Around 10,000 people visited the 11th Wellington Food & Drink Festival on Saturday, enjoying a great line-up of West Country food, drink and entertainment.
Festival organiser Bev Milner Simonds told us: “We are so grateful to our wonderful volunteer stewards, sponsors and supporters. They all pulled together to make this a safe, welcoming and well run event that we think Wellington can be proud of.”
Co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: “It was great to see the streets of the town centre full of happy people enjoying so many great food and drink producers. There is a real vibe to this festival. Wellington is a special place to be, especially on a weekend like this.”
The festival featured lots for all ages, even those who don’t enjoy food and drink including the circus skills workshop, live music at Rule 7, the apple-bobbing challenge and the inaugural Wellington Home Baker Challenge.
The Apple Bobbing Championships, hosted by Wellington School and sponsored by Waitrose had participants soaked before the rain came down and the audience in peels of laughter all day. The leaders on the board changed several times but championship adult bobber – who really was the fastest bob in the west was Ben who took less than 1 second to bob an apple and the children’s most persistent bobbers were Hayon and Racheal K who both bobbed 5 apples in 30 seconds. The tag team saw festival organisers teaming up with local MP Rebecca Pow for a spirited, but soaking performance.
The Wellington Home Baker Challenge, supported by Nexus Insurance, saw some wonderful bakes presented that gave the judges a real challenge. The Young Bakers competition was won by Rebecca Watts, with a pear and almond tart. The adult baker winner was Jade Steel with rich cocolate sponge. The organisers thanked prize sponsors ETI Thermapen.
Odette’s Tea Room on the High Street, celebrating their 1st birthday on Saturday said:
“We would like to thank the organisers very much for their energy and professionalism in organising the event yesterday. Despite the weather we had a fantastic day – busy from first opening until 5.00pm.”
The organisers are keen to hear from anyone with feedback, suggestions, ideas or views on the date for the next festival. You can write to them at firstname.lastname@example.org