Wellington’s annual food festival was the highlight of the summer for our town. Thousands of people turned out from mid-morning onwards to wander through the traffic-free streets and enjoy the food and drink being sold from 44 different stalls, the highest number ever according to organisers.
For once the weather helped with a warm, sunny day. There was a mellow, leisurely mood as locals and visitors alike sauntered from stall to stall trying everything from locally-produced chorizo sausage to Waitrose stone-baked bread.
Live music from a steel band and a Rule 7 Open Mic session outside the popular bar lifted the mood, helped no doubt by straight to the public sales from Trickey’s Cider and Quantock Brewery. Early estimates suggested that around 15,000 people visited the festival, a record number.
“It’s been a fantastic success and such a great event to show visitors what a vibrant and successful town we have in Wellington, somewhere where independent, local food producers can thrive and prosper,” said Wellington’s mayor Vivienne Stock-Williams.
Festival chairman Donna Munsen , owner of Rule 7, was similarly delighted with the day. “So many people have worked so hard to make it a success, so we’re all thrilled,” she said.