IN PICTURES: Burnham-on-Sea Food Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the town

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 October 2016

Daniel Cole from Natures Pantry.

Daniel Cole from Natures Pantry.


More than 25,000 people flocked to Burnham over the weekend for the bi-annual food festival - an event billed by organisers as the 'very best'.

Toby Fry and Lizzie Smith from Harry's Cider.Toby Fry and Lizzie Smith from Harry's Cider.

The festival, which showcases produce from across Somerset, is organised by Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds and is now one of the biggest events in Burnham’s calendar.

This weekend’s ninth festival also included some competition, with a Great Burnham Bake Off proving a big success, and live cookery demonstrations.

There was also a host of entertainment including buskers, magicians and a children’s play-area.

A number of young entrepreneurs also played their part in a new event addition, which allowed them to trade for free and receive some valuable business advice.

Jake Pike and Sam Kirby from Beats Ales.Jake Pike and Sam Kirby from Beats Ales.

These included a number of King Alfred School students and the Young Makers Market, which proved a big success.

There was also an appearance from Apprentice candidate Alana Spencer, who produced some live-baking. She is currently taking part in the BBC show to win a £250,000 investment from business tycoon Lord Sugar for her baking business.

The festival’s organisers hailed the success of the event and have already announced dates for the two festivals in 2017.

Beverley said: “We were really pleased to see so many people having a free, family day out. We try to bring a bit of the countryside into town and the tractors, farm animals and talks were all popular.

Randa Hucker and Rebecca Allen, Hullabaloos Lemonade.Randa Hucker and Rebecca Allen, Hullabaloos Lemonade.

“A special thank you must go to our awesome team of volunteers who came together to create the great buzz and keep everyone safe.”

Sarah added: “We think this was our best festival to date. It was great to see the streets full of happy people, enjoying the range of producers we had brought together and heading off to explore the town.

“A big thank you to our demonstration chefs, who all reported that the audiences were tougher than a team of restaurant critics in their questioning, and judges who worked their way through an impressive range of pies, brews and bakes.”

The next Burnham Food Festivals will be on May 27 and October 21, 2017.

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