A POPULAR Burnham-on-Sea food festival is set to return next month.

eat: Burnham will return to Burnham town centre on Saturday, October 24 with organisers promising a range of measures to ensure the safety of those attending.

The free event will be ‘social distanced and Covid secure, but still full of great local food and drink.’

Now in its 8th year, the festival will showcase products from more than 80 Somerset food and drink producers along the High Street, College Street and Victoria Street as well as some carefully planned entertainment.

Organisers say all of the stalls will be spread out on the day to give producers and visitors plenty of space to move around and the festival will have a soundtrack of ‘laid-back music and strolling street entertainment’.

Sarah Milner Simonds, organiser of eat:Burnham, said all of the changes have been made in accordance with Government guidelines and safety measures will be in place to protect visitors.

“We are looking forward to returning to Burnham and creating a great free day out for the whole family.

“We have attracted some excellent food and drink producers and we hope that visitors will be interested in the stories behind the produce.

“This year has been challenging for everyone and we are aiming to create a safe welcome to this autumn’s event.

“We will be providing additional hand sanitizer opportunities, a new layout with more room between stalls, stringent guidance for our producers and taking on board the latest government recommendations.

“This will be our eight festival post lockdown, although food markets have been permitted to trade throughout lockdown.

“We are really proud of how our producers have adapted to the new requirements.”

Organisers said the event is fully accessible with plenty of gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and dairy free options to choose from.

The festival is also single-use plastic free and all takeaway food packaging is fully compostable.

The festival opens at 10am and runs until 4pm.

For more information about the festival visit www.eatfestivals.org.

If you are interested in trading at the 2021 event, applications open on November 1.