to Burnham's autumn Food and Drink Festival begins
and drink producers from across the region gathered in Burnham-On-Sea
last night (Thursday) for a launch party to mark the start of
the countdown to the town's third food festival.
than 70 exhibitors and chefs will take part in the Burnham-On-Sea
Food & Drink Festival on Saturday, September 28th - and last
night's event at Benton Furniture in Highbridge provided a taste
of what will be happening.
organisers, Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, right, said this month's
event will be even bigger than the previous two.
again, the 'Victoria Quarter' of Burnham will be full of the best
food and drink from across Somerset when the festival returns,"
event will spread over five indoor venues and the large outdoor
market on Victoria Street, making a great day-out whatever the
from across Somerset will offer tastings, samples and opportunities
for visitors to hear the stories behind their products.
on show at the 'KDS Demo Stage' at the Baptist Church will be
top chefs sharing their skills and techniques including Times
columnist and chef Joanna Weinberg, The Somerset Curry Club,
Stefano Silvati and local chef Madeline Francis, pictured below.
festival's free-to-enter competitions will be returning too
The Great Burnham Bake-Off, sponsored by Positive Wealth Creation,
The Great Burnham Brew Off for beer makers and the Great Burnham
Burn Off, which is a new chilli-eating competition.
Great Burnham Bake-Off, to be held in the Somerset Skills &
Learning Centre, will feature several categories - 'Cake, Any
Cake' (open to home and professional bakers) and home baker only
classes for Bread and Pie (Savoury). Award-winning pie maker Mervyn
Watling of Wessex Pantry will be judging.
added: "The festival offers a great opportunity to try something
new 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."
to the festival will be free and venues open at 9am and include
Somerset Skills & Learning, the Baptist Church, Princess Theatre
and Methodist Church.
lots of interest and excitement growing around the festival -
the plans are coming together well. It promises to be a fantastic
event," added Sarah.
Above, the organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds with the programmes
at last night's launch party