IN PICTURES: Food festival entices thousands of visitors to Weston

Tereza Vondrackova serving up a churros treat at Churtopia. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Tereza Vondrackova serving up a churros treat at Churtopia. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Food fanatics were out in full force for the town’s first eat:Weston festival of the year.

Gourmet Confectioner Janet Thompson with her 'Grown Up Marshmallows'. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Gourmet Confectioner Janet Thompson with her 'Grown Up Marshmallows'. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

The organisers welcomed thousands of people to the Italian Gardens to sample delicious locally-sourced food and drinks.

Conditions were perfect for the 80 producers who set up their stalls in the town centre and more than 20,000 people were drawn to Weston for the event.

Lemonade, scotch eggs, prime cuts of meat and cheese were on sale to the public.

There were also plenty of street food stalls dishing up meals from around the world.

Ginger Beard's Preserves, Harry Calvert serving a customer. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Ginger Beard's Preserves, Harry Calvert serving a customer. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Inside the Sovereign Shopping Centre, people could design and print their own tote bags or take part in some cooking classes.

Once again, the festival was 100 per cent free of any single use plastic and all meals were served in recyclable containers.

Andy Rock, spiced fruit juice and ciders, Herby 4. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Andy Rock, spiced fruit juice and ciders, Herby 4. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Robert Hawker Venison. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Robert Hawker Venison. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

The Cocktail Kings at work. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Cocktail Kings at work. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Drumming workshop at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Drumming workshop at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Drumming workshop at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Drumming workshop at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

A taste of World Food at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

A taste of World Food at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Ryan Bolton at his Big Bakes Bakery. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Ryan Bolton at his Big Bakes Bakery. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

XocolaT with handmade Belgian chocolate. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

XocolaT with handmade Belgian chocolate. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Lee Langridge with a new sauce for the festival called Chimera Dragon, from The Wicked Chilli. Pi

Lee Langridge with a new sauce for the festival called Chimera Dragon, from The Wicked Chilli. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

The Mighty Soft Shell Crab at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Mighty Soft Shell Crab at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Joe Heley from Exmoor Cider. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Joe Heley from Exmoor Cider. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

The Somerset Deli at Eat: Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Somerset Deli at Eat: Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

The Somerset Deli at Eat: Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Somerset Deli at Eat: Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

From Nature UK, Martine Ashe with her range of vegan foods. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

From Nature UK, Martine Ashe with her range of vegan foods. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

India in a Jar by Chef Collin Pereira. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

India in a Jar by Chef Collin Pereira. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

DJ Tom Court providing the sound track for the festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

DJ Tom Court providing the sound track for the festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Serious Steak Sandwiches at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Serious Steak Sandwiches at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Blue Fire Caribbean Food at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Blue Fire Caribbean Food at Eat:Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Mark Davey and Dave Turner from Pitchfork Ales. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Mark Davey and Dave Turner from Pitchfork Ales. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Love at Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Love at Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Francine Lee owner of Bumblees Preserves. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Francine Lee owner of Bumblees Preserves. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Times Past Cheese Dairy. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Times Past Cheese Dairy. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Eat:Weston in the Italian Gardens. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Rob Solani from the Garlic Farm. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Rob Solani from the Garlic Farm. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Riverford Organic at Eat: Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Riverford Organic at Eat: Weston. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

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