The Somerset Food Trail Festival is organised by team of volunteers led by Sustainable Food Somerset, a non-profit run by five trustees from across Somerset. Sustainable Food Somerset (formerly Wells Food Network) is a member of the national network of Sustainable Food Places, a partnership programme led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain which encourages a cross-sector approach to tackling failings in our current food system.
New to the team this year is Graham Harvey - journalist, author and former agricultural story editor for The Archers, whose new book 'Underneath The Archers: My Life as an Undercover Agent for Nature' is published by Unbound
"Much of our farmland no longer produces the food evolution prepared us for. It's happened as a result of poor science and corportate ruthlessness, and our own lack of interest. The good news? If we all get stuck in, we can fix this."
– Graham Harvey
THE PIG - NEAR BATH
A hotel and popular restaurant, THE PIG - near Bath is big on sustainability. We especially like their commitment to source at least 80% of the food that they serve from within a 25 mile radius of the hotel, including their own extensive kitchen gardens. As such they support a number of the producers represented on this year's Trail. We look forward to a day when 'local first' and 'sustainable only' is common policy, not just in upmarket eateries and hotels but in hospitals and schools as well.
PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS
We owe a special thanks to our project partners and supporters:
SOMERSET TOWN COUNCIL
Generous sponsors of the Trail for the last two years, committed to supporting the transition to more sustainable farming and food. They also host the annual SCOP Climate Conference for parish leaders in Somerset.
LANGPORT TOWN COUNCIL
Langport Council has kindly supported us two years in a row, and have taken their commitment to local food to the next level this year by launching the monthly Langport Local Market. They're also behind Totally Locally Langport's 'Magic Tenner week', a great way to get the 'buy local' message out there to boost the local economy.
THE GREEN SCYTHE FAIR
The Green Scythe Fair is a magical one day environmental fair in a beautiful setting on the Somerset Levels run entirely by volunteers. A highlight in the calendar!
We are deeply grateful to all the organisations whose generous financial support enabled us to put on the Somerset Food Trail Festival in previous years, which set us on our way towards this year's festival. We particularly wish to record our sincere appreciation of the support provided by Martin Stanley, without whose vision and commitment we would not have been able to get this project off the ground.
HISTORIC PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS:
This project is supported by WWF-UK’s Land, Food and Farming Fund.
SOMERSET FOOD TRAIL
WEDMORE – David Hopkins
WELLS & WOOKEY – Sarah Briton, Ellie Brown, Jade Ogden
CHEDDAR, WESTBURY-SUB-MENDIP, EASTON – Susie Weldon
GLASTONBURY & STREET – Melissa Taylor, Sarah Hallam, Kim Robinson
SHEPTON MALLET – Susan Ayton
FROME – Hugh Thomas, Vicki Hunter
BRUTON, CASTLE CARY, WINCANTON – Penny Steiner, Jane Durney
SOMERTON, LONG SUTTON, LANGPORT, MARTOCK, SOUTH PETHERTON – Kate and Damon Bridge, Liz Pickering
YEOVIL & ILCHESTER, CREWKERNE, ILMINSTER, CHARD, SOUTH PETHERTON – Katy Tilley, Mark Helyar
WIVILESCOMBE – William Sitwell
WEST SOMERSET - Graham Harvey
WELLINGTON - Adam Lockyear
Flyer Design: Mark Matcham Design
Facebook masthead: Kate Lynch
Map illustration: Annabel Tempest
Ring for Cider photograph: Sara Gaskins
Website development: Susie Weldon
Social media: Fiona Winter
Photography: Matilda Temperley, Georgina Preston (Wiveliscombe), Ben Pulletz, Sara Gaskins, Oliver Edwards and many others.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US WITH NEXT YEAR'S TRAIL?
We are looking for volunteer cluster coordinators, film makers and photographers. We're also looking for someone who has experience in advertising sales to develop an Accommodation side of the website, among other things. If any of the roles are of interest, please contact us Susie via email@example.com
Somerset Food Trail would like to thank all participating enterprises, hosts, performers, guest curators, individuals and partner organisations for their support, co-operation and enthusiasm, and for their dedication to producing the finest quality, local, sustainable food and drink.