FRIDAY 15th – SUNDAY 24th JULY
LOCAL, SUSTAINABABLE, DELICIOUS!
July's 'fabuous' Somerset Food Trail Festival is set to become a key event in the county’s annual calendar following a very successful event this year. The ten-day Somerset Food Trail Festival, which ran from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 July, celebrates the best of locally produced, delicious and sustainable food.It 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.
This year's event – the first following a small pilot in 2018 – was declared a roaring success after more than 190 farmers, growers, food producers, cafes, pubs and restaurants took part. More than 7,000 people visited the website, and the online brochure was viewed more than 7,600 times, with 10,000 printed copies distributed county wide. Read more about the response to the 2022 event in our press release.
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 in July 2022.
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 took part in July 2022, 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 had live music, book talks and family-friendly creative workshops and performances, thanks to our partners Take Art and the Cultivate project.
The idea is that venues choose when they open during the Festival, so you should 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.
"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.