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Thousands attend third Burnham Food and Drink Festival
EXOTIC cheeses, huge pies and grown men shedding tears – it could only be Burnham’s popular Food and Drink Festival.
Despite a slow start on Saturday due to the wet British weather, the rain soon subsided and made way for around 5,000 visitors, all eager for a taste of the finest the South West has to offer.
The festival began life last year and although Saturday’s event was only the third of its kind, it has already expanded to accommodate more traders and new competitions.
New this year was ‘The Great Burnham Burn Off’, a chilli eating competition which saw ten contestants see if they could handle the heat of 12 chillies, ranging from mild to steaming hot, in front of crowds of onlookers.
Emerging victorious, if not a little teary-eyed, was Bridgwater dad Marc Brion, 35. A few of the competitors managed to stomach the infamous ‘Dorset Naga’ chilli. The event was organised by ‘Chilli Dave’ from the Clifton Chilli Club.
Meanwhile the judges were examining a host of homemade cakes and pies in the Great Burnham Bake Off. The winner of the champion’s trophy for the individual home baker category was Cathy Bird, the winners of the family bakers category were Sophie and Rachel Hurley and the professional baker winner was Tricia Taylor.
Doing the judging for the competition, sponsored by Positive Wealth Creation, was Conservative parliamentary candidate James Heappey, young chef Madeline Francis and Dr Jane Guise, CEO of the Bath and West Show.
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