Eat:Portishead food festival cancelled amid bleak weather warning

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:37 09 August 2019

Eat: Portishead food festival has been cancelled.

Eat: Portishead food festival has been cancelled.

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A popular food festival which was due to attract hundreds of people to Portishead this weekend had fallen victim to a bleak weather forecast.

Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds organise a host of food festivals.Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds organise a host of food festivals.

Eat:Portishead was due to be held at the marina on Saturday, but organisers have pulled the plug amid weather warnings from the Met Office.

More than 100 traders were set to showcase flavours from around the world and share their culinary wisdom with foodies - and a big crowd was expected after the festival enjoyed a successful debut in 2018.

The event will not be rescheduled and instead attention has turned to a Christmas-themed eat:Portishead, which will be held in December.

Organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds were 'sorry' the event had to be cancelled, but they insist 'producers' and public safety are primary concerns'.

They said: "In our seven years of producing food and drink festivals, we have coped with some extreme scenarios, from storms with silly names to swarms of bees.

"The show has always gone on. This will be the first we have had to cancel without finding a creative workaround.

"Thank you for having planned to trade at eat:Portishead and we hope you will have sunnier trading opportunities with us again."

The organisers have explored possibility of reducing trading hours, but forecasts of gusts of up to 55mph throughout the day have put paid to those plans.

The hunt for a suitable nearby indoor venue proved fruitless.

Eat:Festival's next event in North Somerset will be in Nailsea on October 6, and festive events will be held in Portishead and Weston in December.

Bev and Sarah added: "We look forward to the festive eat:Portishead festival on December 14 and hope you can join us and our brilliant production partners at the stunning location of Portishead marina."

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