The Taste of Dorset is held the first Sunday every August. The local businesses take their wares to the street and provide you with a culinary feast for the entire family. The restaurants sell small samples of their delicious food items, the other shops sell their individual goods and the community provides live music and entertainment for all to enjoy. The festivities begin at 11:30 am and continue until 3:00 pm.
Located in Dorset is a Bed & Breakfast. Other lodging is available in the area check with the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce for further information. Join the other two to three thousand hungry revelers and enjoy a gastronomical event.
One of the most exciting events held during the Taste of Dorset is our mayoral race with the winner drawn around 2:00 pm. Anyone on the planet Earth will be allowed the title "Mayor of Dorset", the only requirement is a $1.00 entry fee with your name, address and phone number. In the past we have had a 4½ year old boy from Chicago become mayor, other candidates have included a local rooster who unfortunately met his demise before the drawing could be held and others who were not aware a friend had entered them in the "race". Some winners have even included the title on their resumes for their careers. Remember! only your non entry can prevent you from becoming the mayor of our fine town. Entries along with $1.00 can be mailed to:
Dorset General Store
20470 State 226
Park Rapids, Minnesota 56470
Activities for the whole family are included in the event. We have face painting, dunking booth, many children's games which include putting greens and minnow races. Live music throughout the town with different acts performing all during the festivities. Country western, community bands, rock n' roll and blue grass. The craft shop, antique store, gift shop, book store, Old Tyme photos and pottery shop offer a great selection of shopping plus they have activities in each of their stores. The local church has a pie social, corn feed and games. Clowns, balloons and story telling offer many afternoon activities. The local Sheriffs Posse provide us with a unique security feature.
Parking is available in town and nearby with free bus transportation to and from the event.