October 2, 2014
Burnham Food Festival duo and town fishmongers celebrate awards

The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have been named 'Somerset's Food and Drink Heroes Of The Year' this week while a town fishmonger's shop has also received high praise.

Bev and Sarah Milner-Simonds won the accolade at the annual Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards, held on Wednesday, in recognition of their work in promoting local food and drink producers across the region.

And Burnham fishmonger shop Seafoods was also a finalist in the best independent shop category. The shop's owners, Steve and Gaynor Wright, pictured above with Bev and Sarah, said they were delighted.

Charlotte Skidmore, Editor of Somerset Life magazine, which runs the awards, said of Bev and Sarah: "The winners of this award are passionate about celebrating the best of local food and drink producers. They are the brains behind the successful Burnham-on-Sea Food and Drink Festival which features the Great Burnham Bake Off and the Great Burnham Brew Off competitions.
Sarah and Beverley say they want to make the most of fresh, natural, seasonal food, encouraging us all to support the high street, cutting down our carbon footprint and getting back to enjoying food and drink for the right reasons."

The Food Festival duo said they were 'overwhelmed' with their award. "To be awarded such an accolade has left us both feeling quite overwhelmed and shocked," Bev told

"We pour our heart into our projects and the food and drink sector is our passion and soul. We want to thank those who nominated us and Somerset Life for this recognition."

Sarah added: "The Food Festival here in Burnham was the catalyst for our food and drink work in Somerset. We love working in our home town, promoting local food and drink and hope we will continue to celebrate the great producers, farmers and retailers that surround us here in Somerset for years to come."


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