2020 food festival to be virtual event
WELLS Food Festival will be going virtual for 2020.
While the physical event is being put on the back-burner until 2021, the organisers have teamed up with Wells-based Charlie Bigham’s to host a unique virtual festival over the weekend of October 10 and 11.
Championing local food and drink has never been more important so artisan producers have been put at the heart of the online event, showcasing more than 150 from the region.
Charlie Bigham said: “The South West is home to a wealth of fantastic independent producers, who have nurtured their businesses by investing time, resource and passion over many years.
“Our aim is to help this artisan community by bringing the Wells Food Festival to a virtual national audience, giving foodies across the country the chance to support and buy from specialist artisan producers.”
A packed festival programme has been put together for home cooks and food lovers alike. There will be live-streamed masterclasses, cook-alongs and talks by Charlie Bigham and his team of master chefs, plus guest appearances by food stalwarts such as William Sitwell.
At-home festival-goers can sign up to a series of workshops. These include flower arranging with Georgie Newby from Common Farm Flowers, a live drawing workshop with renowned illustrator Emily Sutton and some ‘no dig’ gardening hints and tips from Charles Dowding.
And for the festival finishing touch, there will be live-streamed music by blues band Harlem Rhythm Cats.
It’s been a challenging year. But Jon Abbott, festival director of Wells Food Festival, said: “We want 2020 to be remembered as the year we went above and beyond to champion our region’s amazing food.”
To keep updated with the festival programme, visit www.wellsfoodfestival.bighams.com
• Picture: Harlem Rhythm Cats