Live music, food themed story telling, street theatre, visual art, live farm experience with miniature Shetland ponies, miniature donkey, Pygmy goats, chickens and micro piglets; and food themed sand sculpture.
The hugely popular Kipperland with its quirky kipper smokehouse and fishing exhibition will be returning to the festival this year. Watch fish being prepared and smoked on site and learn all there is to know about the humble herring, while enjoying a taste of traditional oak smoked kippers and bloaters. Learn about the herring’s unique place in history and its super-food qualities and explore the importance of sustainability and the impact that overfishing is having on our seas and marine life. Kipperland is the creation of Kipperman, maritime campaigner, historian and prolific writer Mike Smylie. As a naval architect and seafarer, he’s had an interest in fishy matters for many years; He’ll be there throughout the weekend tending the smokehouse. Ask him about fishing, fisheries, and fish – and you’ll get a very knowledgeable fishy answer.
Edible Festival Garden
Pick up some garden tips and inspiration in our very own Edible Festival Garden which we hope will encourage you to grow your own vegetables, herbs, fruit and edible flowers. Even if you have very little space it’s still possible to grow your own food.
Buy potted herbs and fruit bushes from the Kitchen Garden Plant Centre who will be happy to offer advice on how to stock your garden. Add some heat to your garden with Culmstock Chillies’ impressive range of home grown chilli plants. It’s important to involve kids in gardening too and they will have the opportunity to make seed cards to take home and plant.In this area you can also learn about other local food and growing projects, and how to bring wildlife to your garden.
Many of the plants in the festival garden have been grown by festival volunteers and workers and staff at the Carlton Centre Allotments.
The centre provides services and classes for adult who are not currently in employment or are in recovery from substance misuse or mental Illness. Their courses which include ‘Gardening for Wellbeing’ with practical work on the allotment, are designed to help build knowledge and confidence.
Hobphin Music Festival- The Pudding Sessions
We’re delighted to announce that the legendary Hobphin music festival will be hosting our Live Music Marquee this year with The Pudding Sessions. Acts already confirmed include The Rosa Gray Band, The Jury, September Son, Matt Westcott, Start, PRUCKL, Jamestown Brothers, Karl Griffiths and Trip the Switch.
Musicians will be playing for free and passing the hat around to raise money for the Shiva Charity Nepal. Shiva supports schools and a teacher training centre for art and music in Banepa, Nepal. We support the building of new homes in rural regions devastated by the earthquakes and this year we are raising the money to buy 6 laptops for the training centre and complete a music studio and training facility. The stage and lighting is being very generously provided by Phil Boorman and the PA by Karl Griffiths. With a bar provided by Beat Ales, a music inspired boutique brewery there’s plenty of reasons to join us and smile!
Watch conservation coppice worker, Mark Anson carving spoons and turning plant dibbers on a pole lathe, and see samples of his traditional woodland products and greenwood crafts. Mark has been coppicing for three years and originally trained at Coppicewood College, Pembrokeshire. Based in Weston, he covers the surrounding Somerset Area, producing Bean Poles, Pea Sticks and other useful garden items. He also re-handles tools, skillfully produces his own charcoal as well as running coppicing workshops!
The Food Stories of Weston
Discover all about our Heritage Lottery application for funding to tell the food stories of Weston. From the long forgotten sprat fishing industry and many artisan bakeries that once populated the town, to the ice cream company that had to use turnips as a pineapple replacement during the war, the Cypriot and Greek restaurants and bars and Eastern European food businesses that now populate many of the town’s side streets – we want to bring Weston’s fascinating food heritage to life! Find out more about the project and how YOU can get involved. We want to hear YOUR stories and record YOUR memories!
Taste the World (Sunday)
Come and enjoy a taste of food from around the world prepared by members of Weston Multicultural Friendship Association. The members have prepared typical dishes from their country of origin and will be on hand to talk about the various different ingredients used, and pass on new recipes that you could try at home.
Meet children from Uphill Primary School and their amazing food growing project. Learn about growing your own food, plant some seeds and take part in some exciting soil experiments.
Why not take part in one of our exciting festival competitions- details to follow soon.
Weston super Food Awards (Sunday – Live Music Marquee)
We are delighted to be celebrating the best food and drink that Weston super Mare and surrounding areas has to offer with the Weston super Food Awards.
We select food, drink and local businesses that reflect excellence, in terms of quality, taste and the use of locally sourced ingredients.
Winners will be announced at a special presentation in The Live Music Marquee on Sunday at 11.20am.
Winner’s trophies are kindly sponsored by Pappadoms (2013 winner of Best Takeaway).
Be entertained and amused by some extraordinary street theatre.
Hanging around with Mum and Dad while they deliberate over their food purchases can be tedious for kids which is why we’ve made a big effort to make the festival enjoyable for them too. We’ve brought together lots of food themed activities to keep younger members of the family entertained all weekend. From cooking activities and taste challenges to food themed Lego, crafts and face painting there’s enough variety to suit even the most discerning little person!
Join the lovely people from Weston super Mare Sand Sculpture for a demonstration and workshop and try your hand at creating something foodie from sand.