Photos: Crowds flock to 2013 Burnham Food and Drink Festival
of visitors flocked into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 25th)
for the town's hugely successful Food and Drink Festival.
event attracted large crowds of around 7,000 people to the town
centre over the course of the seven-hour festival which saw dozens
of local brewers and food producers showcasing their products.
sunshine throughout the day swelled the numbers visiting an outdoor
market in Victoria Street, where street food sellers and stallholders
reported bumper trade.
indoor venues at the Princess Theatre, Somerset Skills & Learning
in Princess Street and the Baptist Church Hall in College Street
also saw a non-stop stream of visitors.
Martin Cox told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The organisers, Bev
and Sarah, have done a fantastic job with the festival, especially
when you consider the event was only born last year. There has
been a great atmosphere across the town and this can only help
put Burnham on the map for very positive reasons. Bev and Sarah
have been quite rightly buzzing today - their energy and passion
co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We've
had a great day. I've loved listening in to people talking about
the event behind the scenes - the stallholders have been expressing
anxiety because they've been running out of stock and the visitors
working out how they can see everything on show in the town! My
cheeks are aching because I have smiled so - it has been such
an incredibly positive day and we thank everyone who attended
and supported us."
co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds added: "We are delighted
with how the day went - all the feedback from traders has been
very positive with busy footfall throughout the day and some selling
out of their stock. To have great weather during the whole day
further added to making this a great success. We look forward
to seeing everyone again at our next festival in September."
event was also expanded this year to include chefs and experts
demonstrating their skills, with healthy eating advice. The 'KDS
Fresh Ideas Demo Stage' in Burnham Baptist Church saw up-and-coming
chef Madeline Francis, 14, (right) from King Alfred School in
Highbridge, demonstrate her impressive baking skills. TV chef
Valentina Harris cooked up a number of top recipes from her latest
book 'Valentina's Foodoir'. Stefano Silvati, who specialises in
home cooked Italian food, also drew plenty of interest. Romy Gill
shared some of the secrets of true Indian home cooking, while
Deborah Durrant showed visitors how to make the most of raw food.
bake-off baking contest was won
by Sam Pashley with a unique hovercraft themed cake while
the brew-off brewing competition was won by Liam Penn, 18, with
his superb home brewed cider.
were also free taster sessions happening all day at Somerset Skills
& Learning in Princess Street where foraging for free food,
organic dairy farming, sugar craft and the art of making cider
brandy were in the focus from Home Hardware, Maundrills Farm,
Somerset Cider Brandy, and experts Chris Westgate and Kieran Lenihan.