expected in Burnham-On-Sea for Food and Drink Festival today
of visitors are expected to flock into Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday)
for the town's Food and Drink Festival.
celebration of locally-produced food and drink will see local
brewers and food producers bringing their best to the town centre.
large outdoor market will be set-up in Victoria Street, with lots
of street food to take away, as well as 60 stallholders.
will also be plenty of chances to get involved with taster sessions
all day at the Princess Theatre and Somerset Skills & Learning
in Princess Street, covering foraging for free food, organic dairy
farming, sugar craft and the art of cider brandy.
event, taking place from 10am-5pm, has also been expanded this
year to include chefs and experts demonstrating their skills,
with healthy eating advice.
'KDS Fresh Ideas Demo Stage' will be set up at Burnham Baptist
Church in College Street where visitors will be able to get inspired.
day will get underway at 11am with up-and-coming chef Madeline
Francis, 14, from King Alfred School in Highbridge, who will demonstrate
her impressive baking skills. "A major step for me in cooking
was winning the local Rotary Young Chef of the Year competition
and I represented the school at the regional finals. My dream
is now to own my own specialist cake shop in the future,"
12 noon, TV chef Valentina Harris (right) will be cooking recipes
from her latest book 'Valentina's Foodoir'. The award-winning
author has written more than 30 books on Italian food and she
is also an experienced and enthusiastic teacher, sharing her food
philosophy of seasonal local produce served with minimum fuss
and maximum care.
1pm, Stefano Silvati will take to the stage. Stefano specialises
in home cooked Italian food that you can recreate at home using
local ingredients. Stefano also has a stall at the festival so
visitors can took home some of his prepared dishes.
said: "At the festival I will be cooking Gnocchi alla Sorrentina.
This regional dish is baked gnocchi in a tomato and basil sauce
with fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. It is light, simple
and easy to make. It is also delicious!"
at 2pm, Romy Gill will be sharing the secrets of true Indian home
cooking. Romy has her own line of sauces, spice mixes, pickles
and chutneys. She has just opened her first restaurant near Bath.
show will continue at 3pm with Deborah Durrant, an international
raw food specialist, teaching festival visitors how to make raw
food that tastes so good that you really won't know that it's
will also be free taster sessions happening all day at Somerset
Skills & Learning in Burnham's Princess Street with foraging
for free food, organic dairy farming, sugar craft and the art
of making cider brandy.
at 11.30 and 3.30pm, sugar craft workshops will be held by Home
Hardware at Somerset Skills and Leaning where great skills and
techniques will be on show.
festival will also feature at 12.30 a session on organic dairy
farming where visitors can find out the real cost of a pint of
milk from the family at Maundrills, who are an active, successful
local farming family.
at 1.30pm, there will be a session on the art of making liqueurs
and cider brandy. Festival goers will be able to learn from the
award-winning Somerset experts, Somerset Cider Brandy.
2.30pm, a session called 'Food for Free' will be held. Learn about
foraging and how to identify wild food with heavenly hedgerows
and Head Chef of Farrells Restaurant cooking up a storm.
said: "This will be a light and lively introduction to foraging.
Discover wild foods with the helpful guidance of accomplished
forager, Chris Westgate."
to identify wild foods readily available in local hedgerows or
even your own garden. Kieran Lenihan, Head Chef of Farrells Restaurant
(Keynsham & Portishead), will be cooking up a storm alongside,
using the same earthly delights."
co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
is great to have attracted such a diverse range of chefs and experts
into Burnham for the Food and Drink Festival and with the support
of our sponsor KDS Interiors and Somerset Council we are really
pleased to offer access to all these sessions for free."
competitions will also take place, including the return of the
popular Great Burnham Bake-Off baking contest. Home bakers can
enter any of the four competitions as either individual bakers
or as families. The best individual entries and family entries
in each category will win trophies, as featured here.
search is also on for the best Somerset farmhouse cider as home
brewers take part in 'The Great Burnham Brew Off' judged by the
landlord of the award-winning Crossways Inn in West Huntspill,
as featured here.
co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
promises to be a super festival that will be great for Burnham.
We are delighted to have attracted such a diverse range of chefs
and experts into Burnham and look forward to seeing lots of people
throughout the day."
out more visit the festival at www.burnhamonseafoodfestival.org