A big thank you goes to PF Concept, Prodir, SPS and Carole Group for their generous support of Milford on Sea Food Week in 2016.
Founded in 2010, the fifth Milford on Sea Food Week held in 2016 was the biggest and best ever. It is estimated that over 15,000 people visited the 150+ events held across the village throughout the entire week, possibly making Milford on Sea Food Week one of the largest food events in the UK – Not bad for a small foodie village by the sea with an impressive 20 places to eat and only 5000 residents!
The aim of Food Week is to boost and promote village trade, and to entertain, inform and educate the local community and visitors on anything related to food. With a good number of people visiting Milford on Sea for the first time, it is hoped that they will have enjoyed the village so much that they will soon be back to the benefit of all village traders.
Milford on Sea Food Week is totally community run, and over 300 generous people make everything happen.
This includes scores of volunteers, the village restaurants, pubs and café who work so hard to create special events throughout Food Week, the Cookery Theatre demonstrations by village home cooks and local professionals, the Lambing Live team at Aubrey Farm, local shops and businesses running themed events, and the many local organisations, clubs and village charities who organised events for Food Week.
Milford on Sea Food Week is a not for profit community event, and very proud that it is entirely coordinated by a small dedicated group of volunteers who provide their expertise and time for free.
Whilst not a charitable event, Food Week has this year made a profit. Donations of over £4500 were made to sixteen village good causes, and the remaining profit will be held as a fighting fund for forthcoming events and community project ideas.
In addition to the Donations made by Food Week, the charity run events during Food Week also additionally raised in excess of £4700 for their own causes.
Milford Primary School also designed, made & sold 350 bottles of ‘School Ketchup’ across the village. All of the stock was sold out by 1pm at the CakeFest on Saturday!, and the project raised £600 for the school.
Since Food Week started in 2010, over £30,000 has been distributed across many village good causes.
David Long, Food Week Organiser said; “I am very fortunate that the Sourcing City team support and allow me the time to give something back to my local community. It never ceases to amaze me how many people pull together to make Milford on Sea Food Week such a community success. The biggest thrill for us all behind the scenes at Food Week, is seeing people really enjoying themselves and meeting new people, together with the special pleasure of creating warm memories for our village kids.”
The next Milford on Sea Food Week will take place from Easter Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April until Sunday 8th April 2018
*See what happened at Milford on Sea Food Week this year: www.milfordfoodweek.org
Published on: April 18th, 2016