PALATES were pampered and thirsts quenched when the west country's finest food and drink was showcased at Bridport over the weekend.

The town's annual two-day food festival attracted its biggest turnout with hundreds flocking to Asker Meadows showground to feast on food and drink.

Head organiser Amanda Streatfeild said it had been another huge success.

She said: "Early results show more people than ever before attended.

"The entire weekend was a smashing success. The level of culinary delights on offer was exceptional and revealed the depth of great food available across West Dorset.

"We're delighted everyone had such a good time, it's just a shame it's a whole year to go until the next one."

The event was opened by Bridport mayor and mayoress Martin and Maggie Ray who welcomed the crowds before visiting the stallholders to thank them for their support.

Top growers and producers from across Dorset, Devon and south Somerset showed their wares at the family-friendly event, giving hungry visitors a chance to sample some of the finest food in the region.

This year there was a special emphasis on food and farming, as well as using exotic flavours with local produce.

But the event was not just about food. Bridport Round Table ran their popular beer festival, offering some 30 beers and ciders - including a barrel of ale donated by the mayor and his wife which added some £150 towards their charity fund raising.

Barbecues were organised on both nights by the Lions and Rotary clubs respectively.