A winning cake design to celebrate Somerset Farmers Market 20th anniversary and tasters of an historic brew at Crewkerne & District Museum complimented the Food & Drinks Festival, organised by Eat Festivals and offering quality produce from over 60 stalls. 52 entries were received in the school cake competition which were on display during the festival in the shop window, formerly Lawrences estate agents. The winning design by Millie in Class WB at Broadwindsor School was created into a masterpiece by Hayley Legg of Pretty Little Bakes, a regular at Crewkerne Farmers Market and one of 21 Somerset Farmers Market producers in attendance on Saturday in Henhayes car park. Other stalls offering food and drink were situated in Falkland Square and outside of the town hall. Art workshops run by Natasha Rand of Creative Minds took place inside the town hall and a Cook School with Delicious of Taunton invited visitors to try some new recipes in Henhayes Centre. Children were entertained by characters from Alice In Wonderland who seemed in a “hurry to get to the tea party on time,” supplied by Marvellous Eventures and circus skills were demonstrated by Entertainers4U.
In Crewkerne Museum, visitors were able to taste Ashlands Porter. Porter was the first ‘industrial beer’ and the recipe from the former Crewkerne brewery, circa 1842, was interpreted and brewed for the special occasion by Duncan Pollitt. Freshly roasted coffee, ethically sourced from farmers in coffee growing countries, was also available to try and coffee beans were on sale from Rachel’s freshly roasted coffee table. Eat Crewkerne 2019 was developed by the team behind the multi-award winning Eat Festivals, working in association with Crewkerne Town Council, Somerset Farmers Market and Crewkerne Farmers Market co-ordinator Hannah. Organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: “We wanted to re-ignite the celebration of the original Market Charter granted in 1086 to John de Courtenay, which brought people together for centuries – with a food and drink festival. Three areas in the town were used to showcase the great producers from approximately 25 mile radius of Crewkerne.”
Bev Milner Simonds said: “On this memorable weekend – it was one small step for Crewkerne and one giant leap for local food and drink! It was great to work with the Farmers Market and Crewkerne RFC who held their sign up day on Saturday. The feedback so far has been positive with some learning opportunities but we were very pleased with this first festival in Crewkerne. We are gathering feedback at the moment and hope the town will want the festival to return on July 18th 2020.”