Wells Food Festival prepares for its tenth – and biggest – celebration of food and drink in Somerset
On Sunday October 9, over 150 food and drink producers from across the South West will gather in England’s smallest city for its annual food festival. The free-to-attend event – sponsored by local businesses and headline sponsor Charlie Bigham’s – has grown exponentially since it was launched in 2013, when just 30 Somerset producers congregated to celebrate the local food and drink scene.
This year, Wells Food Festival expects to welcome over 15,000 foodies to the event which will take place at venues in the medieval heart of the city. There’ll be lots of fun for the whole family to get stuck into, from the children’s zone (with its pop-up cookery school and interactive trail) to street food stalls and a Ready Steady Cook inspired challenge with Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers.
The main event will be the artisan market, which will stretch from Wells Market Place along the Palace Moat to the Recreation Ground. It’s a chance to taste and pick up products from some of the region’s finest food and drink brands, discover new trends, stock up on local delicacies and meet the people behind your favourite products.
While the festival is free to attend, there will also be a host of ticketed events taking place during the day. English wine enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the tasting sessions with Ben Franks of Novel Wines in the Celebration of English Wine marquee. Tickets for all the events are available here.
Charlie Bigham says: ‘We are delighted to be part of Wells Food Festival again this year and celebrate the very special ten-year anniversary. There is no better place to immerse yourself into all things foodie. I like to think of Wells as the food capital of the South West!’