A free all day food and drinks festival comes to Crewkerne on Saturday July 20th. The festival is supported by Crewkerne Town Council who would like to thank South Somerset District Council, One Stop Carriers for Courses and Big Lottery and Awards for All, for their generous help in bringing the festival to Crewkerne. It will take place in Market Square, Falkland Square and Henhayes Centre and car park from 10 am until 4 pm. Over 70 food and drink producers will be showcasing some fantastic local food and drink, including farmers’ market favourites, top quality street food with world flavours made with local ingredients, alongside a great line-up of free entertainment. Visitors will be encouraged to visit different parts of the festival and town, with a trail leaflet that can be picked up from stall holders or stewards.
Chrissie Godfrey from Delicious in Taunton will host a Cook School, helping people to make vegan Italian treats. The drop-in hands-on workshops take place between 10.30 am – 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. These are suitable for 8 years old and upwards and designed for families to work together. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the best in show and other attractions include face painting, strolling balloon artists, street entertainers and background music.
Organiser Sarah Milner Simonds of Eat Festivals said: “We are proud of the festivals we have created and have had a warm welcome in Crewkerne. We have attracted some excellent food and drink producers and hope that visitors will be interested in the stories behind the produce. Crewkerne is a cracking town with an incredible range of independent stores and an antiques trail. We hope that visitors to the festival will explore Crewkerne and become new regular visitors.”
Co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds said: “It’s great to be working alongside Somerset Farmers Market as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. They are running a birthday cake competition and locals should look out for their entry forms, coming home in school bags. We are also working with new social enterprise Creative Minds, run by Natasha Rand, to give visitors the opportunity to make their own prints on the day that will form a collective artwork, commemorating the day. And with an eye on Crewkerne’s long heritage as a market town, we are also celebrating the Charter status of the Crewkerne market, that started in 1086.”
The festival will be fully accessible and offer plenty of gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and dairy free options. The organisers have partnered with a local cycling group to offer incentives to cycle to the festival. There is dedicated cycle parking in the heart of the festival and free rucksack covers for anyone riding in. There will also be free cycle check-ups from Griffin Cycles, to make sure that cyclists are riding safely. The event is also single-use plastic free and all food to go packaging is fully compostable, so don’t forget to bring shopping bags.