Food festival a ‘grate’ success despite stormy weather
PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:34 04 June 2014
THOUSANDS braved stormy conditions to turn out in force for Burnham’s food and drink festival last week.
Back for a fourth year, an estimated 5,000 people attended the town centre festival on 24 May where more than 80 traders sold a wide selection of produce, and included the regional heats of the UK Chilli Cook-Off and the final of the Great Burnham Bake Off.
They packed into the Princess, Somerset, Methodist and Baptist markets and along Burnham High Street for the eight-hour event, with a mix of fresh farm foods and cooked meals to apple juice and cider.
Co-organiser Beverley Milner-Simonds said: “It did look like we were sponsored by an outdoor clothing firm at times but the feedback has been great.
“Every time we have added something different. This time we closed another road and brought in the chilli competition and it all went very well. It’s great to get such positive feedback and hear of so many traders selling everything they brought.”
An organic chicken farm based at Stream Farm in Broomfield was among those to sell out its stock.
Trader George Peters said: “It has gone fantastically and the whole farm has sold really well. It’s been really busy all day despite the weather.
“We have done some fairs where it has been busy but with no-one buying, but this has been a good mix.”
Rob Ellis, who took his Barefoot Stonebaked Pizza truck to the festival, said: “It has been a pretty good day for us, it is lovely to see so many people out. This is our first festival and we will definitely look to come back next time - we will just try to do a sun dance before the next show.”
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