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Wells Food Festival

Wells Food Festival

Wells Food Festival showcases a wide range of Somerset’s brilliant artisan food and drink producers. It first began in 2013, and always takes place on the second Sunday in October. The festival runs from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Entry is free, but at least one of the 200+ stalls will no doubt tempt you into making a purchase or two!

wells food festival

Wells is a beautiful city and the food festival certainly makes good use of some of the best sights that it has to offer. Event stalls are located in the medieval market place, on the Bishop’s Palace Green, in the Recreation Ground (also home to plenty of play equipment for young ones) and alongside the moat. Pop into the Town Hall and you could be tempted by a host of edible delights and hand-crafted products.

Wells Food Festival


In 2023, Wells Food Festival included a dedicated Children’s Zone with interactive trail and a ‘Fun Kitchen’ which enabled children to take part in a cookery workshop. Ingredients, aprons and chefs’ hats were all provided free of charge! (You needed to head to the area early to book a session.)

Wells Food Festival


wells food festival offers plenty to drink too

Local vineyards and some from further afield often showcase their wares. Dotted around the festival are lots of other drinks producers selling outstanding beers, ciders, spirits and soft drinks.

One of the new areas in the 2023 food festival was ‘Food for Thought’. With many people across the country being forced to turn to food banks, this area was designed to demonstrate how a community can pull together to help. Alongside food poverty, issues such as energy bills and food waste were also addressed.

Wells Food Festival 2023


Behind the scenes is a small team of dedicated volunteers who are crucial in making the Wells Food Festival happen. The festival attracts thousands of people (10,000+ on a sunny day) and with that comes the need for stewards, electrics, insurance, rubbish collection, health and safety, etc, etc. The team and the numerous sponsors should be applauded for making this great event happen.

It is one of my favourite festivals in Somerset (and there are lots to choose from!). Do come and experience Wells Food Festival. Bring your friends, some spending money and a healthy appetite. And if you need somewhere to stay, The Cross at Croscombe is just a couple of miles away.


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