Harbour & Jones part sponsors the first ever Wells Food Festival in Somerset

PrintHarbour & Jones is part sponsoring the much anticipated Wells Food Festival, which is taking place for the first time on October 20th in the smallest city in England, Wells in Somerset.

The Wells Food Festival is the brainchild of friends Paddy O’Hagan and Anne Furniss, who are aiming to increase awareness of Somerset’s ingredients, its produce and partners, as well as the beautiful city of Wells. Incidentally, Anne is also co-founder of London based publishing company Quadrille Publishing, which has published numerous cookbooks for the likes of John Torode and James Martin.

H&J is the inhouse event caterer at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells and also runs the Bishop’s Table café, they were delighted to be approached earlier in the year with the opportunity of getting involved and set about creating their own authentic Sunday lunch as well as helping out with the signage and marketing for the event.

"The ideals of the Wells Food Festival are a perfect fit with H&J's belief of using fantastic locally sourced produce. It is even more suitable as this year we have started our own campaign called Save the Orchards which aims to restore the dwindling number of orchard trees in Britain," said Patrick Harbour, co-owner and director of H&J.

Working alongside the Palace, H&J aims to promote local suppliers, such as Brown & Forrest Smokery, Leivito Bakery, Westcombe Dairy and Jon Thorner, as well as award winning cider and juice producer Orchard Pig.

Alongside Orchard Groundcare, who produce Orchard Pig cider, H&J is pioneering their own campaign called Save the Orchards which aims to help the cider industry in Somerset through restoring and planting new cider trees.

A topical issue in the county, 60% of British orchards have died out since the 1950s, this doesn't just mean fewer apples, it means many of Britain's heritage varieties of apples have disappeared. Not only that, but a whole host of unique wildlife and vegetation is supported through an orchard's eco-system, meaning that the dwindling numbers have a huge impact on our environment.

During lunch, Neil McDonald from Somerset’s Orchard Groundcare will give an informative and fascinating insight into the history and importance of orchards, particularly, cider apple orchards in the local area.

Tickets for the four course lunch are £35, excluding drinks and are on sale in the Bishop’s Table, Palace shop or via phone through Helen Garrett on 01749 988111 ext 209.

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