Wellington Food Festival organisers are looking for three Sweethearts – hopefully in time for Valentine’s Day.
The Eat Wellington ‘Festival Sweetheart’ bursary scheme offers three free trading pitches for new traders at the town centre festival on 2 September. The Bursary is for food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail trade before. Producers may have been selling direct to restaurants or businesses but not direct to the public.
Festival Director Sarah Milner Simonds said, “We want to offer this opportunity to help new businesses take their first steps into trading. By focusing the bursary on food and drink start-ups we hope we can add to the rich mix of successful businesses in and around the area. We recognise that the festival provides a chance for us to assist in developing the skills, abilities and knowledge of new food and drink producers.”
Fellow Festival Director Beverley Milner Simonds added, “The scheme is designed to encourage business start-ups and self-employment within Somerset. We are providing up to three discretionary bursary awards for pitches at the September food & drink festival. We hope the opportunity will be seized by new traders.”
Sarah Welland of previous bursary recipients, Berrow Beef & Lamb, explained the scheme’s advantages: “Being awarded a bursary to attend the festival was a massive boost for us at the early stages of establishing Berrow Beef & Lamb. We had access to expert advice on how to get the best out of the day and free publicity as well as being able to trade for free. Due to the huge success it turned out to be -both in terms of sales on the day and follow up business – we intend to be at every future festival!”
Applications should be made before 30 March. Details can be found on the Eat Wellington Facebook page.