festival hailed a success despite Storm Brian halting trading early
of people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday for the
town's eleventh Food & Drink Festival, despite strong winds
from Storm Brian leading to outdoor trading finishing early.
of traders showcased the best of Somerset food and drink across
the town centre, alongside cookery demonstrations, tractors and
Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com the event had been a
success, even though outdoor traders were asked to stop trading
at 1pm because of safety concerns caused by the high winds from
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are really pleased - we had a
busy morning of trade in breezy sunshine. We then took the Met Office
advice to finish trading at 1pm with the support of our traders.
We kept our indoor entertainment going through the afternoon but
I think we made the right call after a good day's trading."
the visitors was TV's Great British Bake Off competitor Val
Stones, pictured above with the event's marshalls.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was superb to be here in Burnham.
I've had a great day, selling cakes for a breast cancer charity
and the people of Burnham have been very generous with their support."
MP James Heappey was among the crowd during Saturday's festival,
meeting traders and visitors.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Bev and Sarah put in so much work
on this amazing day every six months and are to be congratulated."
reported a positive day of limited hours trade. Alex Rubbo at Taylors
Bakery said: "We've done fairly well and were still swelling
as we packed up. It's a great shame about the weather but that can't
enjoyed a day of entertainment with tractors, livestock, music,
demos, workshops and scores of food stalls. The food and drink producers
offered staples like cheese, bread, chutneys and meats alongside
cakes, chocolates, wines and pies plus hot foods.
Vowles at MD Kidner fruit and veg said they'd had a good day: "It
was the right decision to stop treading at lunchtime to keep everyone
safe after a good morning's trade."
centre shops reported mixed trade through the day with shops at
the southern end mostly quiet, but those nearer the festival busy.
Monaghan at KDS Interiors in Victoria Street said: "We had
a good day - it was busy and we have four new sales leads."
Gaynor Wright at Sea Foods said: "It's been really busy for
us - we set up a stall outside the shop and it attracted lots of
Ron Bashford added: "We have had a busy day, there werfe more
customers than I expected considering the weather."