May 2017 saw a brand new festival come to Poole in association with the Maritime Festival events. Taste of the South filled Poole Park with food, drink and entertainment. This free, three-day event welcomed chef demonstrators, artisan producers and the food-loving general public in a showcase and celebration of all things local, including food, drink, produce, art and culture.
The event featured an outside park, an artisan alley and maritime-themed activities and history about Poole and its seafaring heritage. As visitors wandered around they would have undoubtedly been tempted in by the various tastings and samplings on offer and marvelled at the culinary creations whipped up in the chef demonstration kitchen.