photos: Crowds fill town centre for Burnham Food and Drink Festival
crowd of around 10,000 people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday for the town's fifth Food and Drink Festival.
celebration of locally-produced food and drink saw many of the
region's best brewers and food producers taking part, with a record
92 traders offering tastings and samples of products.
stalls were so busy that they sold out by lunchtime. Carl Stevens
of Winnies Bakers said: "It was a really busy day for us
- this is definitely one of the busiest festivals in the whole
region, and it's great that people appreciate quality food."
Kidner of Cossey Fruit and Veg added: "Today's festival was
busier than the one back in May and many other events we attend.
We always get a warm welcome here in Burnham, especially because
it's only English fruit and veg we sell unlike many supermarkets."
Rachel Parsons of Dosa Me Up, which was judged the best stall
by Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, added: "It's been a very
busy day for us - we were sold out by 2pm!"
were set up in Victoria Street, College Street and Princess Street
plus three busy venues - the Baptist Hall, Methodist Church and
was also a display of British tractors and ducks and chickens
in Princess Street that acted as a promotion for Somerset's rural
festival also included the well-supported Great
Burnham Bake Off baking contest, won by Kate Heappey, after
being judged by the BBC's Matt Faulkner, local business owner
Debbie March and Sedgemoor District Council's Vicky Banham.
Burnham Brew-Off was won by Graham Holland, whose elderflower
vodka impressed the judges.
Burn Off chilli-eating competition was re-won by previous
winner Marc Brion. A chicken wings eating contest was won by Martin
festival showcased scores of cuisines, from Thai, Japanese, Indian
and Caribbean to American BBQ, South American and Italian to Somerset
bacon rolls, pies, cheeses and bread!
co-organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds said they were delighted
with how the event, now Somerset's largest food festival, had
was great to see Burnham buzzing," Bev told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"We thank all those who supported the festival and it was
great to hear that we had visitors from as far away as London
and Manchester attending! We are proud to see Burnham really building
a great reputation with this event."
Martin Cox, Burnham's Mayor, added: "There was a really great
atmosphere once again in town today - it was fantastic to see
the crowds really getting behind the event, and watching the competitions
in particular. There was a super range and quality of food on
show and my congratulations to Bev and Sarah for another slickly-run
event that really adds to the quality of life here in Burnham.
I'm looking forward to next May's event already!"
KDS Fresh Ideas Stage also saw several sets of demo chefs on stage
providing cooking demonstrations, including Hannah Bird (pictured),
Chris Westgate, Kieran Lenihan, Olly Jackson and Hideki Koike
- all of whom were cooking game, such as duck and venison in line
with the festival's theme.
The Mayor and Mayoress trying their hand at pizza making in the
The busy scenes in College Street during the event
The award for best in show went to vegetarian
Indian food stall Dosa Me Up
The Methodist Church hall was busy with visitors through the
Visitors enjoying the wide range of stalls in Victoria Street
The crowds also stretched further along College Street
Buskers played on street corners during the day
Chickens and ducks were on show in Princess Street
Tastings and sampling were among the popular activities
RCH Brewery showed off their latest brews at the festival
Locally made chocolates were also among the popular goods available
Gift packs for those with a sweet tooth were also on show
Cup cakes rounded were among the displays in The Princess Theatre
The poultry proved a fascinating display for visitors of all
Festival marshall Ellie Deane with the tractor on show outside
The Mayor and Mayoress toasting another successful event with