Thousands enjoy first eat:Nailsea festival

PUBLISHED: 12:02 08 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:27 09 October 2019

Cocoa's Handmade Chocolates at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Cocoa's Handmade Chocolates at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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More than 15,000 people flocked to the first ever eat:Nailsea festival on Saturday.

Graeme Wallace with his amazing pies at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONGraeme Wallace with his amazing pies at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Food and drink producers from across Somerset ran stalls and offered samples to hungry visitors at Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

Organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds said they were given a very warm welcome and confirmed they will be returning again next year.

Sarah said: "We have never had such a positive and warm welcome to a new town - local businesses and residents have all been so keen to engage.

"Saturday went very well with a safe, welcoming festival enjoying a big crowd in some great autumnal weather.

Street entertainers at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONStreet entertainers at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

"The local producers have all reported back that they had a brilliant day's trade and we saw that many local businesses were busy all day too.

"We hope to make this into an annual event and look forward to working with Nailsea Town Council to deliver another festival on October 3, 2020."

A Portishead event was launched last year, but this August's event was cancelled due to bad weather.

Griffin Cycles at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONGriffin Cycles at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Music from the Roller Disgoat at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONMusic from the Roller Disgoat at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Nigel from the Culmstock Chilli Company at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONNigel from the Culmstock Chilli Company at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Nailsea Cider at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONNailsea Cider at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Peter, Robert and Alison Dart from Whitegate Apple Juice and Cider at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONPeter, Robert and Alison Dart from Whitegate Apple Juice and Cider at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Pam Yabsley and Nell Stanbury selling wild game at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONPam Yabsley and Nell Stanbury selling wild game at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Matt West and Adam Gough from Riverford Organics at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONMatt West and Adam Gough from Riverford Organics at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds at the Eat:Nailsea Festival.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONOrganisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds at the Eat:Nailsea Festival. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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