How we put our Bake Off hats on for the Wells Food Festival

As part of our firm’s ongoing commitment to community- and charity-based projects, we were pleased to support the Wells Food Festival on 9 October this year.

The Wells Food Festival is a celebratory festival that promotes locally produced food and drink from the Somerset region. Currently in its 10th year of operation, the festival showcases more than 150 local traders selling artisan products.

It also provides a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their specialist products. Every year the festival hosts new innovative products from small start-ups and gives a voice to their inspiring stories. 

As part of our team’s involvement in the festival, we were invited to judge the bread, cake, and desserts category. A tough job!

Read about how we donned our Great British Bake Off hats, channelled our inner Paul Hollywoods and Mary Berrys, and helped judge some local delicacies.

Wells Food Festival is a community interest company that promotes local innovation

Founded in 2013, the initiative has sought to bring attention to the high-quality, artisan craftwork of local food and drink producers.

The annual festival sees around 15,000 visitors each year, who come to browse the culinary delights showcased at more than 150 stalls.

The festival also hosts wine tastings, as well as activities for children, and cookery workshops.

It is free to attend, and stallholders’ fees are minimal with the festival deriving its income from local sponsors and donations whose generous funds allow the event to continue.

The festival plays a part in boosting local businesses, promoting the local economy, improving the city’s reputation, and helping to drive the tourism trade on which the area depends.

Judging pastry delights from some of the most talented bakers in the Southwest

Simon Trebble and Veronica Devereux from our Wells office, attended the festival to judge the bread, cake, and desserts category.

The pair agreed that it was an incredibly difficult task with so many talented, local, artisan bakers in attendance. 

The category’s criteria included the use of local ingredients and the level of community engagement. After much deliberating, Simon and Veronica were proud to present Sarah Hunter, and Barley Sugar Bakehouse, the prize certificate.

The business, which Sarah owns alongside her husband Nigel, produces fantastic breads, pastries, and desserts from their base in Crewkerne, Somerset. 

If you find yourself in Crewkerne on a Saturday morning, you should put a visit on your itinerary, or try to look out for the Barley Sugar Bakehouse team at the local markets.

From success in the kitchen to success in the office

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Jamie Havard joined our Brunel Capital Partners team in 2019 having previously worked as a statistician at the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

After spending the past few years working as a paraplanner within the team, focusing the spotlight on key issues such as sustainability and gender equality, Jamie recently fulfilled his goal of transitioning into financial planning.

We are very proud of Jamie for his achievement and would like to congratulate him on becoming a fully-fledged financial planner.

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