The Bursary sponsored by Thatchers Cider

Meet our winners!

Our 2019 winners are:

Bake me Crazy

That's Nacho Burrito

Park Preserves

Little Lucy's Farmhouse Fudge

Wye Valley Meadery

Magpies of Minehead and

Banh Wagon

The Bursary offers support to new businesses to enable them to make their first steps into trading. The Bursary, sponsored by Thatchers Cider, aims to encourage business start-ups to consider festival trading and an entrepreneurial spirit in Somerset. The producers to benefit from a free pitch at the festival and there is support from the organisers throughout the year. 


The Bursary, sponsored by the fourth generation Somerset cidermaker is for food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail trade before.


We want local businesses to benefit from the festival. By partnering with Thatchers Cider we are able to offer a chance for new businesses make their first steps into trading.

We recognise we have an opportunity to assist in developing the skills, abilities and knowledge of all food and drink producers.

The scheme is designed to encourage business start-up and self-employment within the local area.

Martin Thatcher of Thatchers Cider says, 

“eat:Festivals does a fantastic job in bringing the local food and drink experience to people in Somerset with this unique brand of festivals. By providing a bursary to ten first time traders throughout 2019 we are delighted to help encourage the entrepreneurial spirit amongst Somerset’s fantastic food and drink producers.”


Carly Westcott of Coo-coo-ca-choo Gourmet Cupcakes

"I was so excited to received this Bursary in 2018 to trade at eat:Portishead festival, the doors this opened for me were great and really useful. We had access to expert advice on how to get the best out of the day, free publicity, as well as being able to trade for free. We had a brilliant days trade and the feedback was tremendous."


Award winning locally focused events

Wellington + Taunton + Burnham-on-Sea + Weston-super-Mare 

Castle Cary + Clevedon + Nailsea + Yeovil +

Portishead + Minehead + Honiton


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