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Maritime Hattrick for Signature Catering Company

For Signature Catering Company from Dorset it was a hattrick of maritime activities this May as they were the chosen providers for THREE very different maritime-themed events which took place during the Poole Maritime Festival in Dorset which saw thousands of visitors from the UK and Europe as well as VIPs, dignitaries and the local community turn out in force.

The Poole Maritime Festival took place from the 15th-21st May and hosted the first ever European Maritime Day Conference, and Poole was chosen as the place to represent the UK.

The festival included a conference, the annual Poole Boat show, Taste of the South and many other activities. Signature Catering are one of Dorset’s leading award winning businesses and they set sail with the maritime festival catering for Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association Poole Harbour Study Group at the Marine Protected Areas- Science, Policy and Management Conference on Wednesday.They then showcased another buffet when VIP guests set sail on board City Cruises and navigated around Poole Harbour as they took in the delights of the area whilst enjoying delicious canapes on board.

Then from Friday 19th May through to Sunday 21st May the Signature Catering team took part in Taste of the South where alongside Piddle Brewery and many other traders they had a  whirlwind threedays of high winds, rain and brilliant sunshine and created the ultimate Mexican fiesta called Taco Bay which used local ingredients such as Swanage Bay Crab, Lyme Bay Scallops and Local Batter Fried Fish to serve up the taste of maritime themed seafood tacos and quesadillas that were bursting with flavour downed with a pint of Piddle’s or a local gin and tonic or two!.

Said Richard Abson, Co-Founder of Signature Catering, “It’s been a busy few days, and we are proud to be involved with a variety of activities during the Poole Maritime Festival, it is great to see so many events take place and the place full of people. At Taste of the South we met local people from the community as well as others from overseas and from across the UK and the feedback has been very positive. We as a business feel it is important to show what we can do and also support the other local businesses of the area. To be a part of such a historic event for Dorset was a great honour. I hope this isn’t a one off and there will be more events like these in the area again in the near future.”

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Creative Artisan Producers to Set Sail and Showcase at Taste of the South’s Artisan Alley


CALLING ALL artisans, producers and manufacturers from across the South of England. If you have a creative passion, an innovation, or if you create authentic, hand-made products and then you may want to showcase your talent and products to a large crowd.

You and your business are invited to join us at Taste of the South, a showcase of the south of England which runs from the 19th-21st May and takes place in Poole Park, close to Poole Town Centre, Bournemouth and Sandbanks.

Artisans from across the region have already secured their place in the Artisan Area where they will trade, offer samples and educate people about their unique products.

Taste of the South has something for everyone. A fun-filled, jam-packed 3-day event where people from all over the UK and abroad will interact, engage and many will buy your products first-hand as they get a chance to meet you in person.

Said Jackie Phillipson from Taste of the South, “Artisanal hand-crafted products are on trend around the world and we know that there are some superb producers and amazing talents out there, and it’s our mission to find you and showcase you at Taste of the South.

This is our way of supporting the smaller, bespoke businesses out there and bring them to the public. We know it isn’t always easy to find your way as an artisan and this event can help you promote your work, raise awareness for your products, and put your business on the map.

There will be a chance to showcase the use of traditional techniques, new technologies or your own unique and creative style. Artisans are personal and this event will allow them to stand out from the ‘every-day’ products available from the supermarkets or superstores.”

Jackie Phillipson from Taste of the South continues, “In the Artisan Alley, you are guaranteed to find the best in hand-crafted, well-designed jewellery, trinkets, arts, gifts, and gadgets, as well as British food and drinks. All of the items are created by artisans based in and around the South of England. They are ALL talented individuals and their products are made by hand, by a real craftsperson and are unlikely to be found on the mass market nor in department stores – you will be buying something unique from each stall holder.

As a visitor, you will be doing your bit to help keep alive the traditional methods that have been handed down through generations when you visit the unique stall holders in Artisan Alley. Come and pay a visit across the weekend at Poole Park, where you can meet them in person and show your appreciation.”

The festival is being held in a picturesque location on the South Coast of Dorset. Exhibitors will enjoy stunning views of the beautiful Poole Park lake and, right on their doorstep, the award-winning beaches of Poole, Bournemouth and beyond. The event is part of the Poole Maritime Festival, which is set to attract thousands. More information is available or email


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