Somerset’s ‘biggest festive market’ has been cancelled due to Storm Arwen that is set to batter the UK from Friday (November 26).
The eat:Taunton festival was planned for Saturday, November 27 with more than 100 pitches for food, drink, and high-quality gifts.
However, organisers have been forced to cancel the outdoor event due to high winds and freezing weather set to arrive tomorrow.
The aim of the festival was to “celebrate the best of the region and will showcase some fantastic food and drink alongside crafters, makers and talented performers,” according to Head of Sparkle, Sarah Milner Simonds.
Locals were told to expect “farmers’ market favourites like cheese, ales and pies alongside artisan chocolates, gin and charcuterie”, along with music, festive characters, and a “very jolly Father Christmas”.
However, the weather has forced its cancellation, with Storm Arwen triggering a yellow weather warning for most of the country due to the high winds expected.
eat:Taunton organiser Bev Milner Simonds told Somerset Live: “We have been in frequent communication with the Met Office all week, checking in on the weather front that is landing on Friday night.
“With the increased certainty that we will see sustained wind speeds of 20 – 30mph all day and gusts over 45mph we cannot take the risk for our visitors, producers or their stock.
“We have spent the last couple of days on the phone to local partners, groups and the council trying to secure a vacant retail unit or hall but nothing is available.
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“We hope that locals find other outlets and options for local food and drink in the runup to Christmas – like the weekly Farmers’ Market or one of the other winter fairs happening.
“Do keep an eye on our social media over the weekend as we will be sharing content from our producers who offer delivery and collection options.
“We look forward to returning to the town centre on 14 May and 26 November 2022.”