02 – 03 June
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Caldicot Castle and Country Park, the Monmouthshire Food Festival lets you experience the very best from the Food Capital of Wales. Come and watch demonstrations featuring Monmouthshire’s top chefs, offering you a taste of the county’s finest hotels and restaurants, then enter the Castle courtyard, filled with fantastic local producers offering everything from cider and wine to cheese and bread.
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A real vibrancy takes over the bustling market town of Cowbridge at the end of May when this established event is in town. Along with the usual mix of exhibitors, chef demonstrations and talks, you’ll find marquees devoted to the time old coupling of wine and cheese, and to the decadent drink that is Champagne.
This community event, entirely volunteer-run, won‘t get the biggest names, but it’s still one of the friendliest and most enjoyable food festivals around. Patrons are Angela Gray and Elizabeth Luard, so you can expect talks and demonstrations from those two luminaries, along with a variety of exhibitors, all sound tracked by live music. Narberth Food Festival takes place at the end of September.
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28 July – 3 September
Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach, the UK’s largest free outdoor festival, will once again be bringing colour and cultural vibrancy to the city and the waterfront of Cardiff Bay. This year will be bigger than ever, offering a great family day out including street theatre, live music, youth and children’s entertainment, funfairs and many stalls offering food, drink and craft.
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Thousands of visitors enjoy the abundance of food stalls in and outside the Victorian market at Neath Food Festival which takes place at the beginning of October. Under the guidance of Le Crème Patisserie’s Ian Hindle, they have big ambitions for this event and you can expect Neath Food Festival to get bigger and better every year.
Though perhaps a slightly unfortunate title for a festival devoted to eating, Mold Food & Drink Festival is a charming event which showcases a great variety of produce from the town and surrounding areas. Taking place in mid September you can enjoy demonstrations from local chefs and talks on how to use Welsh produce, plus a full programme of live music.
15 - 16 September
One of the biggest events in the UK foodie calendar, with 200 exhibitors from Wales and further afield, a food Academy for children with hands-on workshops, a rolling programme of chef demonstrations featuring the region’s finest and special masterclasses, workshops, tutored tastings and talks. New for this year, the Artisan Kitchen School will host cooking classes throughout the Festival weekend.
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Llangollen Food and Drink is one of the heavyweights of Wales Food Festival circuit, with over 100 handpicked exhibitors and a variety of celebrity chef demonstrations. Enjoy live cookery and take part in fun workshops. It’s not just focused on the food though, with a dedicated beer tent featuring craft ales from breweries around North Wales and the borders.
The Conwy Feast takes place over two days at the end of October and is now one of the largest and most successful in Wales. With a myriad of choice from local food producers and retailers on hand for you to try (and buy) their produce plus cooking demonstrations and much more, this is a day or weekend for all the family to enjoy.