of Burnham Food and Drink Festival bursary awards revealed
organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival have
this week announced the three winners of their first festival
The Chilli Alchemist, Xocolat and The Spice Rocket are all new
businesses taking their first steps into trading and who will
each benefit from a free pitch at the autumn food and drink festival
taking place on 28th September.
Jay Webley, the Chilli Alchemist, said: "Im so pleased
to be offered a bursary from Burnham Food & Drink Festival.
It provides me with an opportunity to start building my customer
base. Having invested heavily, the financial respite is most welcome
and a brilliant idea that should be encouraged and adopted by
other event organisers. Im truly looking forward to the
festival and being able to provide people with the opportunity
to try something different, fiery and delicious, all with a little
Jay will be trading in Burnham's Victoria Street, opposite to
the chilli eating competition stage, at September's event.
Mandy Gair of XocolaT, who will be trading inside the Princess
Theatre, added: "We are delighted to have won the bursary
and are looking forward to working with the festival team to promote
XocolaT in the area as a brand new chocolate business. We are
always developing new and exciting ranges and look forward to
working with the festival towards a successful future."
And Joe Thompson of Spice Rocket, who will be trading in Victoria
Street, said: "Spice Rocket is a brand new street food business
serving up fresh curries, snacks and salads lovingly-prepared
using local and ethically sourced ingredients and infused with
spices from around the world. We are delighted to have won a bursary
and to be taking part in the Burnham on Sea food and drink festival.
It is a wonderful opportunity for us and our fledgling business
to gain vital experience and to get involved in the vibrant South
West food scene, and to have some spicy fun!"
Festival Director Beverley Milner Simonds said: "Through
the Food & Drink Festival we have shown our commitment to
supporting local traders to build sustainable businesses and now
we want to help new businesses make their first steps into trading.
We recognise we have an opportunity to assist in developing the
skills abilities and knowledge of all food and drink producers.
We hope that visitors to the festival sample the new traders products
and encourage them to continue."