Residents and staff at Dorchester care home, Maiden Castle House recently celebrated the change of seasons by taking part in Care South’s very own Spring Food Festival with various activities, including creating a delicious and nutritious soup as part of a Care South wide competition. Maiden Castle House came first place winning an impressive 5kg Easter egg, with Care South’s Devon-based home, Fremington Manor coming in second place to receive a selection of fun chocolate carrot eggs.


The Spring Food Festival was set up by Care South to encourage a week-long series of inclusive, themed activities including an inter-home seasonal soup competition. This encouraged homes to devise their own recipes with a focus on using fresh, local ingredients and including all residents in the fun.


The Food Festival coincided with National Nutrition and Hydration Week which is designed to help raise awareness to understand the importance of nutrition and hydration in health and social care. Good nutrition and hydration are vital parts of providing care, and all Care South homes understand the importance of nutritious, fresh produce and take pride in sourcing, where possible, seasonal ingredients from local producers. The Spring Food Festival was set up with Food, Fun and Friendship at the very heart and residents across all of Care South’s homes took part in the occasion.


Chef, Maria at winning home, Maiden Castle House spent her free time foraging by rivers for special ingredient, wild garlic to make their soup before residents got stuck in with prepping the vegetables.

Emma Norman, Activities Lead at Maiden Castle House, commented: “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Spring Food Festival competition. Both residents and staff joined in with making a delicious recipe using special ingredients. It was wonderful to have been voted in first place and residents in our care are delighted that their hard work in helping with the soup has paid off.”


Mark Wardman, Catering Operations Manager, added: “Our Care South Spring Food Festival celebrated all the delicious, fresh food prepared in our care homes – an integral part of our Food, Fun and Friendship ethos. It was great to see so many of our homes taking part and creating some delicious recipes, whilst having lots of fun along the way.”


Maiden Castle House care home in Dorchester accommodates 66 residents and is one of Care South’s 15 homes, a not-for-profit charity and leading provider of residential and home care across the south of England.