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Taste of the South A brand new festival coming to Poole, Dorset this May!

Taste of the SouthTaste of the South is a brand new local food, drink and produce festival coming to Dorset this May and has been created in association with the week-long Poole Maritime Festival 15th-21st May. This year Poole will be hosting an array of events, including the annual Poole Harbour Boat Show to celebrate the European Maritime Day Conference coming to the UK for the first time EVER.

Poole Maritime Festival is estimated to attract 48,000 visitors and will generate an increased footfall to the town and the surrounding area as a part of the European delegation, as well as the local community.

"This is an opportunity to really put Poole on the map in Europe and showcase what a great place it is” Says Conservative MEP Julie Girling, who represents South-West England.

Taste of the South is set to become a yearly fixture in the Dorset event diary and is an innovative and exciting environment for exhibitors from across the South of England to showcase their products in a pop up setting right in the heart of Poole and close to the South’s award-winning beaches.

The festival will run from 19th- 21st May and will operate from Friday 12pm – 6pm, on the Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

Trader pitches are expected to fill the area of Poole Park to full capacity in the first year, and the organisers are offering a range of options and prices for exhibitors over the 3 days which includes the use of electric, waste disposal and car parking, as well as a chance to get involved with chef demonstrations and tastings in the pop-up demonstration kitchen.

There is also a limited option for brand new start-up businesses of less than a year old to receive a discounted rate.

Situated close to the centre of Poole, the Poole Park recreation ground is within easy reach of the bus and train stations and there are car parks nearby – this is the perfect setting to showcase the South’s finest.

There will also be performances and activities from local entertainers and performers destined to create great atmosphere for all.

Alongside the festival marketing and PR campaign, Borough of Poole Council has a dedicated Communications team working hard to publicise Taste of the South in all of their extensive promotions campaigns, including the Borough News .

Taste of the South – a showcase of the South of England, a great place to shop, eat, drink, relax and the place to do business and to trade.

To secure your space please contact or call 01202 896698 for more information. Website:

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