Food Festival launch party starts countdown to the big day
countdown to this month's seventh Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink
Festival got underway on Thursday night with a special launch
Local businesses and food retailers were among the 50 guests at
the function, which was held at Calm Gourmet Coffee Bar in Burnham's
High Street, and provided a sneak peak of what will be happening.
organisers, Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, said this month's festival
on Saturday October 31st will be the biggest yet.
autumn festival - which has a harvest theme - will see over 100
stalls set up around Burnham town centre selling a wide range
of food and drink. The October event will also see the return
of the Great Burnham Bake-Off baking competition, demo chefs,
plus competitions and children's entertainment.
Mayor Michael Clarke, who attended Thursday's event, said: "It's
great to see the festival back again - it's wonderful for visitors,
businesses and residents alike. Bev and Sarah do such great work
behind the scenes to put it on."
Milner Simonds said: "We are looking forward to the
seventh festival in the town centre on Saturday 31 October. With
the support of our sponsors and grant giving bodies we are able
to put on so much more than a large market with talks, demonstrations,
workshops and competitions."
"The launch party is an opportunity for us to thank those
who help us bring the festival to life, including some of our
volunteer stewards, photographers, supporters, demo chefs and
of the traders, Richard Welland from Berrow Beef, added: "The
festival has been great for us in promoting our business and products
- we wouldn't miss it. We are local to the festival and our locally
reared beef and lamb will be available."
Mike Smith from Burnham-based Mike's Pork, added: "We'll
be using the festival to launch a new sausage, a balsamic vinegar
and carmelised red onion sausage, which will be our fifth variety.
The festival is great to showcase our products."