THE 2012 Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival will open this Friday.
It is predicted that throughout the 10 days of the festival an estimated 60,000 people will visit.
The key to the event is variety with individual events taking place in bars and restaurants across Dorset to the Farmers and Producers Market and the Food and Drink Market.
There’s also a Food Demonstration Kitchen and a new addition in the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival Live.
Festival director Patrick Marmion said: “It is aimed at families, to attract them into Bournemouth, and to encourage food tourists to come and see what the local food producers, restaurants and hotels have to offer.”
He added: “The idea is to build it up each year, so that people will make it an occasion to come down to Bournemouth and stay in a hotel to specifically visit it.
“It’s about local produce and local people, because Bournemouth has such amazing food to offer.
“Bournemouth Beach is brilliant as it attracts people to come down for staycation, but it has a problem in that in terms of the night time economy, after about 5pm-6pm, there is less to do and particularly so for families.
“We’re not in competition with other food festivals, we want to work alongside them.
“I’m really looking forward to two things in particular, the Food Demonstration Kitchen, as we have all types of people going to be there, from the executive chef at La Tasca, to chefs from local cookery schools.
“I’m also looking forward to the last day, the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival Live, where they will serve real beers and ales, and it kind of utilises the space that the Triangle was designed for.
“We’re making a commitment to say that if people come down to the Festival Live, we’ll make it an even bigger and better event in the future.
“All the chefs who will be doing demos and holding stalls, really know their stuff so they will be happy to answer any questions that people have.
“People need to come down and experience it to see what is going on.”
For details see bournemouthfoodanddrink.co.uk
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