Burnham-on-Sea Food Festival set for big return

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:27 05 October 2016

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Burnham-on-Sea Food Festival has been crowned the best food event in Somerset, and the organisers of the bi-annual event have now announced new additions ahead of its return in October.

Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds – who are the brains behind the festival – have had plenty to celebrate this year and can now add being given a Somerset Life award to their list of achievements.

Burnham’s food festival went head to head against Exmoor Food Festival and Taunton Farmers’ Market for the title and came home victorious.

Sarah said: “When we started the festival four years ago it was a direct reaction to the greengrocers closing – now Burnham is home to the best food event in Somerset.”

Beverley added: “We do this to make where we live better, bring long term economic benefit to Somerset and to celebrate the fantastic producers.”

Despite all the celebrations, the two organisers have been hard at work thinking of innovative additions for the festival in October.

One of the biggest new initiatives is one which aims to help young entrepreneurs – new businesses will be able to trade for free at the festival and will receive business advice and will be able to attend a design workshop.

This opportunity is available to any young person who has a strong product which they could sell at the festival.

Sarah said: “It has long been an ambition of ours to put younger producers on centre-stage.

“Now, with the assistance of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, we have been able to offer these pitches at the festival, and support for fledgling businesses. It is aimed at local 16 to 24-year-olds who are just starting out in trading.

“They might have started selling to friends, been selling online or this might be just the opportunity that sees them put a bright idea into action.”

As well as this, the festival is also welcoming back an old favourite with the Great Burnham Brew Off returning.

This competition is to celebrate home brewing and there will be categories for beer, liqueurs and infusions – which include sloe gin and flavoured vodka.

Beverley said: “This is a fun competition, with all home brewers encouraged to look out a bottle of their top tipple and bring it along on October 22 for judging.”

For more information, visit the food festival website.

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