Showcasing the best of North Somerset

LOCALLY-PRODUCED food, drink and crafts are being showcased during the Made in North Somerset fortnight.

The two-week extravaganza celebrating the best the district has to offer from its resident farmers, bakers, craftsmen and many more, began on Saturday and will run until October 2, coinciding with the national British Food Fortnight.

On Saturday, the Nailsea Farmers’ Market and Nailsea Craft Market in Crown Glass Place took part in celebrations with folk music from Rob the Rich and freshly-cooked taster foods on offer from Rob Franklin, head chef at The George in Backwell.

Some traders also held demonstrations and the McLennan School of Irish Dancing entertained visitors.

The rest of the fortnight will feature workshops and open days such as:


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At Clevedon Craft Centre in Moor Lane, the studios will be open throughout the fortnight and on different days there will be children’s activities and pottery painting. On Friday, an open evening from 7-9pm will allow visitors to meet the artists over drinks and nibbles.

Tomorrow (Thurs) at the Strawberry Line Cafe in Yatton there will be a showcase of producers and tasting opportunities. Also tomorrow, Backwell glass artist and jewellery designer, Claire Hall, will open her studio with demonstrations of glass bead making and glass rods. To reserve a slot call 07796 794168 or 01275 464991.

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Viva’s Beadbox in Homefield, Congresbury, will be open to visitors everyday throughout the fortnight except for Tuesday and September 28.

On Saturday and Sunday, Visual Feast in Wrington will be open to the public displaying photos and fabric collages.

Events will also be held at the Barley Wood Walled Garden in Long Lane, Wrington, including apple pressing, open studios, workshops and garden tours.

The showcase will then culminate in a special food and craft market at Tyntesfield in Wraxall on October 2, when you can also book a tour of the estate’s kitchen gardens.

The market will host almost 30 local traders and producers including Banwell Potters, Bradley’s Somerset Fruit Juice, Chocolate One from Clevedon, Dragonfly Jewellery, Jacklands Fishing Lakes from Tickenham, Field and Flower meat producers from the Gordano valley, Love Unlimited Ceramics from Clevedon, Nailsea Country Market, The Picture Framers Chelvey and Winnies Bakery.

To find out more about all the fortnight’s events visit www.innorthsomerset.co.uk/madein

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