cooks lined up to offer advice at Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival
countdown to Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival is underway
with just a few days left until the event opens.
year, the festival on Saturday 25th May will see a great line-up
of cooks of all ages performing demonstrations at two venues in
the town centre.
'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 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
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."
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."
festival runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday 25th May in Burnham town
centre. Find out more visit the festival website or pick up a
programme locally across the town now.
From top, chefs Romy Gill, TV chef Valentina Harris and Madeline
Francis, 14, from King Alfred School who will appear at the festival