FIVE Somerset businesses will be showing off their produce at Eat:Burnham this month thanks to a bursary.

Brent House Farm, Buckland Beverages, Freestyle Wrappers, Sicilian Streetfood and Topps Bakeaway will all be trading at the festival on May 26 alongside 140 local producers in Burnham-on-Sea town centre.

The bursary, which is sponsored by Thatchers Cider, is for food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail trade before.

Sarah Coles from Brent House Farm said she heard about the bursary from a family member and is excited to trade at the festival.

"My brother Sam and I have thought about ways in which to diversify the farm for a number of years and after much discussion and research, we realised that there is a gap in the local market for us to be able to provide free range fresh pasteurised milk," Sarah said.

"We believe that our milk is the tastiest and freshest milk around and through our new business Brent House Farm - Fresh Pasteurised we can now provide that milk direct from the farm to the general public.

"We heard about the Bursary from a family member who encouraged us to apply so we did, never thinking we would be successful.

"Now we’re pleased we listened and can’t wait to get started with the help provided to us from the bursary’"

John Suddaby-Newman from Freestyle Wrappers said eat:Burnham will be the eatery's first major event and said he feels 'honoured' his business has been chosen as a bursary winner.

"We are so excited to be part of the eat:Festivals," John said.

"They will be our first major event so being awarded a bursary is a huge help at such a pivotal time for Freestyle Wrappers.

"We know many of the producers through the sourcing of our own ingredients so to be picked is truly an honour.

"We can’t wait to hit the road and start wrapping."

Martin Thatcher of Thatchers Cider said the cider company is 'delighted' to support the festival organisers in offering the bursary.

“When my great grandfather first started making and selling cider, he did so on his own with a determination to succeed," Mr Thatcher

"No doubt had there been a local food festival in Sandford at the turn of the 19th century he would have been there.

"We’re delighted to support eat;Festivals through this bursary to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit amongst our fantastic food and drink producers in Somerset."