food festival organisers celebrate awards success
organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink festivals are celebrating
again after scooping a host of prizes at national, regional and
local award ceremonies.
Burnham-based organisation behind 'Eat: Festivals' was named "Best
Food Market" in the UK at the National Association of British
Market Authorities Great British Market Awards last week in Birmingham.
citation said that "Food and drink continues to be a focus
for markets to remain relevant. The winner of Best Food Market,
eat:Festivals, continues to drive footfall and put back into their
community with youth initiatives and emphasis on local produce in
Streets Minister Jake Berry said at the event: "Thriving markets
are crucial to the prosperity of Britains high streets, their
local economies and also make an important contribution to the vitality
of our communities. They can also offer invaluable start-up opportunities
for budding entrepreneurs keen to trial new ideas and products."
follows an outstanding achievement of a Silver award at the South
West England Tourism Excellence Awards on 1st February in Torquay
in the 'Tourism Event/Festival of the Year' category. The team collected
their award from the Met Office's Andy Yeatman, an apt choice considering
the massive storm that blew in during last October's Burnham-On-Sea
Saturday the pair were also shortlisted for their commitment to
Weston-super-Mare and engagement in the local community and as "Businesses
Women of the Year" at the 5th Weston Business Awards. They
won in the second category.
an emotional address, festival organiser Bev Milner Simonds said:
"It is customary to thank those who support you in your achievements
when accepting an award, we both wanted to say that we stand on
the shoulders of giants - our mothers, who inspire daily in our
drive to achieve more for the local producers we work with."
Sarah Milner Simonds added: "We are striving to build a sustainable
face-to-face trading interactions for producers from a wide rural
area, enabling them to connect with an increasingly urban consumer
work helps rural businesses grow and provides great marketing of
the five great towns we are pleased to be hosted by. We extend our
thanks to everyone who nominates us, the producers who work with
us, the sponsors who back us and the thousands of visitors who come
along and make each festival so memorable."
on the agenda is the judging visit from the Countryside Alliance
Awards where the team are one of only two named as South West England
Finalists across all categories from Somerset. They will be judged
in the Rural Enterprise category and this will be annouced in March,
with the winners going forward to the national 'Rural Oscars'.