FRIDAY 15th – SUNDAY 24th JULY
LOCAL, SUSTAINABABLE, DELICIOUS!
Welcome to the Somerset Food Trail Festival – celebrating the best of locally produced, delicious and sustainable food. The ten-day Somerset Food Trail Festival runs from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 July and is a county-wide, farm-to-fork showcase that puts the spotlight on Somerset's smaller-scale, more regenerative farmers and artisan producers, and the stores, cafes, pubs and restaurants that support them.
ABOUT THE FOOD TRAIL
A FARM TO FORK SHOWCASE
The Somerset Food Trail Festival celebrates the farms, landscapes, people and places behind Somerset’s most flavourful and nature-friendly food.
Based on the 'open studios' model of arts trails, the 10-day Food Trail Festival sees farmers, growers and food producers open their doors to the public at set times between Friday 15 and Sunday 24 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!
Around 190 venues are taking part, offering a wealth of experiences from farm visits, beer and cheese tasting and vineyard tours to sausage and cider festivals, fermenting and pickling demonstration, foraging workshops and introductory sessions on aquaponics.
We also have live music, book talks and family-friendly creative workshops and performances, thanks to our partners Take Art and the Cultivate project.
Venues choose when they open during the Festival, so check the brochure and the interactive map to find out what's on and when.
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.
NEW EVENTS AND UPDATES
The deadline for adding events to the Food Trail has passed. Look out for details on applying to join next year's Somerset Food Trail.
Modern smallholding near Shepton Mallet growing and making artisan food and drink, with sheep, pigs, bees, hens and more. Home to Cultjar.co.uk. Farm tours plus a demo on fermenting and pickling. MORE INFORMATION
Frome's Rye Bakery, in collaboration with Owen Barratt (ex Monty's Deli, London) is creating a four-course provincial feast and tour of its farm. Plus, walk around the market gardens, witness the flour mill in action. MORE INFORMATION
Glastonbury Celebration of Food
A day celebrating local and sustainable food, with speakers, exhibitions and stalls. Talks range from 'a co-operative vision of farming, agroecology and food justice, growing food for for free and much more. MORE INFORMATION
Visit Bagnell Farm between Yeovil and Crewkerne, set in 174 acres of well fenced grassland and woodland, to see their unusual breeds, including prize winning Ruby Red Devon cattle, Jacob sheep and Iron Age Pigs. MORE INFORMATION
Historian and author James Crowden will deliver a fascinating insight into how science has been used and developed in the Somerset cider-making industry over time. He will also have copies of his book available to buy. Special Cafe Scientifique event for the Food Trail.. MORE INFORMATION
Guided Electric Cycle Safaris
Five-hour tours by electric bicycle of Somerset's most iconic cider, wine and cheese country, with visits to a host of Food Trail venues, tastings and lunc. Five hour tours (2.5 hours cycling, 2.5 hours eating & drinking. MORE INFORMATION
Tag your Food Trail photos #somersetfoodtrail!
"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
The food trail is mostly free, although there is a modest charge for some special events. Participating pubs and restaurants celebrate local food with a special menu during the event.