‘Enthusiastic’ support for a new food and drink festival for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 09:56 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:39 30 August 2018

Eat: Portishead festival, Ginger Beard's Preserves.

Eat: Portishead festival, Ginger Beard's Preserves.


Councillors in Nailsea are working with award-winning festival organisers to plan a food and drink celebration for the town next year.

Eat: Portishead festival, Balita Box Hummus and Falafals.Eat: Portishead festival, Balita Box Hummus and Falafals.

Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds are behind the popular Eat:Festivals which showcase the best in food and drink across Somerset.

The duo applied to Nailsea Town Council for a £2,000 contribution to enable them to hold a festival in Nailsea.

More: New food and drink festival proposed for Nailsea.

Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “The Eat:Nailsea proposal was received enthusiastically, and we will now be working with the organisation to put together implementation plans.”

Eat:Festivals are already held in Portishead, Weston, Burnham, Wellington and Taunton and organisers want to add Nailsea to their exciting programme of events.

More: Eat: Portishead ‘thrills’ organisers as first festival attracts thousands.

The festivals are free and Bev and Sarah work with businesses and community groups to enable them to showcase their products.

Bev and Sarah’s events aim to reconnect people with the countryside around them.

Bev said: “We were really encouraged by the positivity at Nailsea Council meeting last week.

“It’s always good start the journey to developing a new festival to have an engaged local partner who seems determined to make their town a better place to live, work and visit.

“We have a meeting in the diary for early September with a broad range of local partners and hope to be welcoming you to eat:Nailsea in 2019.”

Bev and Sarah will work with community groups and local businesses to showcase food and drink producers from the surrounding countryside.

They said: “During the day we run free talks, competitions, cooking classes, encounters with farm animals (and farmers) as well as a market.

“The events are a busy, entertaining day and we receive positive feedback from stallholders and participating businesses.

“We will book in traders selling artisan produce like bread, preserves, cheeses, pies, sauces, fresh meat and bottled spirits as well as street food with flavours from around the world using local ingredients.

“The producers we select are of excellent quality, many selling award-winning produce.”

The event would include a demonstration stage and cookery school with hands-on workshop sessions, family entertainment plus some live music.

Eat:Festivals have been running across the South West since 2012 and Bev and Sarah are adding an increasing number of events to their books.

This year they are organising nine festivals which attract between 15,000 and 25,000 people.

Bev and Sarah would like the Nailsea festival to coincide with the town’s regular market in July, September or October.

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