Tasty Welsh treats: Autumn/Winter Food Festivals

You know the drill. You won’t want to ‘spoil your supper’, so you’ll just have a few nibbles. But seventeen cheese samples, one venison burger and several cakes later you’ll be as stuffed as a Christmas turkey! Check out this selection of autumn and winter food festivals to get your scoff on.

  • Newtown’s food festival comes alive each September and you’ll discover everything from the healthy and nutritious, to the downright naughty! The festival welcomes local Welsh food and drink with music by local artists, all concentrated around the beautiful market town of Newtown. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Mid Wales countryside, this free admission event is great value. You can also expect chef demonstrations, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, riverside exploration walks and special festival beers and wines. 

  • Close up of cheese selection at Abergavenny Food Festival
    Abergavenny Food Festival, Vale of Usk

    The Abergavenny Food Festival takes place over the third weekend of September. Featuring some of the brightest lights of the culinary world, it occupies the centre of the town across six venues. You’ll find around one hundred and seventy stalls with produce from Wales, the Marches and further afield, together with a programme of individually ticketed master classes, tutored tastings and chef demonstrations. Previous participants include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anthony Bourdain.  Abergavenny is truly a foodie sensation. 

  • A chef demonstration taking place at Narberth Food Festival
    Narberth Food Festival, Pembrokeshire by Narberth Food Festival

    Held during the last weekend in September, Narberth's friendly festival was voted Best Event in Pembrokeshire in 2012 and 2013. You can expect live music, street theatre and children’s activities. Narberth’s 50 selected food stalls feature independent Welsh producers, while the bar serves beers from local micro-breweries. The whole festival is disability-friendly, from plentiful free seating to BSL (British Sign Language) interpreted talks and demonstrations.

  • Cardiff Country Fair taking place in Cardiff Castle
    Cardiff Country Fair at Cardiff Castle by Cardiff Country Fair

    Supported by Braces Bread, this Cardiff Castle event at the end of September brings the countryside to the heart of the city. The country fair showcases the essence of rural Wales, celebrating the best of farming, food and the countryside. Family members can also enjoy the farm animals, talks and cookery demonstrations, produce and handicraft competitions, a Best of British produce market, country games and crafts and of course - great food.

  • Neath Food & Drink Festival

    Neath Food & Drink Festival, near Swansea

    Taking place in the first week of October each year, Neath Food & Drink Festival is a celebration of local produce and Neath's historic market town atmosphere and highlights the variety of high quality Welsh produce that is available locally. Now a major event in the town's calendar, as well as that of foodies across West Wales, you can expect to find cookery demonstrations, cask ale tasting, children's activities, live music and community projects, as well as a wide variety of stalls lining the streets. 

  • A selection of fudges and chocolates on sale at Newport Food Festival
    Newport Food Festival, Vale of Usk by Simon Latham

    Newport Food Festival is held in the heart of Newport city centre in early October. As well as over 70 stalls lining Commercial Street, festival-goers can experience master classes and chef demonstrations plus talks and tasters from how to decorate a delicious cupcake to brewing the perfect beer. The festival is jam-packed with live performances and activities in the city centre as well as street theatre and children’s workshops. 

  • Oysters on ice
    Angelsey Oyster Festival, Angelsey

    The Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival takes place over the second full weekend of October. Around forty stalls with quality food and drink from Wales make their home at the centre of the festival, a great opportunity to meet the producers and taste the goods on offer! Together with producer masterclasses and chef demonstrations as well as the festival’s annual ‘Sausage Competition’, this North Wales jewel is not to be missed.

  • Taking place in mid-October, the Mumbles Oyster & Seafood Festival is held at Southend Gardens, Mumbles. The festival will include an Oyster Bar, Licensed Bar, Local Produce Market, Cooking Demonstrations, Sea Shanty Music, Educational Workshops, a themed ‘Under the Sea’ Parade. Ticketed Events, music and entertainment are also on the menu. 

  • Pumpkin art being sold at Gwledd Conwy Feast
    Gwledd Conwy Feast, Llandudno by Jazzbeardie

    Towards the end of October each year, the medieval riverside town of Conwy provides a picturesque and atmospheric location for Gwledd Conwy Feast, a wholesome celebration of food, music and the arts. Over 150 food stalls adorn the site, which is packed full of activities and artistic offerings including an edible ‘banquet of art’. With a special focus on farming and growing your own, courtesy of Growing the Future and Coleg Llandrillo, Conwy’s reputation as an ‘edible, incredible’ town is sealed.

  • Portmeirion, Snowdonia

    Portmeirion, Snowdonia

     by technodean2000

    Held in early December and set within the famous Italianate Village of Portmeirion, Snowdonia, Portmeirion's craft festival showcases the very best of Welsh food, drink and craft. Housing over 80 different stallholders and businesses, you’ll discover cooking demos, entertainment from brass bands, choirs, harpists and even a free Santa’s grotto for the children. The local wines, bread, meat, cheese, fish and crafts will of course make ideal additions to the Christmas table… if you can manage not to eat them all, that is!

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