The 'Made in North Somerset festival'- a three week celebration of local food, drink, art and craft
The Made in North Somerset festival which takes place every autumn is co-ordinated by the Economic Development Service at North Somerset Council. The aim of the festival is to showcase our fantastic North Somerset producers from the artisan to those now exporting worldwide and everything in between. Our primary aim is to raise awareness of the high quality produce, arts and crafts that are made in the area and encourage people to support these local businesses and shop local throughout the year.
The fifth ‘Made in North Somerset’ festival took place this autumn 12 September - 4 October with even more local producers taking part. 'Meet the maker' events took place at venues across North Somerset and offered the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what goes into making these products. The variety of events across the three weeks ensured there was almost certainly something to appeal for everyone including: trout fishing, chocolate making, craft workshops and demonstrations; brewery, orchard and vineyard tours; apple pressing, and delicious tasting evenings.
Play Thatchers' Apple Pressing Day video to see just how much these families enjoyed their apple pressing experience in 2014.
The festival finale is always a glorious 2 day market at National Trust Tyntesfield which features over 50 local stallholders and is unique in the fact that ALL products are made in North Somerset. The weekend includes a host of family activities: tours and talks, food trails, story telling, apple pressing, demonstrations and toe tapping folk, jazz, sea shanties and pop from local musicians. Over 10,000 people attended this year's market and events and great feedback was received from both visitors and the exhibitors.
In 2016 we intend to take a break from the three week event programme and concentrate our efforts on our fantastic two day market at the glorious Tyntesfield estate. The market will take place on 1 and 2 October 2016.
We would of course like to encourage you to shop local and source locally throughout the year so do have a look at the details of our regular Farmers, Village and Local Produce markets in North Somerset. To keep the most up to date with news and views on the food, drink and creative activities taking place in and around North Somerset give us a follow us on Twitter @Madeinnsomerset