FOOD Rocks was founded by Mark Hix in 2012 to celebrate the fantastic produce that the South West has to offer while raising funds for the Fishermen’s Mission and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Each year the festival has grown and continues to raise thousands of pounds for these charities.
The two-day food extravaganza, curated by Mark himself, brings together the best of Dorset food and drink, celebrated chefs and local producers from the surrounding regions.
This year the event will be held over the weekend of September 8 and 9 and will see a jam-packed programme of chef demonstrations, food and drink to take home, supper clubs and a raffle of amazing prizes from all the producers and chefs. The event is free to attend and is suitable for all the family.
For this year’s festival, Mark has brought together an electic group of well known chefs and producers who will appear in the festival marquee of the upper level of the Marine Parade shelters over the two days.
Among them will be James Whetlor, the youngest son of a former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Ken Whetlor, and a former River Cottage chef who now runs Cabrito Goat, breeding and providing goat meat to some of the top restaurants in the country.
The programme starts at 11.30am on Saturday, September 8 when one of the most respected chefs in the country, Michael Caines, from the highly-regarded Lympstone Manor, one of the top fine-dining venues in the South West, will appear in the marquee.
Other chefs and food experts taking to the stage on the Saturday will by Richard Bertinet (The Bertinet Kitchen), James Golding (The Pig Hotels), Jesse Dunford-Wood (Parkour), Naomi Devlin (author, fermenter, gut health expert and a River Cottage tutor), and Steven Lamb (River Cottage).
Sunday’s programme includes Claudio Sarfati (DeLuca Mozzarella), James Whetlor and Rose Prince (Rose Prince Cookery School). Mark Hix will appear with Ashley Wheeler (Trill Farm) and Oliver Rampley (Altana) for a presentation on fishing and will close the festival programme sharing the stage with Paul Archard, from Black Cow Vodka.
Two supper clubs will also be held in the marquee – the Glenarm Estate Meat Feast on Friday, September 7 and the Crab & Mackerel Supper Club on the Saturday (September 8). Tickets for both events are £45.