Burnham's first Food Festival is a hit

This is The West Country: Chloe Slade and Willow Rivers at Burnham Food Festival. Photo: Steve Richardson. Buy this photo Chloe Slade and Willow Rivers at Burnham Food Festival. Photo: Steve Richardson.

ORGANISERS behind Burnham’s first ever Food and Drink festival say the event was so successful it will return next year.

Around 2,000 food lovers descended on businesses in the town to enjoy home-grown produce from more than 40 stalls and experienced 14 festival events held in the Baptist Hall and Princess Theatre.

Bev and Sarah Milner-Simonds, who organised the event alongside The Great Burnham Bake-Off, said: “We had a glorious day and were really pleased to see such high footfall through both main venues all day.

“Many store holders said they had record sales and restocking was commonplace throughout the event.

“Everyone was asking if we could do it again next year. We had around 2,000 people attend, which was more than we expected.”

The Great Burnham Bake Off saw almost 50 entries and judges Emma Britton, Victoria Knowles-Lacks and sponsor Alex Turco, of Positive Wealth Creation, narrowed the field to two winners.

Bev said: “Individual winner was Hester Stanwood with a highly decorated and very tasty chocolate cake.

“Family winners were The Nicholson's with their orange and ginger cake.

“Well done to all bakers who took part.”

Exhibitions and demonstrations were held throughout the event which included Chelsea bun making, sugar craft skills, vegetable growing and making fresh pasta.

On the back of the festival’s success more food events are being planned for the future to bring local produce into Burnham and help relationships between exhibitors and traders.

To keep up to date on future festivals click here.

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