Food Festival duo are runners-up in national contest
team behind the Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival received
the news on Sunday that they are runners-up in the Daily Telegraph
and Love British Food 'Bring Home the Harvest' competition for
a second year.
have been recognised for their community engagement in a 'Harvest
Fever' themed series of events that took place at the end of September.
team worked hard with Somerset communities to bring people of
all ages and walks of life together to celebrate the harvest festival.
judging panel, led by Elizabeth Truss (Secretary of State for
the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) said that they were
particularly impressed with how the team had gone out of their
way to get so many different parts of the community involved.
was a dynamic, engaging series of events and I really liked the
use of social media in this campaign," said the panel.
Collins, Blue Peter Gardener, said the events were "very
well produced and [were] extremely strong on the business sustainability
and organiser of British Food Fortnight, Alexia Robinson added:
"All of the Judges were impressed with the #HarvestFever
Somerset entry. It was pleasing to see how the organisers were
specifically spreading word of the regions food heritage
to new audiences, and were thinking outside the box in terms of
both designing and marketing their events. We also liked the focus
on community and sustainability and look forward to seeing how
these initiatives develop in the future. Very well done!"
Sarah Milner Simonds said: "We wanted to do something in
addition to the festival to focus on the harvest festival celebration
at the end of September and Love British Food fortnight."
cooking demos to the local farmer's market, food stalls into the
schoolyard and adding a local food element to a music event were
all small steps to bring the harvest alive in unusual places or
in unusual ways. We really enjoyed running the events and are
looking forward to bringing home the harvest again in 2015."