Mark Hix, Mitch Tonks, Angela Hartnett And Richard Bertinet Confirmed For Dorset Food Rocks Festival

The annual event will be held from 7th- 8th September and will raise funds for the Fishermen’s Mission and RNLI


Mark Hix by Matt Austin

Chef and restaurateur Mark Hix MBE is back with Food Rocks for its seventh year, bringing together top chefs and friends Mitch Tonks, Angela Hartnett and Richard Bertinet this September. The two-day food extravaganza curated by Mark himself, takes place in Lyme Regis in Dorset, bringing together the best across both the food and drink worlds, from celebrated chefs to local producers from the surrounding regions.


Food Rocks goal is to bring together the surrounding communities and showcase the best of local produce whilst raising awareness for their chosen charities with all money raised from the weekend going direct to charities RNLI and The Fishermen’s Mission.


Throughout the entire weekend, the stage will host some of the country’s top chefs for interactive cookery demonstrations, including Mark Hix, Mitch Tonks, Angela Hartnett, Rose Prince and many more.


Demos will take place between 11.30am until 5.30pm both days, with Mark joining many of the hosts on stage throughout. Many of the dishes will use by-catch, with local fishermen bringing fish and seafood to the demo stage throughout the day. Guests can sample all their dishes for a small donation to the charities.


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Following the success of last year’s Glenarm Estate Meat Feast, the dinner will again kick off the festival on Friday 6th September, held in the main tent and hosted by Mark Hix and his beef supplier Peter Hannan giving guests the opportunity to ‘Meet the Producer’.


Events for festival goers to book in advance include The Feast and the annual Crab and Mackerel Supper Club, taking place on 7 Sep and sponsored by Weymouth’s Crab House Cafe. New to this year’s event, supper club visitors are invited to continue the celebrations at local restaurant and Food Rocks sponsor ‘SWIM’ to dance the night away with DJs and cocktails.


Taking place on 7th and 8th of September and free to attend, visitors to the festival will be able to experience a jam-packed schedule of exciting cookery demonstrations, insightful talks and gastronomic tastings of the local produce on offer. Not only that but there will be music performances from local charity B Sharp and Morris dancing from the Bakers Dozen.


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Producers already confirmed for the festival include Black Cow Vodka, Somerset Membrillo, Conker Gin, Hundred-Aker-Pottery and many more. Alongside the producers will be the usual mouth-watering street food offering including Billy Winters Cafe, The Pig Hotels, Somerset Hog roast and Café Meru. With over fifty food and drink stands already confirmed, the festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before.


Tickets for both the ‘Glenarm Estate Meat Feast’ and ’Crab and Mackerel’ supper club are priced at £45 and are available via the HIX website.