LiveBurnham food festival in full swing

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  • Large market in Victoria street
  • Around 60 stalls
  • Chef demos
  • Free taster sessions


Judge for the Bake-off BBC's Ben McGrail said: "There was a lot of variation in the entries, which were all very high quality. 

"The festival as a whole was a fantastic way for people to sample the best of what Somerset has to offer, from local producers, all in one place.

"It certainly showed the passion we have for food."


The winning entries of the Great Burnham Bake-Off. Next year will see a new entry category for pies!


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The cake decorating class is attracting a crowd now


Annette Dickson was visiting the festival with her family. She said: " The hog roast looked amazing but sold out quickly. There's so much good food on offer.

"It's such a great event, especially with the great weather."


At the market, Austin Morgan, who came to Burnham with his family from South Wales, said: "The festival has been great. It's a lovely family day out. 

"I saw a poster advertising the festival and we thought we'd give it a go. I'm glad we did."


Festival organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: " I've been introducing the chefs today and people have been very impressed.

"When the chefs started, the jaws of the people on the front row dropped. They were just fascinated."


Romy Gill and Valentina Harris, both top chefs, gave demonstrations at the event.

Romy said: "People have been very enthusiastic and have really enjoyed the demonstrations. They will hopefully be trying the recipes at home."


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Cake decorating demo at Somerset Skills and Learning


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Jerk chicken at the outdoor market



Jerk chicken at the outdoor market



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The below image is a dish made with dandelion 


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We're currently learning about the benefits of eating nettles, such as calcium and iron 


Next up is a taster session on foraging for food by Heavenly Hedgerows.

Chris Westgate, forager for Heavenly Hedgerows, said: " Foraging allows people to use herbs and ingredients which can't be found from the supermarket.

"We're hunter gatheres, we've just forgotten that art and foraging is a great way to get that skill back.

"You can add wild ingredients to your normal dishes to make them even tastier."


Festival organiser Beverley Milner Simonds told the Weekly News: "Last year we had around 2,000 people but today I think we've had 4,000.

"People have been really enjoying it. They love to be able to walk through the town eating and tasting things as they go. It's been great.

"It's also been great for local traders because it's brought more people to the town. I hope people realise that Burnham is a great town to visit remember that next time they want to go away."


One of the professional entries for the Great Burnham Bake-Off


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BURNHAM’S second Food and Drink Festival is in full swing this afternoon (May 25).

Visitors have flocked to the large outdoor market at Victoria Street to taste a range street food to take away.

There are around 60 stallholders and cakes have already been submitted for competitions including The Great Burnham Bake-Off.

The atmosphere is buzzing in the town, especially around Somerset Skills & Learning, where there are a host of taster sessions covering foraging for free food, organic dairy farming, sugar craft and the art of cider brandy.


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