Taste of the South

ROUTEpr and Events are all set for the return of 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, which is set in the spectacular and secluded surroundings, making it 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.

 Jackie Phillipson Founder of ROUTEpr and Taste of the South lets us in on what we can expect….

Jackie, we’re all looking forward to Taste of the South this year. What can we expect to see?

Last year we saw over 13000 people through the door in 2 days and we’re predicting more this year! It’s a multi-generational day and there will be something for everyone of all ages. There will be local food and decadent drinks, unique products and handcrafted artisanal goods!

The festival will also be featuring a dedicated Health and Wellbeing area called the ‘Zen Den’ which will feature outdoor yoga classes, healthy food and drink, talks and vegan goodies. We are promoting sustainability and trying to reduce the use of plastic at the event! There will live music, entertainment chef demonstrations – something for all the family.

We’re inviting children to attend the new Cub Corner area with their parents and grandparents, to enjoy storytelling, games, face painting and even the chance to grow their own plant to take home. Educating and teaching the “cubs” is set to be an important factor of the new area, introducing them to the world of food, where it comes from and giving them a chance to learn about all things South.

Taste of the South is going to be relaxed, fun and chilled event, there really is something for everyone!


What chefs will be attending?

When it comes to food there is an abundance of talent attending including MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo, Nick Evan the Head of the Rick Steins Cookery School in Padstow, Chris Wheeler from Stoke Park as well as many talented locally based Chefs such as Pete Murt from Rick Steins Sandbanks, Sarah Ali Choudhury, Mark Hartstone La Fosse. There will be a focus on artisanal food, both British and International.


 We’re seeing a welcome increase in the number of food based events in the area, why do you think this is?

People are appreciating good food more and care about where the produce they eat is coming from. Everyone loves to eat and buy locally produced products, which are handmade and crafted by creative individuals. Food based events are popular because they are something everybody can enjoy. You can watch chef demonstrations, learn to cook, taste new and exciting products, find out about the history of food. The food and drink industry is forever changing so there is always something new popping up.

People are becoming more aware about what they eat and so are more curious about food products such as dairy free, vegan, gluten free alternatives. It’s great to see so many businesses getting creative with food, at Taste of the South we get so excited when we receive an application from a unique food producer.

How can people get their hands on some tickets?

We are running a few competitions on social media to win tickets so keep your eyes peeled! Alternatively they are very fairly priced at just £4 advance adult ticket, and kids under 12 go for free! You can buy tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taste-of-the-south-tots-tickets-44556155661?aff=es2 . Parking at the event is FREE and Children are FREE when they bring an adult!


Jackie thank you so much for your time, we can’t wait for Taste of the South!

Thanks for reading,



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