Town ‘excited’ for food and drink festival in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 September 2019

Eat: Portishead festival, Hudnott's fruit flavored spirits.

Eat: Portishead festival, Hudnott's fruit flavored spirits.


Nailsea is preparing for its first ever eat:Festival which celebrates fine food and drink from producers across Somerset.

Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds have won numerous awards for their crowd-pleasing festivals - and next month they will be taking their winning formula to Nailsea.

More than 70 food and drink producers will set up in High Street and Somerset Square on October 5 to enable foodies to sample different dishes and buy edible treats from the stalls.

Beverley said: "You can expect traditional farmers market stalls with local ciders, breads and cheeses alongside some top-quality street food, making worldwide cuisine with local ingredients."

The event is all about food, but the organisers have also booked face painters, balloon artists and street entertainers.

Two free workshops will also be running at Number 65, in High Street.

Visitors can learn how to make delicious Italian vegan treats during a drop-in cook school at the venue, while craft fans can print bespoke designs onto festival tote bags during a screen-printing workshop.

Eat:Nailsea has been supported by Nailsea Town Council, North Somerset Council, AMS Electrical and Westcoast Properties.

Jo Duffy, Nailsea Town Council's clerk, said: "We are really excited that eat:Nailsea festival will be coming to Nailsea on October 5.

"The town council supports the festivals ethos of promoting local food and drink producers.

"We have been working closely with Bev and Sarah to make this event a brilliant edition to the Nailsea calendar."

Bev and Sarah already run a number of successful eat:Festivals including Weston, Portishead, Burnham, Minehead, Taunton and Wellington as well as Christmas festivals and an eat:Vegan event.

Eat:Nailsea runs from 10am-4pm, is fully accessible and will include plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices as well as gluten and diary-free options.

The event is single-use plastic free and all festival packaging is compostable.

Organisers are encouraging visitors to walk, cycle or ride into the event - with free bike check-ups and all weather rucksack cover for anyone cycling in.

For more details about the event, visit

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