Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘Superb’ Eat: Weston makes an excellent debut in town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 April 2017

Ginger Beard's Preservers, Harry Calvert with a happy customer.

Ginger Beard's Preservers, Harry Calvert with a happy customer.

Archant

Weston’s High Street was basking in the sun on Saturday, with its brand new food festival making quite an impression on the town.

Taylor's traditional bakers. Chris Black. Taylor's traditional bakers. Chris Black.

More than 60 traders from in and around Weston showcased a host of delicious food and drink, alongside the monthly producers’ market.

The event was organised by Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds, who are the brains behind the bi-annual Eat: Burnham festival and host similar events in Taunton and Wellington.

But this is the first time they have been to Weston and the two foodies told the Mercury the day could not have gone better.

Beverley said: “It went like a dream. We designed the event to bring local people into the heart of the town, to rediscover 
their high street and discover some great produce at the regular farmers’ market.

“Some of the traders reported record sales and we are very proud to have given them a boost. It was a great start.”

As well as bustling stalls, there were live cooking demonstrations and livestock to show exactly where Somerset food comes from.

Sarah added: “There was a lot of excitement in the town 
with the tractors at one end of 
the high street, the lambs in the middle and the great street food throughout.

“Comments from visitors have been overwhelmingly positive and we have been gathering views from the Business Improvement District and businesses in the town centre. And it was such a glorious spring 
day.

Eat: Weston on its debut. Eat: Weston on its debut.

“We would love to help create this vibe again in Weston’s town centre.”

It was not just the organisers who were pleased with how the day went, with North Somerset Council chairman John Crockford-Hawley impressed by the turnout.

He said: “I’d like to congratulate the organisers and stall holders for a superb day. I don’t 
think I’ve ever seen High Street quite so crowded.

“Hopefully our permanent traders also benefited from 
the influx of visitors. Many people I spoke to were really enthusiastic about Weston’s future and it was particularly encouraging to hear from several young Bristol families who 
had decided to settle in Weston 
town centre or on the hillside, citing not just property prices but quality of life.

Sarah and Beverley Milner Simonds with Weston Mayor Alan Peak and his wife Jackie. Sarah and Beverley Milner Simonds with Weston Mayor Alan Peak and his wife Jackie.

“As one might expect at a food festival recent improvements 
in local restaurant provision 
also featured highly in conversation.”

Other News Stories

A Weston-super-Mare women’s group has filled 500 backpacks which will help some of the world’s poorest children.

Read more
12:00

A Weston woman who received a kidney from her mum is calling on people to back a new organ donation system which could save thousands of lives.

Read more

A body art festival will be held at Weston Museum to coincide with its facial hair and tattoo exhibition.

Read more

Youngsters on Weston-super-Mare’s Bournville and Oldmixon estates got their hands dirty during the half-term break.

Read more
11:00

Free story sessions are running at libraries across North Somerset to celebrate World Book Day.

Read more
10:00

An award-winning Weston-super-Mare chef will sign copies of his debut book at Waterstones on Saturday.

Read more

A 35-year-old man was arrested by police yesterday (Wednesday) on suspicion of possession with intent to supply the drug spice in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more

A record number of litter pickers gathered to clean Burnham-on-Sea’s beach.

Read more
07:27

‘Vulnerable’ property-hunters have been warned to ‘tread carefully’ after an online scam offering tenants reduced rates on homes was discovered.

Read more

Money allocated by Weston Town Council to help homeless people living on the town’s streets will be allocated to a night shelter, it has been decided.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -1°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder