the food and drink festival. They source local fish for their sushi.



DIRECT FROM DORSET: Staff from the Dorset Smokery and Charcuterie entice foodies to try out their wild boar and apple sausages and other smoked products they had on display.


Snack Attack

SNACK ATTACK: Visitors queue up to get a bite to eat at the Authentic Pan and Grill in Bournemouth Square.


CULINARY delights from across the world have been sampled at the fourth Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival.

For the past six days, Bournemouth Square has been hosting the street festivals and will continue to do so until Sunday and it has been running from 10am until 10pm.

The world food market took place on the first three days of the festival, but  the farmers and producers market is happening over the next three days, starting today.

Based on a theme of Eating On The Go, local residents, visitors and tourists alike have been able to try out wood-fired pizza, different flavoured marshmallows, smoked meat from niche producers, Thai noodles, Japanese sushi, Spanish paella and Mexican tacos.

From tomorrow until Sunday the focus will be on the farmers and producers market. Dorset Smokery, A S Sushi and More, Giggi Gelaterie, Italian Connection, Fundi Wood Fired Pizza are being joined by Sopley Farm, Marshwood Vale Cider, Oxford Bakery and Herbal Haven.

A S Sushi and More use fish provided from the Dorset coast to make their sushi and as their stand proved to be constantly in use, their product seemed to be a big hit.

Although based in north Dorset, they have cast their net across two counties and as well as the Bournemouth Food Festival, they can also be seen at weekly markets on Thursday in Sherborne, Wednesday and some Saturdays in Wells and other Saturdays in Bath.

Their website has a visual representation of how their sushi is lovingly prepared for their customers.

For the past two years, the Verwood-based Big Enchilada Company has been taking its 1962 Routemaster around different venues promoting the hot points of Mexican cuisine and if they are reading this, they definitely caught the attention of this blog.

The bus services traditional Mexican tacos – soft corn tortillas with a variety of fillings such as chicken breast, melted cheese quesadillas or tender rump steak.

The Dorset Smokery, based out near Bournemouth Airport, was also a popular port of call for hundreds of foodies. I purchased some wild boar sausages from them last Sunday for a barbecue held the same day and I can reveal to them they were very much appreciated.

The smokery was founded on the premises of a derelict dairy farm and they started to specialise in game, meat, fish and poultry.

Since then they have successfully teamed up with skilled charcuterers specialising in hand-made pate and sausage making and have recently branched out into the smoking of cheese.

The smokery has won designations from the Charcuterie Guild, Direct from Dorset and the Little Red Tractor.

Dorset Charcuterie Company’s Lee Moreton will be demonstrating how to make the perfect sausage at the demonstration kitchen in Bournemouth Square on Saturday at 3pm.

A spokesman said on the festival organisers website: “We are extremely grateful to all our partners and sponsors – without their support the festival would not be possible.”




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Rebecca Goodlad July 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Well done on your article about the Glastonbury Pilgrimage. I have not been in years and this reminds me to go.


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