UWE Bristol sponsors festival showcasing the best of North Somerset

Issue date: 12 September 2014

13 Sept - 5 Oct 2014

The 'Made in North Somerset Festival', now in its fourth year, is a three week celebration of local food, drink, art and craft events which will take place at a host of venues across North Somerset, many not normally open to the public.

The festival, which takes place every autumn, is co-ordinated by the Economic Development Service at North Somerset Council and is sponsored this year by UWE Bristol. The primary aim of the festival is to showcase the host of high quality producers in North Somerset; from the artisan to those now exporting worldwide and everything in between.

During the three weeks, members of the general public will be able to attend 'Meet the Maker' events, which offer a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what goes into making some of the regions fantastic products; including: cookery and craft workshops; demonstrations; brewery, orchard and vineyard tours; farm open days; apple pressing, wild foraging walks and tasting evenings.

"We are very grateful to the UWE Bristol for supporting this event," Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council's Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development said recently. "Our producers are passionate about what they do and this is a great opportunity for people to see how much work and dedication goes into producing such high quality food, drink and crafts, right here in North Somerset.”

Tracey John, Head of UWE Bristol's Research and Business Development Team said, “UWE Bristol is delighted to be supporting a festival that celebrates the food, drink and craft industries in North Somerset.

“Some of the UK's most recognisable food and drink brands are located here, while the innovative nature of its small and medium sized producers, and the creative talents of its independent artists and crafts-people, are nationally recognised.

“UWE Bristol already offers North Somerset food and drink producers a range of expertise and resources (laboratory access, assistance with product development, help to achieve manufacturing efficiencies and waste reduction goals, etc) and is keen to meet and support even more enterprises across the region. We are also looking forward to enjoying the tastes and sights on offer during the next three weeks!”

The festival culminates in the 'Made in North Somerset' Showcase on the first weekend of October at The National Trust Tyntesfield Estate. This expansive market will feature 42 food, drink, art and craft stallholders from across the region.

Entrance to the market is free, with the event itself taking place in the upper and lower courtyards. There will be live music throughout the day, as well as a host of different activities taking place across the Estate, some of which will require entrance to the main Tyntesfield gardens. These include, children's activities in the courtyard, children's food trail, kitchen garden tours, apple pressing, talks on bee-keeping and a 'Bake Off' competition.

For more information about the events taking place, as well as the festival itself, please visit the Made in North Somerset homepage or follow @Madeinnsomerset on twitter.

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