New food and drink festival proposed for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 17:21 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 24 August 2018

Eat: Portishead festival, Ginger Beard's Preserves.

Eat: Portishead festival, Ginger Beard's Preserves.


An award-winning food festival could be heading to Nailsea to showcase the best in food and drink across North Somerset.

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

Eat:festivals are already held in Portishead, Weston, Burnham, Wellington and Taunton and organisers are keen to bring the successful event to Nailsea next year.

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

Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds are multi-award winning event organisers who are ‘on a mission to celebrate the fantastic food and drink produced in Somerset’.

The festivals are free and would bring a huge boost to businesses in the area.

Bev and Sarah said: “We run a not-for-profit social enterprise which aims to reconnect people to the countryside around them.

“We work with community groups and local businesses to showcase local food and drink producers from the surrounding countryside.

“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.”

Eat:festivals have been running since 2012 and Bev and Sarah have been adding an increasing number of events to their books.

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

Bev and Sarah added: “We will offer opportunities to local businesses to get involved on the day and after the event.

“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 infredients.

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

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

Organisers would like the festival to coincide with Nailsea’s regular market in either July, September or October.

Bev and Sarah have approached Nailsea Town Council to seek its support and to ask for a £2,000 contribution.

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.”

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