food festival duo short-listed for business awards
Food and Drink Festival organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds
have this week been named among the finalists in this year's Weston
Burnham-On-Sea based duo behind the Eat:festivals are finalists
in two categories including the 'Love Weston award' and 'Business
Woman of the year'.
winners will be revealed at a gala charity dinner in February. Now
in its fourth year, the Weston Business Awards are organised by
Weston Chamber to shine the light on local businesses whose success
and contribution generates local economic prosperity.
and Sarah launched their first food festival in 2012 and have organically
grown their Eat: events since then, steadily increasing producer
numbers, adding more elements and since 2016 working in more host
highly successful Eat: events reconnect residents with the town
centre and provide a platform for local food and drink producers.
are over the moon to be shortlisted in two categories," said
Bev. "We loved working in Weston-super-Mare last year and are
looking forward to three great festivals in the town in 2018."
are a social enterprise and reinvest in our communities and take
our sustainability ambitions very seriously. For us that includes
creating festivals that are economically sustainable so there are
no high pitch fees meaning we attract micro and small local producers."
festivals aim to promote and work in partnership with farmers
markets, giving priority to local producers to help them build more
regular customers and so keep the money in the local economy.
Eat: team were recently awarded Best Event Organisers in the UK
by the National Outdoor Event Association and are South West Finalists
for Rural Enterprise in the Countryside Alliance Awards.
2018 Bev and Sarah will run eight festivals, all being single-use
plastic free and all waste will be bio-degradable.
awards gala charity dinner will be held on Saturday 3rd February
at the Royal Hotel, Weston.