April 25, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival organisers bid for 'Rural Oscar'

Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival organisers Bev & Sarah Milner Simonds are hoping to be celebrating this Wednesday (April 27th) when they take a trip to the House of Lords for the 'Rural Oscars'.

The twice-yearly festival has been shortlisted into the Countryside Alliance Awards, also known as the Rural Oscars, for their contribution to Tourism in the region.

They are competing against opposition from across the UK in these prestigious awards that seek to celebrate those who contribute to the rural economy.

Co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds told "We are honoured to have been shortlisted in these national awards and getting this far is a testament to our volunteer's professionalism, our trader's creativity and our local sponsors support enabling us to build this event into one of the region's premier celebrations of local food and drink."

"We are very pleased to be accompanied to the awards by James Heappey MP and our principle sponsor, The Retreat Caravan Park."

Countryside Alliance Awards director Jill Grieve said: "These finalists are all exceptional – we have been overwhelmed by nominations this year so for them to get this far is a huge achievement. The secret to the Rural Oscars’ popularity is that they honour the people involved in these businesses and not just their produce or services."

"They exist to sing the praises of those who work hard to keep our communities and rural economy ticking. We are delighted to offer this platform to enable people to say “thank you” to them for all they contribute.

"I wish all of these businesses well as judging gets underway, there are going to be some hard decisions ahead."


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