24 August 2017
Wales' largest food festival returns to Abergavenny this September.
If you want a sneaky taste of the action before you visit, whet your appetite on these exciting announcements about what to expect.
A busy Festival, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk by Abergavenny Food Festival
This year's line-up of speakers is packed with famous faces, foodie favourites and inspirational flavour-makers. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be reflecting on his journey from being a chef at River Café to being a global activist and anti-food-waste campaigner. Chef Tom Kerridge will be sharing how he lost eleven stone in three years thanks to a low-carb, dopamine-triggering diet. Critic Jay Rayner will be hosting an audio-visual presentation of his Ten (Food) Commandments, sharing what he thinks are the best ways to enjoy food today.
Tom Kerridge by Cristian Barnett
You can't go to a food festival without watching someone work their magic behind the stove. Over the weekend, you can see food blogger Ed Smith celebrate side dishes, spice queen Romy Gill MBE injecting colourful flavour into cooking and Elly Pear bringing life and soul to meat-free batch cooking, to name but a few.
Cooking in progress, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk by Abergavenny Food Festival
Ever wondered how food gets from the farm to your table? At The Farmyard, you can learn all about the practices and processes of modern farming from those who work in the industry every day. Meet live animals that will soon become the meat on our dinner plates, visit the farm shop of fresh produce and ask the experts any questions you have about the animals, the meat they produce and how they operate.
A tasty selection of meats at the festival, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk by Abergavenny Food Festival
Source your own
Over the weekend, there will be plenty of chances to stock up your pantry – but not just from the producers' market stalls. Go on an estuary forage with Henry Ashby, scout the grasslands in Bailey Park for edible plants with Go Foraging founder Martin Bailey or learn to catch and cook brown trout from the River Usk. There are also site tours to bring you closer to industry action, giving you the chance to visit Chase Vodka Distillery, Cellar Door vineyard or Black Mountains Smokery.
While the festival itself is the main draw, there are also exciting fringe events running alongside it. Join a vintage tea dance, discover the future of fish, learn about cooking in a wood-fired oven, listen to storytelling, look at locally-made ceramics and find out more about Abergavenny's rich food scene. This, of course, is just a taster of the activities!
Musicians in action, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk by Abergavenny Food Festival