A PAIR of Somerset event planners were shocked to find they had been mentioned by PRINCE CHARLES in a new book.
Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, who run the eat: Festivals company which hosts award-winning food events throughout the county, have been chosen by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in the introduction of a new book exploring Somerset.
Deepest Somerset, released last week, is a new post that explores people, places and community roots.
Written by Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weit, the book is the third and final in their series, lifting the veil on West Country counties and what makes them unique.
In the book, Prince Charles writes: âBev and Sarah Milner are particularly striking. [Simonds] description of their arrival in Somerset to discover that their new neighbors felt completely disconnected from the productive landscape surrounding their city, and how this inspired them to create their food festivals to bring people and the land together. ”
PROUD: Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, directors of Eat: Festivals
Sparkle at eat: Festivals manager Sarah Milner Simonds said: âWe were blown away to read the introduction and be picked like that – there are over 400 companies and people in the book and to think about all that our origin story touched on Prince Charles is mind-boggling. ”
And spreadsheet chief Bev added: âIt’s been nine years (this month) since we had our first food and drink festival right here in our hometown of Burnham-on-Sea.
âSince then the event has grown here and we have been invited to host festivals in 20 different cities, welcomed over 850,000 visitors, won 27 awards, created 4,890 business opportunities and generated over Â£ 42 million. sterling of local economic impact.
“We are extremely proud of what we have created and shattered with this incredible recognition.”
Fanny and Gay will be at the next eat: Burnham-on-Sea event on Saturday 23 October with copies of their book, and the others in the Deepest series.