I bet you’ve never heard of a Dorset Knob. I think unless you are from down that way, or if you’ve holidayed in Dorset, you make have never come across the term.
A Dorset Knob is a biscuit. A very famous biscuit in the West Country, so famous there’s actually a knob festival.
Going back to the biscuit, it’s quite a dense savoury biscuit which has been made by the Moores Family since 1880. Each biscuit is made by hand and it baked 3 times. It’s quite a time-consuming process. I personally am not a big fan of the Dorset Knob as I find it quite dense, but Moores do make a number of other biscuits which I have been known to munch down very happily.
During our visit to Dorset, the Dorset Knob festival was taking place. I have Dorset blood running through me (my Nan grew up in Dorset) so it would have been amiss of us not to visit.
There was a variety of activities taking place throughout the day. Including a Knob eating contest, a Knob throwing contest, some ferret racing. Guess the weight of the giant Knob biscuit and much more. There was also a food festival in the same location, so plenty to see and do.
The festival is held in the picturesque village of Cattistock, which is half way between Dorchester and Yeovil. The aim was to raise money to help fund four organisations in the village and was a mere £4 per person to enter.
We had great fun wandering around the different activities, watching the heats of the Knob eating contest (rather them than me!) I had a go at throwing the biscuits into numbered tins, which I wasn’t very good at. We watched the Knob throwing contest, which turned out to be a highly contested and dangerous sport. Many of the throwers (particularly the children) were quite wayward with their aim and if you weren’t paying attention you may have found yourself knocked on the head by one of these funny little biscuits.
At the food festival stalls, we had a Dorset pasty, bought some Dorset chilli jam and got chatting to the chap who make Solkiki chocolate, which is one of the purest chocolates in the world. We bought a bar to have on a special occasion.
All in all, a great little festival and a lot of fun. I think there was a lot to do with the kids and it was really well planned. Access to and from the car park was easy and the volunteers there was really friendly and helpful. I’m glad to have been able to do our bit for the village of Cattistock and also support the long running festival.
So if you are ever in Dorset, you should try the Dorset Knob. I’d love to know what you think.
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