Two food festivals for Portishead in 2019

PUBLISHED: 06:34 23 April 2019

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

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

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A food festival will return to Portishead this summer, after debuting by the marina last year.

Eat:Portishead will take place in August, with a bonus festive event planned for December too for the first time.

Concerns over littering and somebody falling into the marina were not considered serious enough by North Somerset Council to refuse the licence application at a meeting at Weston Town Hall.

The festival is organised by Somerset duo Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds, with similar events held in Weston and Burnham.

There are also plans for a first Nailsea festival to take place on October 5.

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Sarah, at the licensing hearing, said: “We had about 25,000 visitors over the course of the day last year.

“About 95 per cent of them were local residents, and that's always our aim – to bring together older and newer residents of Portishead.

“The traders are from within 25 to 30 miles of Portishead. That's the reason our social enterprise exists. We want people to become regular customers of them. We're about helping small businesses.

“It's at the request of residents and businesses that we're planning two events rather than one.”

The first food festival will be held on August 10 – coinciding with the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court.

This happened last year and was a deliberate ploy by organisers to give people an alternative to getting stuck in Bristol traffic.

Beverley said: “There's no price put on learning about great food and drink.

“We hope it adds economic value to the area and helps residents and businesses grow.

“It's a really good advert for North Somerset.

“This is a family-friendly event, not some rave in Ayia Napa on the beach.

“It's a chance to learn more about your local area and have a lovely free day out.”

A Christmas event is also planned for December 14, featuring artisan gifts.

Beverley added: “We won't create a mini Bath Christmas market or a faux German market.

“We're trying to create a festive Somerset festival. There will be a little bit of giftware but the majority will be food and drink.

“There will be entertainment including a gospel choir and Father Christmas.”

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