For the fifth year running, the Rotary Clubs of Langport & Somerton and Brue Valley joined forces for the bank holiday weekend to cater for the 1,700 cyclists who took part in the annual Tour of Wessex Cycle event in Somerton. For three days the Rotary day started at 5.15am when the urns in the catering tent were switched on, and a huge bowl of porridge was started.
During a period of one hour approximately 90 cyclists consumed porridge, eggs, baked beans and large quantities of tea and toast before heading off on their tours of Somerset, Dorset & Wiltshire each day.
From 12 noon cyclists were returning, with just one thing on their minds – Brue Valley bacon baps, followed by tea and home made cakes.
During the weekend massive quantities of food were cooked and consumed (including over 1,100 eggs), all in aid of Freewheelers (Bloodbikes) and Wheelpower, who will benefit from the profits of this catering marathon.
A huge thanks to all Rotarians and their friends who helped at this event, and also to our sponsors who provided food and contributed to the success of this catering operation:
Jon Thorner’s Farm Shop – bacon & the chiller van
Framptons of Shepton Mallet – omelettes
Churchouse of Castle Cary – eggs
Barbours of Ditcheat – cheese
Wyke Farms of Bruton – cheese
Williams Supermarket, Somerton
Virador – waste disposal
Plus everyone who cooked quiches and cakes for the event.
All photographs courtesy of Chris James