Gallery: Weston super Food Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:22 30 September 2013

Ohmar and Arnold from Yo-Ji in St James Street, giving a sushi demonstration.

Ohmar and Arnold from Yo-Ji in St James Street, giving a sushi demonstration.

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WESTON became a food-lover's paradise at the weekend when producers and businesses from across Somerset arrived for the Weston super Food Festival.

The Mercury-supported festival took place in the Winter Gardens and Town Square, and people listened to talks from producers and chefs, enjoyed tasty samples and bought food to stock their cupboards with.

Around 15,000 people attended the event over two days, and festival organiser Sally Packer said she was pleased with the attendance, particularly on Saturday.

She said: “It was great to see the town centre so busy and buzzing with a general air of excitement and people of all ages enjoying themselves.

“It was slower on the Sunday, mainly due to the drizzly start, but still very encouraging for a new festival run on a shoestring budget.

“With more support and a proper marketing budget I don’t think there’s any reason why it couldn’t grow into the biggest food festival in the West Country – which would be great for Weston.”

Sally said the demonstration kitchen ran at full-capacity, and Weston restaurants felt it was beneficial for their businesses.

She said: “We had some amazing feedback from the general public.

“Numerous people said it was ‘the best thing that’s ever happened in Weston’ and several others that it was ‘the best event since the dairy festival in the 1960s’.

“Hundreds of people queued in to the Grove Suite to enjoy tasting dishes from around the world with Weston Multicultural Friendship Association and lots of families commented on how wonderful it was for their children to taste authentic food from so many different cultures.”

Sally said if the festival were to return next year, she would be looking to enlist more support from volunteers and sponsors.

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