Eat: Weston could replace Weston super Food Festival this September

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 July 2017

Eat: Weston was a big success earlier this year.

Eat: Weston was a big success earlier this year.

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Plans for a second Eat: Weston festival in place of Weston super Food Festival are now underway, the Mercury can reveal today (Thursday).

Eat: Weston took place on April 8 in High Street.Eat: Weston took place on April 8 in High Street.

This follows the news reported last week by the Mercury that one of the most exciting events in Weston’s calendar has been cancelled.

The organisers of Eat: Weston, which made its debut in High Street on April 8, say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response from local traders, who have encouraged them to put on a food festival on the same weekend the Weston super Food Festival had been scheduled for.

MORE: Read about why Weston super Food Festival was cancelled.

Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds – who have extensive experience hosting food festivals in Somerset – were asked to take over the Weston super Food Festival, which was set to take place at the Tropicana on September 16 and 17, but said they were unable to take it on at that time.

Beverley said: “The day before Sally (Packer) announced the cancellation of Weston super Food festival, she asked us to take on the management of it. We felt unable to take it on in the format she offered it at that stage.

Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds are the brains behind Eat: Weston.Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds are the brains behind Eat: Weston.

“But since then we have been overwhelmed by local traders asking us to put on a food festival that weekend.

“And town centre businesses have reminded us of the positive impact of our Eat: Weston event in April.

“After Eat: Weston we were asked by businesses and councillors to put on more frequent events in the town centre, to animate the Italian Gardens, to work again with local businesses and be more involved with the community projects we got to know. We would love to do this again in September.

“But we need to know that the town and district councils are supportive of the idea.

“Eat: Festivals are about small, new or local food producers – the kinds of businesses which grow from the land around us.

“We are not prepared to pass on unreasonable charges to those that want to take part.”

MORE: Read about this year’s Eat: Weston food festival.

Talks with North Somerset Council are set to take place this week, it has been confirmed.

A spokesman for the authority said: “The Eat: Weston event in April was a great event and we are looking forward to working with the organisers again.

“No arrangements have yet been made for September but we will be meeting with the Eat: Weston team later this week and hope to formalise things then.”

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