PREVIEW: Eat: Weston returns this weekend and promises to be 'bigger and better'
PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 September 2017
Eat: Weston is set to return to the town's High Street on Saturday and organisers Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds say they are still surprised at how they have managed to organise it at such short notice.
The one-day food festival will be in the town centre from 10am-4pm and is replacing the Weston super Food Festival, which was cancelled unexpectedly back in June.
Since then, the two experienced festival organisers have worked closely with North Somerset Council, Weston Town Council, Weston BID and other Weston organisations to pull together the day at short notice.
A host of delicious local produce will be showcased in the centre, and there will also be live cookery demonstrations, and a chance to get involved in a live cookery school in Grove Village.
Beverly told the Mercury she was supposed to be on holiday when she heard the food festival originally billed for this weekend was cancelled.
She said: “When it was announced at the end of June Weston super Food Festival was no longer happening, we were on a boat with a tent and a dog, bound for a quiet holiday.
“We were a bit surprised when Weston’s local food-makers, shop-owners, councillors and festival fans started piling in the emails asking us to produce our own event in its place. With the help of the local councils and BID, we pulled this festival together in double-quick time.”
Beverley and Sarah organise food festivals across Somerset, including the extremely successful bi-annual Eat: Burnham and just two weeks ago ran an event in Wellington.
The Eat festival brand made its Weston debut in April and proved to be a huge success.
At Eat: Weston’s launch last week, Beverley and Sarah said they could not have done it without the ‘excellent’ support of North Somerset Council.
Throughout the day, people can also enjoy some live music, with buskers taking to the streets, as well as all the delicious food and drink.
Beverley added: “We all hope you have a fantastic day and discover more of the things that make Weston such a great place to live.
“Make sure you look out for the brilliant showmakers, Weston Eagles and members of Weston Youth Council, who can guide you through the festival.”