Sustainable Food Somerset

Sustainable Food Somerset is an alliance of individuals and organisations passionate about making healthy, sustainably grown food accessible to all. We aim to increase nature- and climate-friendly approaches to farming and build the market for sustainably produced food, which we believe are critical to curb carbon emissions, boost biodiversity and enhance longterm food security. We also believe that good food is the foundation of health, community and joy.

Sustainable Food Somerset was originally founded as the Wells Food Network in 2016, following a debate entitled Eat the Landscape at the 2015 Wells Food Festival, which highlighted the importance of food to our landscape, environment and the climate crisis, as well as to our local economy and health.

In 2023, we changed our name to Sustainable Food Somerset to better reflect our activities across the county. We are a volunteer-led organisation, run by a board of five trustees, with a network of volunteers.

Our partners include Cultivate (a Take Art initiative), Feed Avalon, Glastonbury Growers, One Planet Bruton, Green Wedmore, Reimagining the Levels, Sustainable Wells, Somerset Community Food, Somerset Local Food, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset Climate Action Network.

 

 

What we do

Sustainable Food Somerset organises the annual Somerset Food Trail Festival (www.somersetfoodtrail.org), now in its second year. which is modelled on an arts trail concept and sees farmers, growers and food producers opening to the public in the second half of July. Participating cafes, pubs and restaurants focus on local sustainably produced food during that time, with Food Trail menus.

After a pilot event in 2018, we launched our first full-scale festival in 2022 with 198 participating enterprises and 247 events, ranging from cider and cheese tastings to farm tours and open days, attracting 8,500-10,000 visitors. The 2023 Food Trail will have around 170 participating enterprises and more than 350 events, and has a feasting & tastings theme, with 36 venues rising to our challenge of producing a 30-mile feast where most of the menu has been sourced from a 30-mile radius.

We are also planning a Somerset Sustainable Food Conference to be held in 2024 which we hope will be a two-day conference of debates and discussions, with possibly an extra day as a family/festival day to broaden and diversify the audience.

And we aim to produce a directory of Somerset sustainable food and farming enterprises.


Areas of expertise

Partnership & Collaboration

Awareness and Engagement

Supporting Good Food Business

Shifting Consumer Behaviour

Climate & Nature Friendly Food

Organising a widespread two-week food festival engaging hundreds of local growers, farmers and food producers, and attracting thousands of visitors