Food Festival set to make tasty return this Saturday
final countdown to Saturday's seventh Burnham-On-Sea Food and
Drink Festival is underway.
autumn festival - which has a harvest theme - will see around
100 stalls set up around Burnham town centre in streets and venues
selling a wide range of food and drink.
event will also see the return of the Great Burnham Bake-Off baking
competition, demo chefs, plus competitions and children's entertainment.
organisers, Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, said Saturday's festival
will be the biggest yet, running from 9am until 4pm.
Great Burnham Bake Off will will see several new categories being
introduced for budding bakers.
Great Burnham Bake Off will also make a popular return - not only
looking for the best cakes and bread,. but the best Christmas
Cake from professional bakers.
Bev Milner Simonds said: "The Technical Challenge last time
was searching for meringues, this time we want three matching
shortcut sausage rolls. We are also embracing the harvest time
with a search for carrot cake and Christmas cakes. We are also
asking bakers if they are happy to share their bakes with the
entry forms and rules here and present a completed form and
their bake before 2pm on Saturday at Somerset Skills & Learning
in Burnham's Princess Street.
local chefs will also be demonstrating their expertise during
the day. Festival Director Sarah Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have three more cracking chefs cooking up great demos
with very different styles. First up at 12 noon will be CookAbility
Cookery School founder Venetia Cameron-Rose. CookAbility is a
local cookery school based in Taunton with cookery courses to
suit all ages and abilities."
caught the festival's eye with her cookery courses aimed at younger,
aspiring cooks. Venetia has developed a keen interest in cooking
for those with dietary requirements looking and testing recipes
that all can enjoy. She also has a passion for bringing the joy
of cooking to all for pleasure and health.
said: "Recipes like my blackbean brownies have been very
popular, especially my young grandsons. It's great to find a sweet
treat that is healthy for us. I am very excited about being part
of the festival and hope I can introduce a few new recipes to
at 1pm, Bini Ludlow, right, takes to the stage. Bini is
the founder of Sweet Cumin, an authentic Indian cookery school
nestled in the Somerset countryside.
the South West she is a regular contributor to the local food
scene, speaking and attending at food festivals throughout the
also a blogger for the Huffington Post, bylining regular guest
columns and appearing on a number of television food programmes.
said: "I will be cooking up some delicious Indian treats
using ingredients from the festival - all will be easy to replicate
at home and I hope to introduce some new flavours to the visitors."
festival has also announced that Great Burnham Bake Off winners
Nigel and Pat Smith will be demonstrating on the KDS Fresh ideas
Stage at 2pm.
Smith, a teacher at Churchill's Academy and a popular local baker,
will be sharing the secrets of his award wining sourdough bread,
aided and abetted by his son, Patrick."
pictured with Patrick, said: "We will be showing how easy
it is to make sourdough artisan loaves at home. Try this method
and you will produce bread packed with flavour and character."
Pat and I were delighted to be asked to do a demonstration at
the Burnham Food and Drink Festival. We have been going to the
event since it started and we love the buzz that it creates around
the town. Being involved directly is very exciting."
organiser Sarah Milner Simonds explained the thoughts behind this
season's chef choices.
have brought together three popular local cooking talents on the
stage this October, each bringing something we know our audiences
enjoy. We have Bini's spicy Indian flavours; Venetia's cookery
aimed at those who are just starting or who want to cook exciting
food that caters for dietary requirments and Nigel & Pat with
their 'Doh! Sourdough' demo. All the chefs we have picked are
skilled at sharing their tips, techniques and ideas and encouraging
our audiences to have a go for themselves."
added that all the demos will offer samples to taste afterwards.
The Burnham on Sea Food & Drink Festival is on Saturday 31st
October in the town centre and runs from 9am. The KDS Demo Stage
opens at 12pm. No tickets are required and seating (and samples)
are on a first-come-first-served basis.