Eat: Festivals which took over the organisation of Wellington Food Town Festival in 2016 has been shortlisted for a new prestigious business award.
In association with Facebook The Small Awards aims to recognise the achievements of small and micro businesses in the UK. Burnham-on-Sea based Eat:Festivals is shortlisted in the ‘Heart of Gold’ category having introduced free pitches and bursaries at the festivals for young food and drink business owners aged 16 to 24.
Eat:Festivals was launched in 2012 and now stages free five food and drink festivals around Somerset including Wellington Food Town Festival. The company has now been asked to host a Somerset Day this year in Taunton.
Eat: Festivals will find out if it has won the award at a special ceremony in London on May 25, hosted by comedian and television personality, Sue Perkins. The judges include the former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable, 2014 Apprentice winner Mark Wright and former Digital & Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.
Director Beverley Milner Simonds said, “We are over the moon to have been shortlisted in The Small Awards. The festivals are a real celebration of each town and their great surrounding producers: we bring people together and, hopefully, add a bit of sparkle. Our aim is to create great free days out and help people to reconnect with the productive countryside around them.”
Small Awards director, Michelle Ovens MBE, says: “There is so much vibrancy in the UK’s small business sector, so many great stories and examples of innovation, achievement, community spirit and social responsibility. We are thrilled to be able to shine a light on some of the best, like Eat Festivals.”
Wellington Food Town Festival takes place this year on Saturday 2nd September.