IN PICTURES: Eat: Weston organisers 'blown away' by brilliant turn out
PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 April 2018
A wet start did not deter a crowd of around 30,000 people visiting Weston's Italian Gardens on Saturday for the first food festival of the year.
Eat: Weston came to town for its third event at the weekend and showcased the very best in local food and drink produce.
The rainy start did not put off producers or visitors from enjoying a day out with their friends and family.
Co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds was ‘thrilled’ with how the event went and the team had a number of requests for the festival to become more frequent.
She added: “We had such positivity beforehand but the number of people (who came) and the great feedback on the day has blown us away.
“Our producers brought more stock than ever before and we still had many selling out and reports of record sales.
“Thank you to our sponsors, Retreat Caravan Park and The Sovereign Shopping Centre, who hosted the demo stage.
“Steve Fowell and the other chefs had great engagement and enthusiasm from the crowds of curious families.
“The Hawksmoor Cookery School out on the Italian Gardens was busy all day and it will be returning with another vegetarian cookery school next time.”
The crowd enjoyed an eclectic mix of music throughout the day alongside face-painting, balloon-modelling and Punch ‘n’ Judy shows.
Sarah Milner Simonds praised the hardwork of the Weston Eagles who hosted a family trail and manned the information booth, saying it ‘did Weston proud’.
She added: “Our initiative to be 100 per cent single use plastic free and use compostable packaging worked very well – but we know we need more bins.”
Kitchen Garden Plant Centre were awarded the people’s choice for Best In Show.
Crumpets Cakes were award the sponsor’s choice, Old Mill Accounting.
Bev also thanked First Bus, Naked Signs, Westcoast Properties, North Somerset Council and Weston BID for their ‘encouragement’ and ‘support’.
The next Eat: Weston will be held on September 22 and Eat: Christmas will take place on December 15.