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.

  • 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.

  • A huge selection of beers and ciders being served at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival 2012
    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 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.

  • Bridgend Festival

    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”. 

  • Welsh Cakes, 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.

  • Cooking demonstration at 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 & 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.