Food Festival duo in the running for Prince of Wales award
team behind Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival are hoping
to be celebrating some more this Wednesday after being shortlisted
for The Prince of Wales Award at the Royal Bath and West Show.
community award - which is run by the Royal Bath & West of
England Society and the Duchy of Cornwall - is open to community
organisations, schools, colleges and groups which have, through
their own initiative, brought about improvements to the lives
of the rural population in a sustainable manner.
award is intended to embrace a wide range of schemes where there
has been a genuine attempt to move forward in a resourceful and
inventive way to the benefit of a rural community.
co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: "We were really surprised
to have been shortlisted - the awards are open to all communities
across Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire
and Gloucestershire; which is a massive area, so to be picked
out from such a big pool is a real honour."
Beverley Milner Simonds added: "We have tried to build a
festival that celebrates the great food and drink of Somerset
and through initiatives like our bursary scheme, low pitch fees
for local traders, free entry, demos, workshops and our shopping
directory we try to help develop sustainable businesses."
MP James Heappey welcomed the news, adding: "The Burnham
Food & Drink Festival has become one of the highlights in
the towns calendar. Like so many seaside towns, Burnham
has struggled to define itself as tourist tastes have changed
and this wonderful festival has made huge strides in addressing
that. It is widely supported within the town with attendances
growing every time and it is clear that many hundreds more are
travelling from further afield. The energy and commitment from
the co-directors, Beverley and Sarah Milner-Simonds, is largely
responsible for this runaway success and Burnham is truly fortunate
to have their imagination, drive and passion for all things Somerset.
The Burnham Food Festival showcases all that is wonderful about
this charming seaside resort and the world class food and drink
that is produced in our county."
pair find out if they have won on the first day of the Royal Bath
& West Show, Wednesday 27th May. The show runs from 27-30