Crowd of 25,000 heads to ninth Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival
of people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday for the
town's ninth Food & Drink Festival which has been hailed a big
success by traders and organisers.
120 traders showcased the best of Somerset food and drink at the
festival alongside displays that included cookery demonstrations,
tractors and farm animals.
Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com the total footfall had
been 25,134 during the day, as recorded by several footfall counters.
was really pleased to see Burnham-On-Sea out into some quite chilly
sunshine and enjoy some great local food and drink in the heart
of the town centre," she said.
saw so many happy smiling faces today - people having a family day
out being in the town, popping into shops, buying things, exploring,
meeting up with friends and having a great time."
had a slow start - it was a cold morning - but the numbers of visitors
really picked up in the middle of the day."
District Council's Chairman, Cllr Ian Dyer, added: "It was
another superb event - the quality of the stalls was exceptional.
It was so good to see such a wide range of different food sellers
James Heappey, Burnham's MP, said he was "delighted" to
see the town so busy with many visitors, praising the organisers
for all their work.
at the festival also reported a busy day. Jack Pike at Beat Ales
said: "It's been a really busy day and good fun - we had lots
of passing trade and sold out by 3pm. We sold over 200 bottles and
dozens of pints of beer - we'll certainly be back next time."
Smith from Burnham's Mikes Pork added: "It's been a really
great day - we were very busy with trade all day. I had not seen
so many people at this event and but still good trade - Roll the
next festival in May."
Calvert, who won best in show for his Ginger Beards Preserves stall,
added: "We are delighted to win this award on our second visit
- it was a very good day - we had steady business and plenty of
Patrick Blandford added: "It was very busy in the middle of
the day. We picked up several new customers and are happy with how
it went - the festival is very well organised."
in Burnham's town centre reported a day of mixed trade, with several
saying they'd been busier than normal while others felt the festival
had taken away customers on what would normally be a busy half-term
to the festival were able to sample and buy a wide selection of
products from cheese, bread, chutneys and meats to cakes, chocolates,
wines and pies.
outdoor markets were also full of the best street-food traders -
from jerk chicken and low and slow BBQ to Japanese noodles, Russian
kebabs and vegan treats.
the Fresh Ideas Demo Stage, sponsored by Burnham's KDS Interiors,
the organisers brought together six popular cooking talents to demonstrate
their skills. They included Manvenna Walia, founder of Somerset
Curry Club, with spicy Indian flavours; Justin Reeves & Liam
Finnegan's cookery aimed at sharing the tips from award-winning
kitchens; Apprentice contestant Alana Spencer (pictured below
with Ben Fotre and Dan Shahin of UnitedQ).
attraction to this festival was the new Young Makers Market which
offered creative entrepreneurs aged 16-24 the chance to trade for
free at the festival and get free business, finance and design advice.
Several youngsters from King Alfred in Highbridge were among those
the other entertainment were buskers, a magician, children's rides,
a traditional Punch & Judy show, a face painter, entertainers
and a children's play area co-ordinated by St Andrew's Church, plus
giant tractors, lambs from Plotgate, ducks and turkeys.
Bridgwater Harley Davidson Owner's Club also parked up along the
High Street - by the hog roast - to display their bikes.