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‘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.

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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.”

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