Fresh and fun: food festivals in West Wales

Produce markets, masterclasses, cooking demos and family-friendly entertainment all make fantastic ingredients for a day out. Discover nine of the best food festivals in West Wales.

  • Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival

    Chef Demonstration at Pembrokeshire Fish Week

     by Pembrokeshire Fish Week

    Described rather cryptically as “a festival for those who love fish – and those who don’t”, this award-winning late June festival offers seafood tastings, foraging sessions and filleting classes with top chefs. There are also lots of coastal activities to try all over the county – have a go at a snorkel safari, eco-fishing, pond dipping, surfing or coasteering.

  • June
    Llandysul is an attractive Ceredigion village on a bend in the River Teifi. Drop in on the last Saturday in June and you can sample food from the Teifi Valley and beyond. This is a small, friendly festival with the atmosphere of a traditional village fair. Don’t miss the Teifi Farmhouse Cheese stall or freshly made toffee waffles from Llandysul’s Tregroes Waffle Bakery.

  • Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival
    Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Ceredigion

    The Cardigan Bay Seafood Featival is on a Sunday in early July, Aberaeron’s pretty Georgian harbour fills up with outdoor kitchens where expert chefs prepare amazing seafood dishes, from simple grills to freshly dressed lobster and Thai fish curries. You can get tips from the masters on how to choose, fillet and season fish. Folk dancing and jazz bands add to the festive atmosphere.

  • Lampeter Food Festival

    Lampeter Food Festival, Ceredigion

     by Old Miwl

    Held on the sweeping lawns of the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on a Saturday in late July, Lampeter’s food festival has plenty to keep families entertained. There are tempting stalls loaded with organic vegetables, artisan cheese, delicious little cupcakes and old-fashioned preserves, plus live music from local bands.

  • Cardigan River Food Festival

    Cardigan River and Food Festival, Ceredigion

    Cardigan’s festival has been running since the late 1990s. Set beside the broad River Teifi, it’s a great place to discover small, independent Welsh food producers including award-winning cheesemakers and rare breed livestock farmers. River events such as coracle races and RNLI demos make this festival unique.

  • August
    There’s a laidback vibe to this three-day summer festival, set against the ruins of Haverfordwest Castle. While there are wild boar burgers and other filling options on offer, the emphasis is definitely on real ale, with over 20 Welsh brews on tap, plus quite a few varieties of Welsh craft cider and perry. Local musicians provide live entertainment.

  • Narberth Food Festival
    Narberth Food Festival, Pembrokeshire by valleyboy74

    There are plenty of local producers to chat to at Narberth's lively weekend festival. Leading Welsh foodies Angela Gray and Elizabeth Luard, who are patrons of the event, always take part and other chefs demonstrate recipes and techniques, too. Live bands will entertain you when you sit down to munch on your purchases.

  • Wild Mushrooms, Really Wild Food Festival
    Chef preparing wild mushrooms

    Taking place at Pwllcaerog Farm, Celtic Camping site, the Really Wild Food Festival is the only British food festival to focus on wild food and crafts. It’s a friendly weekend event, with chefs on hand to show you how to find and prepare food foraged from hedgerows and beaches. To up the wild quotient, there’s also plenty of wacky entertainment.