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THE 2023 FESTIVAL PROGRAMME IS NOW LIVE!
JOIN US FOR THE SOMERSET FOOD TRAIL FESTIVAL: 14-30 JULY 2023
We've got some amazing events this year! Some of the website is still being updated – such as the calendars for the different cluster areas. These will be added very soon. In the meantime, check out the participants page and our interactive map and start planning your Summer adventures in food!
LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, DELICIOUS!
The Somerset Food Trail Festival celebrates the best, most sustainably produced local food. It's the first of its kind: a countywide event focused specifically on our more nature-friendly farmers and artisan producers - the local food heroes who are leading the transition to a new era of regenerative, 'agroecological' farming, to cut emissions, restore wildlife and produce better, tastier, more nourishing food.
The 2022 Festival featured 247 events organised by farmers, growers, food producers, farm shops, delis, cafés, pubs and eateries, and attracted nearly 9,000 visitors over the ten-day event. This year, we've added an extra week, spreading it out across the calendar and the full length and breadth of the county from Exmoor in the West to Bristol and Bath.
The 2023 event programme is now LIVE, so get the dates in your diary, sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media to be the first to hear what's on near you. Some events have limited places, so good to book early, and we've got some great ticket giveaways coming up too, so stay tuned!
FEASTS AND TASTINGS
THIS YEAR'S THEME
The Somerset Food Trail Festival celebrates the farms, landscapes, people and places behind Somerset’s most nature-friendly food and drink. This year's theme is 'feasts and tastings' to get everyone trying our fantastic produce.
Some venues have taken up our '30-mile Feast Challenge' – where most of the ingredients have been sourced from a 30-mile radius. But there are a huge variety of other events, including open days, farm tours, family picnics and more.
Many events on the Food Trail are free, but a few special events, such as the feasts, require you to buy tickets in advance. Participating pubs and restaurants will celebrate local food with a special menu or tasting event.
If in doubt, check with the venue before setting out.
Photo by Matilda Temperley
A FARM-TO-FORK SHOWCASE
Based on the 'open studios' model of arts trails, the Somerset Food Trail Festival sees farmers, growers and food producers open their doors to the public at set times in July.
From biodynamic vineyards to community-funded food forests; aquaponic market gardens to milk-based vodka distillers; fermenters, foragers, smokeries, goat herders, bakeries: you name it, it’s here. And that’s before you get started on the cider and the cheese!
This is a chance to get out and explore some of the country's most beautiful and bountiful landscapes: a feast for the senses!
Our aim is to showcase the range and richness of Somerset’s sustainable producers, while highlighting the crucial role we can all play in creating a shift to more nature-friendly farming through our everyday food choices.
"Somerset is an amazing, beautiful county, producing food that’s recognised around the world. I’m delighted to support the Somerset Food Trail as a way of encouraging people to ‘buy local’, find out more about how food is made, and learn what farmers are doing to protect and care for the environment.”
Dairy farmer and founder of Glastonbury Festival