MELPLASH Show returns to Bridport tomorrow (Thursday, August 22) from 8am to 6pm, showcasing everything that’s great about West Dorset – the countryside, farming, country crafts, and delicious local food!
As always there are some excellent competition classes with lots of prizes and magnificent cups to be won.
In the judging rings there are classes to find the best cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and, ponies. In the handicraft, home produce, farm produce, horticultural, floral arts, wood craft and bee marquees there are a whole host of competition exhibits showcasing the best locally-grown vegetables, flowers, photography, art, wine, cakes, miniature gardens, etc.
Bakers of all ages are invited to enter the Melplash Show’s ‘Best Cruffin’ competition sponsored by Rise Bakery. Winners will receive vouchers to dine at the Rise Café, West Bay.
Other attractions at this year’s show will include: Billy Bubbles Bath Time; Bubbleman and Bubble Faerie; Daphne Neville and her otters; Discover Farming Marquee; Explore Farming Marquee; falconry display; FB Pocket Orchestra; hounds and beagles; Hurdlebrook Guernsey cows; Professor Crump; Punch & Judy show; the Sheep Show; St Swithuns Band; Sheridan the Sheep Dog; show jumping; vintage and classic cars and motorbikes; vintage tractors; Wyld Morris Dancers; and the highlight of the show, the parade of award-winning animals.
A full programme of demonstrations will be held in the Cookery Theatre, as follows:
- 10:30am – Helen Choudhury from the Taj Mahal, Bridport cooking up some mouth- watering Indian dishes
- 11:30am – Mark Hix will be talking and demonstrating recipes from his new book ‘Hooked – Adventures in Angling and Eating’
- 12:45pm – Bridport-based bartenders Lloyd Brown (Dark Bear), Thomas Hay-Owens (Bull Hotel), Ross Diaper (Anchor Inn, Seatown) and Chris ‘OC’ Kemm (Bridget’s Market) will each demonstrate a cocktail you can make at home
- 2:30pm – James Whetlor from Cabrito, talking and cooking with kid goat
- 4pm – Nick Robertson and Fiona Dashwood from Waitrose & Partners talking about and giving samples of different beers and wines
With over 400 different and diverse businesses exhibiting across three fields and over 50 producers and suppliers in the Food Hall, great shopping is also guaranteed.
Admission is free for youngsters 16 years and under, and there is lots of fun and free activities for them to enjoy too.
A free bus service operates throughout the day from Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Chideock and Bridport (see timetable below). There will also be free park and rides and parking on-site.