Keynsham Food Festival serves up £900 for Scouts

Published on: 05 Dec 2014

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Not only did Keynsham Food Festival give local food producers a chance to shine and the community a taste of what’s on offer, but it also raised money for a local cause.

Members of 1st Keynsham Scouts attended December’s meeting of the town’s Chamber of Commerce to collect £900 to go towards the youngsters’ activities.

The cheque was presented to the Scouts by Lyn Young, joint chair of the chamber, and Liz Barling, food festival organiser.

The Scouts’ HQ in Ashton Way became Food Festival HQ for one day in September, when more than 2,000 visitors passed through its doors to try and buy produce from local food and drink businesses.

Organised by PR consultant Liz Barling,  the event attracted corporate sponsorship from Waitrose, Taylor Wimpey and Andrews Estate Agents and stallholders enjoyed a brisk trade, with some having to restock half-way through as their wares were snapped up.

Cookery talks and demonstrations proved popular, including a fish stew by Barry Farrell of Farrells Restaurant and alcoholic drinks made from foraged ingredients as demonstrated by Taste of the West Gold Award winner Chris Westgate of Heavenly Hedgerows.

Representatives from Avon Wildlife Trust and Cancer Research were also present at the festival, and said they were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Keynsham community.

A spokesperson said: “Keynsham Food Festival is growing year on year, supporting our fabulous local produce and businesses. Look out for next year’s event, which will be held in September.”

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