IN PICTURES: Eat: Weston organisers ‘blown away’ by brilliant turn out

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 April 2018

Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.

Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.

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A wet start did not deter a crowd of around 30,000 people visiting Weston’s Italian Gardens on Saturday for the first food festival of the year.

Happy customers at the Country Bumkins stall.Happy customers at the Country Bumkins stall.

Eat: Weston came to town for its third event at the weekend and showcased the very best in local food and drink produce.

The rainy start did not put off producers or visitors from enjoying a day out with their friends and family.

Co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds was ‘thrilled’ with how the event went and the team had a number of requests for the festival to become more frequent.

She added: “We had such positivity beforehand but the number of people (who came) and the great feedback on the day has blown us away.

Charcoal is a small catering company made up of a team of like-minded passionate foodies, run by chef James Horrigan.Charcoal is a small catering company made up of a team of like-minded passionate foodies, run by chef James Horrigan.

“Our producers brought more stock than ever before and we still had many selling out and reports of record sales.

“Thank you to our sponsors, Retreat Caravan Park and The Sovereign Shopping Centre, who hosted the demo stage.

“Steve Fowell and the other chefs had great engagement and enthusiasm from the crowds of curious families.

“The Hawksmoor Cookery School out on the Italian Gardens was busy all day and it will be returning with another vegetarian cookery school next time.”

Eat: Weston festival helpers.Eat: Weston festival helpers.

The crowd enjoyed an eclectic mix of music throughout the day alongside face-painting, balloon-modelling and Punch ‘n’ Judy shows.

Sarah Milner Simonds praised the hardwork of the Weston Eagles who hosted a family trail and manned the information booth, saying it ‘did Weston proud’.

She added: “Our initiative to be 100 per cent single use plastic free and use compostable packaging worked very well – but we know we need more bins.”

Kitchen Garden Plant Centre were awarded the people’s choice for Best In Show.

Sarah from the Instow Kitchen.Sarah from the Instow Kitchen.

Crumpets Cakes were award the sponsor’s choice, Old Mill Accounting.

Bev also thanked First Bus, Naked Signs, Westcoast Properties, North Somerset Council and Weston BID for their ‘encouragement’ and ‘support’.

The next Eat: Weston will be held on September 22 and Eat: Christmas will take place on December 15.

Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.

Hills Bakery.Hills Bakery.

Hullabaloos Lemonade.Hullabaloos Lemonade.

Hullabaloos Lemonade.Hullabaloos Lemonade.

Simon Ebdon and Vicky Abbott from Ebdon Firewood Ltd.Simon Ebdon and Vicky Abbott from Ebdon Firewood Ltd.

Simon Ebdon and Vicky Abbott from Ebdon Firewood Ltd.Simon Ebdon and Vicky Abbott from Ebdon Firewood Ltd.

Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.

Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.

Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.

Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.Steve Fowell cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre.

Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.

Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.

Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.

Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.Ryan Spencer cooking demo in the Sovereign Centre, with Steve Fowell.

Stefanos homemade food.Stefanos homemade food.

Russell Smith - Somerset Charcuterie.Russell Smith - Somerset Charcuterie.

Great pizzas from StrEat Pizza.Great pizzas from StrEat Pizza.

'Mike's Pork' from Burnham on Sea, Mike Smith.'Mike's Pork' from Burnham on Sea, Mike Smith.

Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.

Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.

Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.

Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.

Lee Langridge - The Wicked Chilli.Lee Langridge - The Wicked Chilli.

Oliver Grubb from the Ministry of Fudge.Oliver Grubb from the Ministry of Fudge.

Neil Jones - Kitchen Garden Plant Centre.Neil Jones - Kitchen Garden Plant Centre.

Mei's quality homemade sauces.Mei's quality homemade sauces.

Happy customers at Stefanos homemade food.Happy customers at Stefanos homemade food.

The WiseBartender 0% alcohol specialists.The WiseBartender 0% alcohol specialists.

Riches Farmhouse Cider.Riches Farmhouse Cider.

India in a Jar by Chef Collin Pereira.India in a Jar by Chef Collin Pereira.

Ginger Beard's Preserves, Harry Calvert.Ginger Beard's Preserves, Harry Calvert.

Happy customers at Hudnott's hand-crafted natural concoctions.Happy customers at Hudnott's hand-crafted natural concoctions.

The folks from XocolaT with handmade Belgian chocolate.The folks from XocolaT with handmade Belgian chocolate.

Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.Eat: Weston in the Italian Gardens.

DJ Tom Court providing the sound track for the festival.DJ Tom Court providing the sound track for the festival.

Times Past Cheese Dairy - Stephen and Janice Webber.Times Past Cheese Dairy - Stephen and Janice Webber.

Louise Nutts - Nutts Scotch Eggs.Louise Nutts - Nutts Scotch Eggs.

Epic Beers Limited - Graham Dunbavan, Mark Davey and Dave Turner.Epic Beers Limited - Graham Dunbavan, Mark Davey and Dave Turner.

Weston Bicycle Works.Weston Bicycle Works.

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