New food festival in Weston-super-Mare aims to bring farmers and producers ‘to the heart of the town’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 January 2017

Alana Spencer at last year's Eat:Burnham festival.

Alana Spencer at last year's Eat:Burnham festival.

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The organisers of the successful Burnham Food Festival are now launching a brand new event in Weston town centre this spring.

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Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds have organised nine food festivals in Burnham and now want to ‘show Weston off’.

Eat: Weston will take place on April 8 from 9am-4pm, with a host of local produce on offer in High Street. It is one of five festivals the pair are organising in the South West throughout this year.

The bi-annual Burnham festival, which is set to take place on May 27 and October 21, re-launched as Eat:Burnham last year and also scooped a prestigious award.

It was crowned the best food event in Somerset, beating Exmoor Food Festival and Taunton Farmers’ Market to win the Somerset Life award.

In Weston, there will also be some livestock at the festival as the two believe it is important to know ‘where your food comes from’.

As well as this, there will be live entertainment and buskers in the town.

First-time food and drink traders have been offered a free space and there will also be a young makers market as they look to encourage young people to get involved in trading local produce.

Sarah Milner Simonds said: “We are really excited about working in Weston.

“When you arrive in Weston your train or car passes through the productive countryside, full of orchards, crops and cattle.

“We want to bring those farmers and producers into the heart of Weston and show them and the town off.”

The one-day event will be free to enter and Weston businesses and market stall holders are being encouraged to get involved ahead of the spring festival.

Beverley Milner Simonds added: “We make great, free-to-attend, award-winning events and we feel that the time is right for Weston businesses and residents to have a piece of this cake; creating an event during the Easter holidays is the cherry on top.

“Weston’s monthly farmers’ market showcases great producers from the local area and we would like them to benefit.”

Any businesses which are interested in trading or advertising at the event can contact the team at eatweston@gmail.com

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