crowds expected at today's Burnham Food and Drink Festival
crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea today for the town's fifth
Food and Drink Festival.
celebration of locally-produced food and drink will see many of
the region's best brewers and food producers taking part.
traders will offer tastings and samples of products, which will
range from local Somerset specialities like cider and cheese to
Japanese cuisine and chocolate made from goat's milk.
will be set up in Victoria Street, College Street and Princess
Street plus three venues will also be busy with stallholders -
the Baptist Hall, Methodist Church and Princess Theatre.
will also be a display of British tractors and sheep in Princess
Street that will act as an attraction to promote Somerset's rural
festival will also include the Great Burnham Bake Off, Burnham
Brew Off and the Burnham Burn Off competitions.
at 9am, the festival will showcase scores of cuisines, from Thai,
Japanese, Indian and Caribbean to American BBQ, South American
and Italian to Somerset bacon rolls, pies, cheeses and bread!
will also be a wide selection of award-winning meats, top class
veg, pizza, chocolates, preserves, juices, beers, wines, ciders,
cakes, fish, patisseries and food-inspired craft and kitchenalia
the younger visitors there will be giant tractors, sheep and a
great face painter. There will also be plenty of seating for visitors
to take the weight off their feet and listen to buskers. And storytelling
sessions and activities will be held in the library during the
co-organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds say today's event will
be Somerset's largest food festival.
festival is free to attend and all the competitions are free to
enter too. The home brewing contest is straight forward - just
bring a bottle of your beer, infusion or liqueur along. The cake
competition includes classes for cakes, millionaire's shortbread
and free-from bread (open to families, individuals and professional
bakers)," said Bev.
there will be a chilli-eating competition too. This autumn it
includes a bonus hot challenge. The team have been working with
Passion and Soul BBQ to create a hot chicken wing challenge for
those that like their wings seriously hot!"
KDS Fresh Ideas Stage is open from 12 mid-day with four sets of
demo chefs on stage all cooking up a storm - we have local young
talent, foraged food, a Japanese chef and our star chef - Olly
Jackson from the Langford at Fivehead. All will be cooking game,
such as duck and venison, with our parter Taste of Game."
coverage of the festival is on our Twitter feed here.