Food and Drink Festival returns this Saturday
Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival returns to the town centre
this Saturday (October 22nd) with a great line-up of entertainment,
competitions and the best food and drink producers from across Somerset.
ninth festival opens at 9am and is free to attend, and will provide
a day-long experience with buskers, demos, workshops and over 120
stalls to explore in five indoor venues and at a large outdoor market.
a fantastic selection of producers including stables like cheese,
bread, chutneys and meats - but also cakes, chocolates, wines and
pies. The outdoor markets will be full of the best street-food traders
- from jerk chicken and low and slow BBQ to Japanese noodles, Russian
kebabs and vegan treats.
festival has also included a select few non-food stalls like wooden
chopping boards and vintage kitchenalia.
festival has also selected several traders who will be showcasing
the perfect choice for Christmas day meals and gifts.
spoke to the festival organisers and got a round-up of what to expect
on the day and some of the highlights.
competition hub will be The Cookery School in Princess Street. The
Great Burnham Bake Off, sponsored by The Retreat Caravan Park, opens
for entry drop offs at 9am. You have to have your loaf, cake or
tart submitted, with a completed entry by 2pm. Judges, including
the Development Cook at The Humble Pie Co. and four-times Bake Off
winner Dusica Roberts, will be announcing the winners at 4pm. The
festival is looking for family favourite recipes and a new pie flavour
for The Humble Pie Co. Download an entry form for young bakers,
adults or families from the festival website.
visitors to the festival will have the chance to vote for their
favourite trader and could win a years subscription to Somerset
Life magazine. Collect a card from one of the friendly stewards
and post your vote for Best in Show at one of the 5 indoor venues
the Fresh Ideas Demo Stage, sponsored by Burnham's KDS Interiors,
the organisers have brought together six popular cooking talents,
each bringing something they know the festival audiences will enjoy.
is Manvenna Walia, founder of Somerset Curry Club, with spicy Indian
flavours; Justin Reeves & Liam Finnegan's cookery aimed at sharing
the tips from award-winning kitchens; Apprentice contestant Alana
Spencer's story is an inspiration to all young entrepreneurs just
starting out on their journey and Ben Fotre and Dan Shahin of UnitedQ
- two guys who are so passionate about their cooking that fear that
they may cook all night! 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.
festival always likes to have a few surprises and this autumn it
will be hosting the Bridgwater Harley Davidson Owner's Club. They
will be parked up on the High Street - by the hog roast!
will be lots of seating around the festival, plus buskers, a magician,
children's rides, a traditional Punch & Judy show (featuring
Mike's Pork sausages), a face painter, entertainers and a children's
play area co-ordinated by St Andrew's Church. Plus giant tractors,
lambs from Plotgate, ducks and turkeys.
organiser Bev Milner Simonds said: "The introducing
Makers Market offers creative entrepreneurs aged 16-24 the chance
to trade for free at the festival and get free business, finance
and design advice. With the support of our partners The Design Hive
and Nat West and a contribution from Burnham and Highbridge Town
Council, we have finally been able to put young makers in the spotlight
where we think they belong."
festival ends trading at 4pm - but the fun doesn't stop then with
the Ritz Social Club's annual cider festival in full swing continuing
into the evening.
organiser Sarah Milner Simonds added: "Harvest time for many
offers a chance to replenish the stores for winter. It is good to
be reminded of the significance of harvest when you can buy asparagus
in a supermarket all year round. For us, knowing that what we eat
comes from where we live makes us feel secure, proud and connected
to the land somehow."
live in a very fertile place. We hope that by sharing our love of
local food through this festival we can also share those feelings
of security, pride and connectedness to the people who most need
organisers are asking visitors to check the list on trusselltrust.org
and bring donations to The Methodist Church on the day to donate
to our local Foodbank.
added: "We want our visitors to try, taste and buy the local
goodies on offer, knowing that your money goes straight back into
the communities that surround us and keep Somerset buoyant. These
expert food producers are mainly based within 25 miles of Burnham-on-Sea
and we hope that such a huge diversity of the highest quality produce
might inspire us to look at the place we live a little differently.
We all our visitors, traders and guests a wonderful day at the festival."
find out more about the festival, download trader lists, entry forms
and maps visit www.burnhamonseafoodfestival.org.