crowds expected in Burnham-On-Sea today for Food Festival
Big crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) as
the town holds its third Food and Drink Festival.
than 70 exhibitors, stallholders and chefs are taking part from
9am, with several roads in the town centre closed for the day.
FOOD FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
open at all venues and the market
10.30am Bread making demo starts in Somerset Skills &
Madeline Francis (local chef) on at KDS Fresh Ideas Stage
Kieran Lenihan and Chris Westgate (cooking with foraged
food) on at KDS Fresh Ideas Stage
from The Somerset Curry Club (indian street food) on at
KDS Fresh Ideas Stage
1.30pm Entries close for the Brew Off
Weinberg (Times columnist, author) on at KDS Fresh Ideas
Entries close for Bake Off (and judging starts, i.e. cutting
Sugarcraft demo starts in Somerset Skills & Learning
Brew Off competition winner announced in Princess Theatre
Princess Theatre will close - this is accommodate the theatre
production later in the evening
Silvani (authentic Italian chef - stall holder at the festival)
on at KDS fresh Ideas Stage
The Great Burnham Burn Off chilli eating competition on
the outdoor stage
Nevin Stewart (cider and apple juice maker) on at KDS Fresh
Bake Off winners announced
The organisers, Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds, are keeping
their fingers crossed that the weather stays dry for the harvest-themed
"There are over 75 stallholders with products on show as
varied as fresh venison to artisan breads, sauces & pickles
to Caribbean jerk chicken, local beers and smoothies," said
The festival is free to enter and is open from 9am to 5pm across
five indoor venues and a large outdoor market.
Venues include Somerset Skills and Learning, Burnham Baptist
Church, Baptist Hall, Princess Theatre and Methodist Church and
the market will also take place in Victoria Street and College
There are also three competitions taking place today - The Great
Burnham Bake Off for home and professional bakers; The Great Burnham
Brew Off for home beer brewers; and The Great Burnham Burn Off,
a chilli pepper eating competition.
On the KDS Fresh Ideas Stage, top chefs will be sharing their
hints, tips and techniques on the hour every hour from 11am.
Bev said: "The festival is a labour of love for us - we
love Burnham-On-Sea and we love food and drink. We have selected
so many great producers for this festival - we hope that visitors
agree it is the best selection yet."
Fellow festival director Sarah added: "We aim to put on
a day that has something for everyone - so wherever you are a
looking to try a few different things, stock up on Christmas gifts
and ideas, a chilli-head looking for a new heat-high or parents
trying to explain the food-chain in more depth we think we have
got it covered."
The festival offers a great opportunity to try something new
and there is certainly something for everyone with food as varied
as Caribbean jerk chicken, deep south style pulled pork, wood
fired pizza and traditional pies, ales and cheese.