Are you the Festival Sweetheart?
The Burnham on Sea Food & Drink Festival have launched their Festival Bursary offering up to FIVE FREE trading pitches at the Festival on 24 May.

Festival Director Sarah Milner Simonds said “Through the Food & Drink festival we have shown our commitment to supporting local traders to build sustainable businesses and now we want to help new businesses make their first steps into trading. We recognise we have an opportunity to assist in developing the skills, abilities and knowledge of all food and drink producers.”

Fellow festival Director Beverley Milner Simonds continued “The scheme is designed to encourage business start-up and self-employment within Somerset. We are providing up to five discretionary bursary awards for pitches at the May Food & Drink festival. We had a great footfall (over 7000) at each of the 2014 festivals and we hope that opportunity will be seized on by new traders.” 

One of last year’s benefactors, The Chilli Alchemist, Jay Webley told us “I was so pleased to be offered a bursary from Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival as it provided me with an opportunity to start building my customer base. Having invested heavily, the financial respite was most welcome and a brilliant idea that should be encouraged & adopted by other event organisers. I’ had  a great day trading at the last year’s festival; the feedback from customers was great and the support from other traders really encouraged me.”

The Bursary is for food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail trade before. (You may have been producing and selling direct to restaurant or a business but not direct to the public). But time is running out – applications need to be in before 14 March and can be downloaded from