None of us could have imagined, back in 2012, that what started out as a Great Somerset Sunday Lunch with a handful of stalls, would become so large, so diverse, and so popular that the Daily Telegraph chose us recently as one of Europe’s best food festivals.
Wells Food Festival is now firmly established in the Somerset calendar, with around 15,000 visitors coming to browse almost 200 food and drink stalls, all set in the extraordinary surroundings of England’s smallest city.
In the early days the Festival was confined to the medieval Market Place, but now it continues into the beautiful grounds of the Bishop’s Palace, along the Palace moat walk and into the Recreation Ground.
A small team of less than 10 volunteers organised last year’s event, booking and locating stallholders, marquees, electrics and safety equipment, recruiting stewards and raising sponsorship to fund the event, as well as arranging insurance and rubbish disposal.
From the very start, we have stuck firmly to our prime aim – to showcase and celebrate the high-quality work of our county’s artisan food and drink producers and manufacturers.
By attracting such a large audience, we are proud to play our part in boosting stallholders’ businesses, as well as the local economy, the city’s prestige and the tourism on which the whole area depends so very much.
Plus we hope to give each of our visitors a fulfilling day, packed with flavour, surprises, fun and learning.