Clevedon event to follow on October 30

The third eat:Nailsea event will take place on Saturday October 9, with a follow-up, festive edition of the popular food and drink event planned for Saturday December 4. 

The free, one-day festival in October will gather together over 80 regional food and drink producers who will be carefully spaced out along the High Street and in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre. The entire market will take place in the open air, with measures in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Entertainment will also be on the menu once again, in the form of DJs providing background music and socially distanced strolling entertainers and buskers.

The news of the festival comes at a time when more of our favourite happenings are resuming and after a challenging time for producers, as the organisers acknowledged. “Covid restrictions meant many event organisers weren’t able to adapt their model to enable them to continue trading and this cut off a vital revenue stream for these family businesses,” they said. “We have changed how we work and are thrilled to be back working in Nailsea, which has given us one of the warmest welcomes we’ve ever received. The town council and the Crown Glass team have been very supportive and we work in close collaboration with Somerset Farmers’ Markets. It’s great to be able to bring so many local producers and visitors into town for the day.”

A mainstay of the regional food and drink scene, the eat:Festivals delivered six socially distanced and Covid-secure events between lockdowns in 2020, including the Gold Award-winning eat:Portishead and eat:Nailsea. 

“We know that weekend shindigs, days out and socialising have all been turned on their head over the past year, with plans disrupted and many regular events cancelled,” the organisers said. “Our events have been made possible through the support of local council officers helping us to plan a fresh series of adapted markets in 2021.” 

The team have managed to host seven major festivals to date this year, together with three pop-up editions. October’s event will see many local favourites in attendance, such as Nailsea Cider, Nutts Scotch Eggs and Clevedon Pier gin – plus patisserie, charcuterie and deli options, alongside a great range of street food. The team promised to be back at Christmas “with added tinsel”, providing visitors with a wonderful warm up to the festive season. “Many producers will be creating festive flavours and, of course, we have a visit booked for the ‘man in big red trousers’,” they said.

For details of all forthcoming festivals, go to www.eatfestivals.org.