Burnham Food and Drink Festival placed second in national competition (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Burnham Food and Drink Festival placed second in national competition
THE POPULAR Burnham Food and Drink Festival has won second place in a national competition to find Britain’s most inspiring harvest celebration.
The festival bagged the accolade in the Bring Home the Harvest competition, a nationwide search by The Daily Telegraph and Love British Food to find the most innovative, all-inclusive Harvest event.
Festival founders and directors Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds said: “To get recognition at a national level for a festival that has just celebrated its first birthday is amazing.
“We pour our hearts into the festival and the feedback from visitors and stall holders has been very positive.
“We want to host a festival that people love coming to and that helps them connect with the brilliant produce available in Somerset.
“The fact that the judges recognised the variety of elements in the festival; stalls, competitions, demos, workshops and accessibility through location and free entry, is great.”
The competition was judged by the chef Raymond Blanc, environment secretary Owen Paterson, Love British Food founder Alexia Robinson, broadcaster and Telegraph columnist Alan Titchmarsh, Philip Clarke, chief executive of Tesco, and Telegraph 'Life' editor Anne Cuthbertson.
Anne Cuthberston said: “Burnham’s Food and Drink festival was a popular runner up. The event saw more than 5,000 people throng the town centre to enjoy local produce and a chilli-eating competition, which judge Raymond Blanc loved.”
Alan Titchmarsh added: “The impact on the community must have been enormous, they must have really got local enthusiasm and passion going.”
Alexia Robinson, founder of Love British Food, said: “It was wonderful to see the public getting excited about British food, just as the Italians and French are proud of their produce.”
The next two festivals are planned for May 24 and October 25, 2014. Visit www.burnhamonseafoodfestival.org.
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