This weekend saw the launch of the first Seed the Day Festival, the latest endeavour by Bridgwater Town Council to get their message across to the people through the means of a series of parties. Organiser Cllr Li Gibson had said in advance “Not only will the event bring a vibrant and dynamic street fair and indoor market to the town it will also explore issues around climate change and investigating greener living, sustainability and diversity.” So, the festival went ahead, the sun shone and the people turned up.
The event was held amid the Georgian splendour of Bridgwater’s historic Castle street. The road was closed off for the day and a dozen stalls filled the road with a selection of vegan foods from a ‘Hogless roast’-with some very tasty hash browns to ‘Indian Masala’ with its lentil and chick pea curries. Alongside them were stalls ranging from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust promoting Steart Marshes, the ceramics of Purky Products, the ‘rewilding’ project of the Puriton Nature Network and Bridgwater’s own Engine Room selling delicious vegan Thai curries and vegan Polish pierogy. Also along the street were the locally based Plowright Organics, the gluten free cakes and savouries of the London Feelgood company , hot food of ‘Firmly Planted’ and Cork bags from ‘Get your head out of the sand’
Cllr Glen Burrows, one of the stewards for the day , said “The wonderful food on offer was enough to convert anyone to veganism”
Visiting Cyclist Julian Taylor added “An excellent event organised by the town council to highlight issues around climate change and the need to change peoples eating habits, well done the Arts Centre and the Council.”
Victoria ward councillor Julie Cordiner said “I thought it was a good day which served as an introduction about veganism and some aspects of climate change. The public were able to listen to informative talks about how to make a change to benefit the planet. I really like the local bands and thought that this added a really lovely touch to the day. The choir were amazing! “
Town Council Deputy Leader Kathy Pearce said “Excellent family day with superb music along with ethically produced food and products, which got people talking about where their food comes from and all things environmental. That can only be good.”