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Mark Hix at Food Rocks festival

Cancelled until 2022… due to Covid-19

Food Rocks was founded by Mark Hix in 2012 to celebrate the fantastic produce that the South West has to offer while raising funds for The Fishermen’s Mission and RNLI. Each year the festival has grown and continued to raise thousands of pounds for the charities. Sadly due to Covid-19 and the closure of HIX restaurants, the festival had to be cancelled in 2020 but we hope to bring it back in some way in 2022, so watch this space.

Each year the two-day food extravaganza curated by Mark himself, brought together the best of Dorset food and drink, celebrated chefs and local producers from the surrounding regions.

Both days saw a jam-packed programme of chef demonstrations, food and drink to take home, supper clubs and a raffle of amazing prizes from our producers and chefs. The event was free to attend and suitable for all the family.

Crab feast at Food Rocks Dorset

Dorset Food & Drink

Lyme Regis food festival Food Rocks raised a record-breaking sum of £11,191 for charity in 2019. The annual food and drink extravaganza attracts food lovers from all over the UK to celebrate the fantastic food and drink producers in and around Dorset.

The weekend long event usually welcomes South West chefs including Mitch Tonks, Richard Bertinet and Gill Meller to host cooking demonstrations in the main tent throughout the day. 50 traders pitch their gazebos along the seafront selling food, drink and handmade homewares to the thousands of guests that attend. The annual Glenarm Estate Meat Feast and Crab & Mackerel supper clubs were sell-out events, taking place in the main tent on the Friday and Saturday night.

“2019 was another great year at Food rocks, raising the most money to date for The Fishermen’s Mission and Lyme Regis RNLI. We had fantastic support from all the locals, tourists, producers and of course, our sponsors” – Mark Hix.

Charities we work with

“The Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group would like to thank Mark and his team for their continued support. It’s fantastic that Mark, who is a keen local fisherman, has supported two important charities that support those that work on the sea – the Fishermen’s Mission and those that go to sea 24/7, 365 days a year to save lives – the RNLI.

We would like to thank all those who supported the food festival and gave so generously as all the money raised goes to saving lives at sea and so a big thanks to Mark and his team for all their hard work.” Ken Lavery, Chair of the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters Group, and Lyme Regis volunteer Deputy Launching Authority.

Dean Lawrence of The Fishermen’s Mission said “We are absolutely thrilled to be supported once again by Mark Hix’s Food Rocks festival, not only because of the incredible amount raised this year which will help us carry out our welfare and emergency services. The incredible support we receive from industry ambassadors like Mark is vital in creating awareness about our charity and the dangers of the fishing industry.”

Crowds at Food Rocks Dorset