April 28, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival highly commended at 'Rural Oscars'

Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival has this week been awarded a 'Highly Commended' award at the Countryside Alliance Awards ceremony.

Festival organisers Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds travelled to the House of Lords in London on Wednesday (April 27th) to receive the award from Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Liz Truss.

Sarah told "We are shocked and amazed to have been recognised at these national awards. The festival is in its 4th year and we are proud of what we have achieved so far. None of this would have been possible without our great crew of stewards, amazing local producers, committed sponsors and supportive partners."

Beverley added: "The Countryside Alliance Awards are so well respected that we are humbled to join the list of people they have recognised. We hope that this puts Burnham on Sea in the national spotlight for all the right reasons.
A big thank you to our principle sponsor, The Retreat Caravan Park who were able to join us today to celebrate."

Burnham's MP James Heappey said: "Many congratulations to Burnham Food & Drink Festival who were highly commended in The Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars in Parliament."

"Bev and Sarah have done a wonderful job in building the Burnham Food & Drink Festival into the huge event it is today - a tremendous showcase for all the fantastic things that are grown and produced in Somerset."

The festival was recognised for its contribution to tourism locally. The next festival is at the start of the late May bank holiday weekend and the pair are hoping that the festival encourages more people to choose Burnham on Sea for a longer break at start of the half term.


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