The shortlist for the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2019 has been announced and Burnham-On-Sea’s Food Festival organisers are celebrating after being shortlisted in FOUR categories. 

The 16th annual Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in Roman Baths and Pump Rooms in Bath on November 27th and will see the very best in the industry gain recognition from the prestigious awards.

Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds from eat:Festivals have been shortlisted in the categories for Best Practice, Event of the Year, Event Organiser of the Year and Event Team of the Year.

Bev told “We are over the moon to be recognised for our efforts by our peers on the national stage. We are especially pleased to have the broader production team recognised in the Event Team category.”

Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival

“We have worked hard together to create our festivals and the handpicked team of professionals we work with are top of their game.”

“We are also thrilled that our new project, West Country Food Adventures, sponsored by Old Mill, which launched this summer has been recognised in the Best Event category.”

Susan Tanner, NOEA’s Chief Executive, said:  “This year again saw an increase in entries, and the quality of the submissions was also very high. It’s been a real challenge for our judges to decide on the three or four shortlisted in each category.”

Alistair Turner, Chair of the Judging Panel, added: “The entries were again incredibly strong this year and shows our industry in really good health. It is a huge achievement for those shortlisted today and we look forward to seeing who is named as winners in November.”

The broader eat:Festivals family is also celebrating when the shortlist for Best Caterer was revealed with all four finalists being members of the eat:Festivals family.

Sarah Milner Simonds from eat:Festivals added: “We set out to ensure you can taste some of the best food and drink in the county at our 16 festivals – but now we know you can sample some of the best food of the country. Blu Fire, High Steaks, The Mighty Soft Shell Crab and Kinori are exceptional hot food traders.”

NOEA is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association, representing outdoor event professionals across government, business, and through specialised areas such as policing and local government policy.


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