crowd of 27,000 people flock to Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival
of people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday for the
town's tenth Food & Drink Festival which was hailed a big success
by traders and organisers.
130 traders showcased the best of Somerset food and drink across
the town centre, alongside displays that included cookery demonstrations,
tractors and farm animals.
Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com the total footfall had
been 27,000 during the day, as recorded by the people counters.
said: "We are thrilled with how the 10th festival went. The
streets were crowded from when we opened to when we closed. We have
had great feedback from our traders, local businesses and visitors.
It was a glorious day to be beside the seaside. This was our tenth
festival and when we return in October the focus will be changing
with more 'making and learning something new' sessions than ever
before. A big thank you to all those who help to make this event
tenth festival opened at 9am and while the morning saw grey weather,
the sunshine burst out in the afternoon.
visitors enjoyed a day of entertainment with tractors, livestock,
buskers, demos, workshops and scores of food stalls in five indoor
venues and a large outdoor market.
food and drink producers offered staples like cheese, bread, chutneys
and meats alongside cakes, chocolates, wines and pies plus hot foods.
Somerset's Claire Carter hosted the cooking demonstrations at the
Fresh Ideas Demo Stage, sponsored by Burnham's KDS Interiors, where
six popular cooking talents each brought something they know for
audiences to enjoy. They included children's cookery authors Kate
Morris and Sally Brown, pictured above.
reported mixed trade during the day. Xocolat's Mandy Gair said:
"We were really busy, it was our busiest event yet. Our marshmallows
and fudge were the top sellers!"
Sowerby at Great Tastes added: "We saw fair trade, but it's
a superb festival that is very well run."
Lee at Bumblees added: "It's been a quieter year for us than
previously - there were lots of similar traders selling preserves,
but but overall we love this festival."
Hawker at Hawker's Venison said: "It's been an excellent day
- we did very well and almost sold out."
Hary Fry at Harry's Cider added: "It's been a great day on
our third year at this festival. We always have a great day - this
is one of the best food festivals that we do."
Kidner at MD Kidner fruit and veg said they'd had a "superb
day" with a lorry full of fruit and veg being sold.
centre shops reported mixed trade through the day with shops at
the southern end quiet, but others around the festival busy.
Monaghan at KDS Interiors in Victoria Street said: "We had
a great day - it was very busy for us and we even sold a whole kitchen
Foods's Gaynor Wright added: "It's been really busy for us
- we set up a stall outside the shop and attracted lots of passing
Hardware's Phil Hemming added: "It's not been much different
for us - there were plenty of extra people outside but no extra
and Things's Julie Dean said: "It's been a good day for us,
we were busier morning than normal and had promoted varioius festival
day special offers and multi-buy deals online which worked well."
Ron Bashford added: "We have had a busy day, and it was good
to see new customers coming in - we saw some good sales from visitors."
'People's choice' award for best in show went to Gluten Free Gourmet,
Jack Horners pies was named 'best in show' - its owner James Davies,
pictured above, said he was "very proud and hugely chuffed."
Beef won the festival's 'Local Food Hero' award, which was presented
by the event's organisers and Lib Dem election candidate Tessa Munt,
candidate James Heappey was also spotted out and about during Saturday's
festival, meeting traders and visitors, as below.
to the festival were spoilt for choice, with a wide range of locally-produced
hot and cold food went on sale at the event.
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