New food festival to come to Weston next year
PUBLISHED: 18:00 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:37 14 February 2018
A new Weston-super-Mare food festival hopes to boost the local economy and to celebrate all dietary needs and lifestyle choices.
Eat: Festivals has announced the latest food event which will grace Weston’s High Street – Eat: Vegan.
It is nearly a year off but the team behind Eat: Weston food and drink festivals are developing plans for a new festival during January 2019 – or Veganuary as it is sometimes known.
Co-organisers Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds said: “Through our festivals, we are aiming to give people options for buying local food and drink, understand the supply chain and provide the skills for growing, preparing and cooking food and drink.
“People make their own choices and we offer options which meet the needs of vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs, flexitarians and omnivores.
“When the Weston Business Improvement District (BID) came to us and asked us to develop a new festival which was for vegetarian or vegans we leapt at the chance.
“It gives us the chance to work with local businesses like Replenish, Coco’s Canteen, Loves and the Food Den plus the many other restaurants under the international umbrella of Veganuary.
“We are not saying one food choice is right or wrong – we want people to understand their choice and choose local where possible.
“January 2019 may seem a long way off but taking the time to plan a great festival that is the right fit for Weston is really important to us.”
Veganuary is a charity month which inspires people to try the vegan lifestyle for January, and continue it throughout the year if they wish.
People cut out any products which come from animals, including eggs, dairy and honey as well as those tested on animals or are made from animals, like leather.
Town centre manager Steve Townsend said Weston BID is keen to kick-off another event which would boost footfall in the town centre.
He added: “Eat: Weston food festival are brilliant and we absolutely love working with them. They always deliver exactly what we want to a great quality.
“Eat: Vegan will open people’s eyes to bespoke local producers.”
Eat: Weston will be held on April 7 and will take place in the town’s High Street and Italian Gardens.