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  • Food Festival | Somerset Food Trail

    The Pigpen Wraxall Vineyard Horrell & Horrell The Pigpen 1/24 THE FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS IN 2025! THE SOMERSET FOOD TRAIL FESTIVAL: 13-27 JULY 2025 We had some amazing food adventures on the Somerset Food Trail Festival last year, with over 170 venues putting on 385 events, including a series of fabulous 30-mile feasts highlighting the best of local sustainably produced veg and grassfed meat. And we're looking forward to doing it all again – in 2025. THE REASON FOR POSTPONING TO 2025 As many of you may know, the Somerset Food Trail Festival is organised by a tiny group of volunteers. To our delight, in the last couple of years it has grown beyond our wildest imaginings. Last year saw more than 170 venues putting on 385 events, attracting some 4,000 visitors to feasts, farm tours and tastings the length and breadth of the county – which is fantastic news! But it has grown so fast that now we need to take the time put it on a more sustainable footing, rather than continue to rely on volunteers. So we have reluctantly decided to postpone this year's festival to enable us to grow our funding and our team to ensure long-term sustainability. We've also got a lot going on this year, including an exciting new merger with fellow local food champions Somerset Community Food , and a new sustainable food and farming conference, LandAlive, which we're organising in collaboration with the Bath & West Agricultural Society and Somerset Council. READ ME Please click on our newsletter (above right) to find out more – including about the LandAlive conference. And although we won't be organising the Food Trail Festival this year, we will continue to actively promote your events on social media throughout the year. This website will also be regularly updated as part of our mission to support and celebrate local, sustainable producers. If you're listed on the website already, or wish to be, please make sure you're signed up to our mailing list , and look out for a new form to be added to the website shortly for new producers. NATURE-FRIENDLY 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 2023 event programme is now finished, but you can check out the fantastic producers via this website. Do sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media to be the first to hear what's on near you. FEASTS AN D TA S TINGS LAST YE A R 'S THE ME ​ The Somerset Food Trail Festival celebrates the farms, landscapes, people and places behind Somerset’s most nature-friendly food and drink. Last year's theme was 'feasts and tastings' to get everyone trying our fantastic produce. Nearly 40 venues took up our '30-mile Feast Challenge ' – where most of the ingredients were sourced from a 30-mile radius. There was also 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 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! NAVIGATING THE FOO D TRAIL HOW THE FOOD TRAIL WORKS There is not one ‘Somerset Food Trail’. You choose the route yourself based on what catches your eye or whets your appetite. A good starting point is our interactive map which will give you an overview of what's on, where. We've divided the Trail into clusters , or areas, to make it easier to navigate. You don’t, of course, have to confine yourself to one area, although each area will offer plenty to see and do.​ ​ Venues open for set times during the festival, and opening times vary, so check out the venue listing and their website before heading out. The Food Trail Festival is mostly free, although some events have a modest fee, and there will be a charge for feasts, of course. Map A GUIDE TO 2023 HIGHLIGHTS FOOD TRAIL DIGESTS FIRST DIGEST 4TH DIGEST 2ND DIGEST 5TH DIGEST 3RD DIGEST 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. MORE ABOUT THE 2023 FESTIVAL FOLLOW THE FLAVOUR! 2023 SPECIAL EVENTS SUSTAINABILITY 2023 PARTICIPANTS ORGANISERS INTERACTIVE MAP CONTACT US "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.” MICHAEL EAVIS, Dairy farmer and founder of Glastonbury Festival Newsletter The Somerset Food Trail is organised by Sustainable Food Somerset . Kindly sponsored by: ​

  • 2022 Food Trail | Somerset Food Trail

    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, toure d 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. ​ 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. EXPLORE THE 2022 TRAIL 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! 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, Gleb e Farm OUR 2022 SPONSORS Newsletter The Somerset Food Trail is organised by Sustainable Food Somerset .

  • 2022 Food Trail | Somerset Food Trail

    LOOK BACK AT THE 2022 SOMERSET FOOD TRAIL FESTIVAL THE 2022 FESTIVAL: A 'ROARING SUCCESS!' We were blown away by last year's Somerset Food Trail Festival – the first one we'd held since our small pilot to test the concept, and then delayed by Covid for two years. And what an amazing ten days it was! A ‘roaring success’ , according to the Western Gazette. Click on the video above to recall the heady days of July 2022 when you joined us in celebrating the very best sustainably produced food in Somerset. 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. ​ 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. EXPLORE THE 2022 TRAIL 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! 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, Gleb e Farm OUR 2022 SPONSORS Newsletter The Somerset Food Trail is organised by Sustainable Food Somerset .

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