Wells Food Festival
Lynda Brown - 10 October 2013
Next Sunday, 20 October, will find me at the first Wells Food Festival and I’m hoping that anyone interested in food – especially supporting local food producers, that live in the area, will be there too. I’m making the effort to go to this one firstly because it is determinedly local; secondly because they’ve got some interesting ‘walks and talks'; thirdly because they’ve got a debate on milk, (a subject close to my heart) chaired by Soil Association trustee Joanna Blythman; and finally because the beautiful market town of Wells is now the latest rural market town to fall victim of the SS – Supermarket Saturation.
Two more, Morrisons and Waitrose, have opened in the last year, making it five in total. How is a wonderful market town like Wells, with only 10,000 inhabitants supposed to keep local food alive faced with competition like that?
The milk thing is one of the biggest issues facing Somerset and the whole South West. We are losing our dairy farmers at an alarming rate; the more the public are aware of this, and are prepared to buy real milk from small scale local dairy farmers who take pride in their milk and methods of production, rather than any old milk from the supermarket, the better the chance we have of changing this.
The panel includes David Cotton, former chairman of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF); pasture loving dairy farmer, Neil Darwent; and Judith Freane from our own award winning Brown Cow Organics. There’s also a milk tasting (fascinating, by the way, if you’ve never done one) and a showing of Moo Man.
I’m also hoping to taste and enjoy lots of delicious food (pubs and restaurants are serving special local ingredients lunches) and finally get the chance to hear the Ethicureans. See you there !