The team behind Burnham-On-Sea’s food and drink festival is bidding to bag a cash boost from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative to help grow the event’s food and drink education.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork for its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

eat:Burnham is one of the groups on the shortlist this winter. If successful, the funding has been earmarked to support the food and drink education elements of the two local festivals including cook school and demos.

The team are aiming to double the capacity of the workshops by hiring more chefs and using a larger venue.

“We know how popular the educational elements of the festival are and it is important that we keep these free. We haven’t asked for the maximum amount, but this funding will help us provide more opportunities for people to learn about good, healthy, local food,” said Bev Milner Simonds.

Voting is open in Burnham’s Frank Foley Tesco store in November and December and customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. The other two organisations are In Charley’s Memory and AEDdonate.

Other Burnham projects that have already benefited from the Bags of Help scheme include BOSFest, St Andrew’s School, Apex Park Play Day and East Huntspill Pre-School.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

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