Beverley & Sarah Milner-Simmonds, who have just taken over the running of Wellington Food Town, have won a major national award for their work – Highly Commended at the Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscars’ 2016.
“Surrounded by fabulous food producers this pair decided to celebrate that fact by putting on a free to attend food festival in 2012 with the aim to showcase local food. That has grown into a twice-a-year event, aiming to build stronger relationships between producers and customers and nurture new habits in the visitors, “ said Tim Bonner, head of the Countryside Alliance.
“The Burnham on Sea Food Festival in Somerset offers chef demos, cooking workshops, master classes and talks, cook off competitions, home brewing championships, tractors, buskers and, crucially, bursaries for first time producers to give them a boost. It is now the largest celebration of Somerset food and drink in the county. Visitor numbers have grown steadily to around 20,000 with people planning a trip to Burnham specially to attend the festival, boosting tourism in the area.”