May 23, 2017
Countdown to this Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival

Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre this Saturday (May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer.

The 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.

The food and drink producers will be offering staples like cheese, bread, chutneys and meats alongside cakes, chocolates, wines and pies.

The outdoor market will be full of street-food traders offering jerk chicken, low and slow BBQ, Japanese noodles, Russian kebabs, vegan treats and more.

We spoke to the festival organisers and got a round-up of what to expect on the day and some of the highlights.

The 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.

To 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 triumphs.

And 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!

All 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 before 3pm.

There will also be chefs, a cookery school, entertainment, a cookery school and more - we'll have more through the week.

Festival 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."

"It 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."


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