Top Food Festivals in South Wales Produce markets, masterclasses, cooking demos and family-friendly entertainment all make fantastic ingredients for a day out. Discover eight of the best food festivals in South Wales. Welsh Perry and Cider Festival May This small but very popular four-day festival moves to Caldicot Castle, Monmouthshire in 2013. It’s a great opportunity to find out what’s new in Wales’ craft perry and cider making industry, which uses fruit from Welsh orchards specially planted for the purpose. There’s family entertainment on the Monday. Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival by @unclewilco June For three days in early June, the Campaign for Real Ale transforms Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena into the biggest pub in Wales, stocking beers from every one of Wales’ 60 or so real ale breweries. There’s hot competition for the Champion Beer of Wales title – in 2012, Llanwrtyd Wells’ Heart of Wales Brewery walked it. Cardiff Food and Drink Festival Cardiff Food & Drink Festival, Cardiff July Summer brings three days of gourmet delights to Cardiff Bay, with over 100 food and drink producers manning stalls. With live music and masses of demos and workshops, this outdoor event draws huge crowds in good weather. To people-watch in style, take a seat in the Champagne Bar for a cool glass of bubbly. Abergavenny Food Festival Abergavenny Food Festival, Vale of Usk September In the heart of ultra-foodie Monmouthshire, this weekend event is one of the most high-profile food festivals in the Welsh calendar. As well as international celebrity masterclasses, demos and talks, there’s plenty of lighthearted entertainment and imaginative activities including guided foraging walks. Feastival Bridgend Feastival Bridend, Vale of Glamorgan by Wonderful Wales September Unashamedly quirky, with lots of fun tastings and demos, Bridgend’s Feastival describes itself as Wales’ Alternative Food Festival. It loves to pokes a little fun at the world of food by creating a madcap centrepiece – past incarnations have included a ten foot sheep made of cauliflower, a leaning tower of pizza and an “orange utan”. Neath Food Festival Welsh Cakes at Neath Food Festival, Vale of Neath October Founded in 2009, this festival has since grown steadily. It’s all about the value of local sourcing, with plenty of South Wales specialities such as Welsh cakes, laver bread, cockles, sausages, faggots and peas on offer. Suppliers from Neath’s Victorian Market offer tastings and chefs from the best restaurants in town hold demo sessions. Newport Food Festival Newport Food Festival by Welsh_Si October This buzzing one-day festival only began in 2011, but has already attracted top flight Welsh chefs including Bryn Williams of Odette’s in Primrose Hill, London, and James Sommerin. The programme includes masterclasses and a fabulous Festival Supper. Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival, Vale of Glamorgan by Visit Wales May Held over a weekend, Cowbridge Food Festival is a family-friendly festival with over 80 different stalls selling everything from juicy Welsh hog-roast baps to seasalt caramels and melt-in-the-mouth cupcakes. Also on offer are Welsh wines and liqueurs from Cwm Deri Vineyard in Pembrokeshire and Glyndŵr Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items South Wales' wildlife Peregrines on City Hall, bats in old coal mines – the wildlife is taking South Wales back. Faith in South Wales Your guide to some of the special sites of faith heritage across South Wales. South Wales walks South Wales has some great walks and scenery, all within a stones throw of the major cities. Fly south for winter A blaze of autumn colours kicks off a season of winter wildlife. The Fig Tree, Penarth Discover the Wales the True Taste Restaurant of the Year 2012 - 2013, The Fig Tree in Penarth. Must do in Glamorgan Where to go and what to see across Glamorgan's coast and countryside - a place worth exploring.