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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Food Week Loses Largest Sponsor

Since the first Food Week in 2010 we have been delighted and grateful that Southern Co-op have been a fabulously generous sponsor, by paying around £3000 for the Cookery Theatre hire every year.

Sadly for us both, these difficult economic times have meant that they are no longer able to provide support to such a high level.

Lucky for us, they are still giving us excellent support by sponsoring the CakeFest! for £500, and the village store manager, Alina is fully supporting Food Week by arranging a number of events with her team.

We would like to thank Southern Co-op for the generous support that they continue to give us.

As Karl Marx said; "The only constant is change."

What Now

As you will have worked out, we now have a big hole in the finances for Food Week 2016, so effectively we need to place an advert in the Lonely Hearts section of the Advertiser & Times reading; 'Big Bloke seeks new main sponsor!'

Food Week 2016 has over 100 events arranged, and it is normally only large commercial operations that would take on such an extensive week long event. We however are down to earth village folk and our Food Week is totally created by volunteers who gain no more than the pleasure they see when everyone enjoys what is created.

Behind the scenes the Food Week volunteers are able to create and manage for free the website, blogs, social media, PR, artwork, design, accounting, raffle ticket sales and loads of administration and running around!

However, to make Food Week what it is, there are essential expenses which appear from every corner for the things that you do see; free programmes, banners, posters, flags, etc. - then there are the things that you do not see, like the painful and costly administration for road closures, liability insurance, raffle licensing, etc. Added to this, each celebrity show only washes its face if we sell all of the tickets, so we nervously face a loss if they are not successful.

Anyway, as you can see we need to raise a few quid pretty sharpish.

Food Week will definitely take place in all of its glory one way or another, we will not let it fail, and in the immortal words of Del Boy; "He who dares wins, he who hesitates... doesn't!"

You can help if you would like by: 
Becoming a Friend of Food Week for £25 (click here)
or a Business Sponsor: Gold £150 - Silver £75 (click here)

Thanks to everyone who has already given their support, Food Week could not happen without you and we are very appreciative. - If you supported us last time, and are happy to do so again, please let me know as soon as possible. (

As you may notice from our sponsors, we do not approach any large organisations unless they have a direct connection with Milford on Sea. Our event is by the village, for the village.

Cookery Theatre Sponsor 

I know this is a long shot, but there might just be someone out there who could help, or who knows someone who might help. 

Become Our Cookery Theatre Sponsor. What you get:

  • Your Logo/Name and Sponsorship Support displayed on Cookery Theatre all week.
  • Your Logo/Name and Sponsorship Support displayed on Food Week Banners.
  • Main Sponsor Entry and a Gold Sponsor Entry printed in the Food Week Programme (20,000+ Free copies circulated
  • Quarter Page (Landscape) Advert in Food Week Programme. (Sponsor to provide artwork.)
  • Free additional Gold Sponsor Entry with Web Link on website. (click here)

Cost: £2500
For more information please contact David on david@milfordonsea,org 

As my mum always says; "If you don't hold your pudding up, you won't get any treacle." - so, fingers crossed, it is Christmas after all - and surprising things happen!

Bank Holiday Monday 28th March to Sunday 3rd April 2016
If you love food, you will love Food Week!

Want to know more about Food Week? - please click here.

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