Festival showcasing best of North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 September 2012

Some of North Somerset's finest produce - including ale - will be showcased throughout the festival

Some of North Somerset's finest produce - including ale - will be showcased throughout the festival


WHETHER it is food, drink, arts or drama you are interested in, the Made In North Somerset festival will have plenty on offer for you over the course of its three weeks.

The event will take place across the district from September 15 to October 7 and feature arts showcases, workshops and tasting sessions.

Following the success of last year’s festival, this year even more manufacturers will open their doors so the public can take a glimpse at how their products are created.

The extravaganza will be launched at Sidcot Arts Centre on September 15 with an arts exhibition showcase organised by North Somerset Arts.

The event will feature creative workshops led by local artists where beginners can try their hand at and find out more about oil painting, designing their own book cover, publishing an art portfolio on Amazon Kindle and creating fused-glass jewellery.

This will be followed by a theatre performance of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, featuring North Somerset dramatists.

Throughout the following three weeks food, drink and craft producers across North Somerset will open their doors to hold events on their own premises.

Among those events will be brewery tours and tastings at Butcombe Brewery, apple pressing at the Ethicurian in Wrington, a DIY jazz restaurant in Winscombe, a trip round Court Farm in Banwell to meet its herds of cattle and sheep, fly-fishing taster lessons at Jacklands Fishing Lakes in Tickenham and local tasting menus at the Strawberry Line Café in Yatton and Oak and Glass restaurant in Weston.

For the creatively-minded there will be workshops in hot-glass work by Claire Hall, jewellery, fused glass and felting by Coburg Crafts and Mydsomer Studio, tile-making at Banwell Pottery and furniture-making at West Country Wood Design.

The Made In North Somerset food and craft showcase will bring together 40 producers at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield Estate on September 30.

To find out more and download a programme, visit www.innorthsomerset.co.uk/madein or call the council’s rural economic development officer, Mandie Berry, on 01934 426341.

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