Local Food and Drink

Artisan Produce

Chef Demonstrations

Entertainment & Live Music

Family Fun

A Celebration of the South

Taste of the South.

After the success of the inaugural event, the visitor numbers anticipated for Taste of the South festival 2018 suffered and this has left traders and ourselves out of pocket.

This is disappointing for all who invested time and money, especially as the event achieved great local and national media coverage and a high footfall in year one.

Taste of the South returned in 2018 based on the positive feedback and the success of the previous year, with a high number of repeat bookings for stands from a diverse array of high quality traders which included artisans offering food, drinks, arts and crafts all from across the south and supported with a great line up of entertainers, high profile chefs, cookery demonstrations, educational activities and more.

On checking the local area, the beaches were packed, but the inland roads were very quiet, which is why we made the decision to make Sunday a free day. The public we met on arrival and departure were extremely positive about the event and said they hoped it would be back next year.

We are extremely sorry for the lack of visitor numbers. We will learn and develop from this event and we very much hope that we can work together again in the future.

Local produce, artisans, entertainment and family fun!

Welcome to Taste of the South 2018, a festival in its second year that will take place on 21st and 22nd July with a brand new destination – Chapel Gate Christchurch, set in the spectacular and secluded surroundings, which makes an ideal back drop for a festival.

The festival location is adjacent to Bournemouth Airport and is easily accessible from the A338 as well as Wimborne, Ferndown, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and surrounding areas, with FREE parking available.

Celebrating all things from across the South, this culinary extravaganza will have your taste buds tantalised! There will be a centre stage with local bands, live music, acts and entertainment throughout the day.

Local food, drink and artisan producers will be giving you a taste of their local wines, cheese, chutneys, street food, ice cream, and many more mouth-watering sights and smells to tempt you as well as perfect gifts and goodies from the handmade arts, crafts, artisans who are showcasing a unique array of products.

It’s a children friendly event with a dedicated area for fun and games for all the family. For additional information contact info@tastesouth.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!


“Well done to all! Brilliant cross-section of exhibitors. Enjoyed some tasty goat curry and Jerk chicken and some very tasty ice cream!

Great event. Definitely something for every year.”

Paul Dredge

“We really enjoyed the event… good sales and loads of contacts.

Perfectly organized and great staff, thank you!”

Rachel Reilly

“We visited all parts of the Festival and particularly enjoyed TOTS. I thought there was a really great mix of artisan food and drinks stands and it had a real ‘classy’ feel. Probably the best event I’ve ever been to in Poole Park and great for the town.

We both had lunch and the food was excellent. The greeting and security staff as well as the stall holders were all extremely friendly and pleasant. The weather was lovely and the lake in the backdrop looked stunning!

It was a brilliant event and congratulations to you and your team!”

Ian Girling - Chief Executive DCCI

“Brilliant weekend! Loads to see, the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I learnt some great tips about cooking from the chefs in the demo theatre! Can’t wait for next year!”

Debbie Webster

“Excellent. Very well organised with Vendors and Artisans from all over the South of England.

Wonderful food and the best Scotch Eggs and Brownies I’ve EVER TASTED!”

Tim Wilson

Save the Date! (21st & 22nd July 2018)








Taste of the South Festival