Big crowds expected for Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival
Food & Drink Festival makes a welcome return to the town centre
today (Saturday, May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores
of free displays and attractions on offer.
tenth festival will open at 9am and run through the day until 4pm,
providing a day of entertainment with tractors, livestock, buskers,
demos, workshops and scores of food stalls to explore in five indoor
venues and a large outdoor market.
food and drink producers will be offering staples like cheese, bread,
chutneys and meats alongside cakes, chocolates, wines and pies.
outdoor market will be full of street-food traders offering jerk
chicken, low and slow BBQ, Japanese noodles, Russian kebabs, vegan
treats and more.
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.
celebrate the tenth festival, the organisers are bringing together
the past winners of the Great Burnham Bake Off. The 'Champion of
Champions' challenge is a chance to find the definitive best of
Burnham's bakers, recreating their trophy-winning recipes from previous
for those newbies who have never entered the Great Burnham Bake
Off there is a great debut challenge - Bake us a tenth birthday
cake! A junior & senior class, both will be judged on taste,
appearance and trueness to form.
Come and see the cakes, bakes and breads on display in the Hawksmoor
Cookery School on Princess Street centre until 2pm when entries
close and judging commences. The trophies and prizes will be awarded
at 4pm when it's oven-gloves off for our competitive bakers!
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 five indoor venues
will also be chefs, a cookery school, entertainment, a cookery school
and more - we'll have more through the week.
co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: "This is our tenth
festival in Burnham-On-Sea and we are back once again with some
'ill behaviour'; animals in the street, tractors on the pavement,
smoke in the air and the most wonderful local produce for the fire
in your bellies."
makes us insanely proud to know that so many of you have a taste
for the brilliant food and drink made and grown around our lovely
town and a healthy appetite for more. We hear often from stall-holders
how much they enjoy the vibe here - interested shoppers, hungry
punters, a great social and very supportive group of traders."
the Fresh Ideas Demo Stage at Burnham Baptist Church in College
Street, sponsored by Burnham's KDS Interiors, six popular cooking
talents will each bring something they know that audiences will
have children's cookery authors Kate Morris and Sally Brown cooking
up flavours from around the world - which led to them to develop
the CBeebies show "I Can Cook"."
Simpson of Somerset Charcuterie will give a taster of his Charcuterie
Course; while others include Matt Brooks, head chef at The Railway
Inn of Sandford; Steve Fowell, SW regional winner of School Chef
of the Year 2017, pictured right, of Mendip Green
First School, sharing his ability to create inspiring food for just
over £1 a portion. It will all be hosted by BBC Somerset's
Claire Carter from 11am.
Cookery School, above, will provide a hands-on workshop all day
starting at 11am and then 12.30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm at Somerset Skills
and Learning Centre in Princess Street for visitors to experiment
with some exciting, punchy flavours and bring out the best in early
a group, you will create a zingy peanut, lime and ginger dressing
for a rice and carrot noodle salad; a Japanese influenced dressing
for spiralised courgettes; and a creamy vegan chocolate mousse,"
said a spokesewoman. "You will then make your very own version
of the nation's favourite dip, hummus."
will be lots of opportunity to taste, adjust, share and discuss
- and all the recipes are available to take home afterwards."
Suitable for adults and families with children aged 7+.
will be plenty of entertainment at the festival too. The Ritz Social
Club are hosting an Acoustic Stage in Victoria Street for the first
time. Some of the regular performers from the club are stepping
outside and providing some laid-back tunes for the afternoon.
off at around 12 there will also be a performance by 'We Three'
who are a fantastic local country trio, then for a taste of something
different the 'Ritzy Glitzy Line Dancers' will perform, followed
by 'Reg & Dave' with a mixture of Blues Americano.
will be lots of seating around the festival, buskers, tractors from
Smart Agri children's rides, a traditional Punch & Judy show,
pictured below, (featuring Mike's Pork sausages!), a face painter,
entertainers and children's play area co-ordinated by St Andrews
Church. There are also giant tractors, lambs from Levels Lamb, ducks
and encouraging new traders is really important to the festival
and this May the tea have picked two bursary winners. Homemade by
Queenie & Clan are a new preserves company based in Cheddar
and will be on the High Street. Harriet's Kitchen is by far the
team's youngest trader to date; Harriet is aged just 7 and will
be making smoothies to order in the Methodist Church.
co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: "It makes us insanely
proud to know that so many of you have a taste for the brilliant
food & drink made and grown around our lovely town and a healthy
appetite for more. We hear often from stall-holders how much they
enjoy the vibe here - interested shoppers, hungry punters, a great
social and very supportive group of traders."