Food Festival is runner-up in national competition
organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival were celebrating
this week after the event won second place in a nationwide competition
to find the best harvest celebrations.
'Bring Home the Harvest' contest was a nationwide search by The
Daily Telegraph and Love British Food to find the most innovative,
all-inclusive and inspiring celebrations.
competition was judged by the chef Raymond Blanc, environment
secretary Owen Paterson, Love British Food founder Alexia Robinson,
broadcaster and Telegraph columnist Alan Titchmarsh, Philip Clarke,
chief executive of Tesco, and Telegraph 'Life' editor Anne Cuthbertson.
Cuthberston said: "Burnham-On-Seas Food and Drink festival
was a popular runner up. The event saw more than 5,000 people
throng the town centre to enjoy local produce and a chilli-eating
competition, which judge Raymond Blanc loved."
Titchmarsh said: "The impact on the community must have been
enormous, they must have really got local enthusiasm and passion
founders and directors Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "To get recognition at a national level
for a festival that has just celebrated its first birthday is
pour our hearts into the festival and the feedback from visitors
and stall holders has been very positive."
want to host a festival that people love coming to and that helps
them connect with the brilliant produce available in Somerset.
That the judges recognised the variety of elements in the festival;
stalls, competitions, demos, workshops and accessibility through
location and free entry is great."
the festival organisers have announced that there will be two
festivals in 2014 on Saturday 24th May and 25th October. Booking
for traders is now open. Local businesses who would like to get
involved in the festivals through a collaboration or sponsorship
can get in touch via the festival website.