THIS Saturday will see a new food and drink market launched in Lyme Regis.
eat:Lyme Regis – to be held on Saturday, April 24 – is a one-day celebration of local and regional food and drink, organised by multi-award-winning eat:Festivals.
Event organiser Bev Milner Simonds said: “This Saturday’s market will be on the seafront near SWIM, in the performance area of the shelters and, in a first for Lyme Regis, along Gun Cliff Walk – under the Marine Theatre.
“We are only using areas where we can space out enough to give room for social distancing and not block access.
“We started our events again last weekend and we were really pleased to see so many visitors wearing masks and following government guidelines on the Rule of 6, social distancing and shopping in the open air.
“The seafront at Lyme Regis is magnificent and is the perfect backdrop to showcase the micro and small producers from across the region – many of whom have not been to a live market for over a year.
“COVID restrictions meant many event organisers weren’t able to adapt their model to enable them to continue trading and this cut off a vital revenue stream for these family businesses.
“We have changed how we work and are thrilled to be creating a new event for Lyme Regis on April 24.”
Co-organiser Sarah Milner Simonds continued: “This is a free one-day event with around 60 regional food and drink producers well-spaced out along the seafront, with some socially distanced entertainment.
“The whole market is in the open air and it will have measures in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We are asking visitors to keep local, plan their visit and abide by the latest government advice.
“We are really grateful for the support of local businesses Specsavers Bridport and Gordon & Rumsby estate agents with this first event in Lyme Regis.
“New towns, like Lyme Regis, are really important to our aims. We focus on producers who are based within 30miles of our host towns, so when we see applications coming in from small businesses based outside our area, we want to create routes to market for them close to where they are.”