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LOOK BACK AT THE 2022 SOMERSET FOOD TRAIL FESTIVAL

FEASTING GALORE – THE 2023 FESTIVAL

After the ‘roaring success’, of the 2022 Somerset Food Festival, we had even more amazing food adventures in 2023 – and this time, with more time to enjoy them having extended the festival from the original 10 days to 17, so that we could accommodate three weekends, with the weeks in between.

 

More than 170 venues put on 385 events for the 2023 Somerset Food Trail Festival, including a series of around 40 fabulous 30-mile feasts highlighting the best of local sustainably produced veg and grassfed meat. We tasted wines, cider and cheeses, toured farms and smallholdings, explored eateries and farm shops, and discovered regenerative producers across the county, from the Chew Valley to Wedmore and Wiveliscombe to Crewkerne. Thank you to everyone who took part and to all of our visitors for joining in! We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our sponsors and volunteers for making the Food Trail happen. While this year's Food Trail is finished, the work goes on – please continue to support and celebrate local, sustainable producers whenever you can. 

Some key stats:

  • 198 participating enterprises took part

  • 247 events held

  • Organised and publicised by 25 volunteers

  • 8,500 to 10,000 visitors over the festival

  • 65,726 people reached via social media

  • Coverage on ITV Regional News, The Guardian, Independent, various national magazines and key local media

  • 7,055 unique visitors to the website

  • 10,000 copies of the brochure distributed

  • 85% of visitors surveyed said they would come again

  • 80% of visitors surveyed said they had increased their knowledge and awareness of sustainable farming and food production

  • Three quarters of surveyed visitors said they were inspired to take action as a result of taking part, including buying local/sustainable produce.

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Considering we'd set out with a plan to showcase 60 venues, perhaps 80 if we were lucky, as you can see, the Food Trail far exceeded all our expectations. We would like to offer a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved – all our generous sponsors, volunteers, venues and visitors – for sharing the ‘Local Love’ . Further findings of how the event went can be found in our Evaluation Report; thanks to Colin Atkinson for all his work on this.

Take a look at last year's Festival Guide below to get an idea of who was involved in the 2022 Food Trail. Bon appetit!

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2022 SFT brochure

"Participating in the Food Trail made a significant difference to our farm and farm shop, providing the opportunity to show people the difference that farming organically makes to the environment and animal welfare"

– Rob Walrond, organic farmer, Glebe Farm

OUR 2022 SPONSORS

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The Somerset Food Trail is

organised by Sustainable Food Somerset.

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