Food festivals in the UK

The experience of a Welsh food festival is one not to be missed – our food festivals are outpourings of flavours, colours and smells. You will find a myriad of different stalls and activities, but the star attraction is the produce brought to you by people with a real passion and talent.

  • 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. Around one hundred and seventy stalls with produce from Wales, the Marches and further afield, together with a programme of individually ticketed masterclasses, tutored tastings and chef demonstrations (previous participants: Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Clarissa Dickson-Wright, Anthony Bourdain). 

    Find out more about food festivals in South Wales

  • Narberth Food Festival photo by Valleyboy47, from Flickr taken with Creative Commons
    Narberth Food Festival, Pembrokeshire by Valleyboy47

    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.

    Find out more about food festivals in West Wales

  • Crowds in front of the Wales Millennium Centre at Cardiff Bay for the Harbour Festival

    Cardiff Harbour Festival, Cardiff Bay

     by Curmo

    21 June – 6 September

    Cardiff Festival, 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.

    Find out more about Cardiff Festival

  • Neath Food & Drink Festival

    Neath Food & Drink Festival, near Swansea

    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. 

  • Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival

    Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival, Vale of Glamorgan

     by Visit Wales

    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.

  • Hairy Bikers at Llangollen Festival photo by BBC North East Wales, from Flickr

    Hairy Bikers at Llangollen Festival, North Wales Borderlands

     by BBC North East Wales

    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. It’s not just focused on the food though, with a dedicated beer tent featuring ales from breweries around North Wales and the borders launched last year, plus a chance to watch a cider pressing demonstration. The Llangollen Food Festival takes place in mid October.

    Find out more about food festivals in North Wales

  • Customers being served fresh food at Mold Food and Drink Festival

    Mold Food and Drink Festival, Flintshire, North Wales Borderlands

     by Mold Food Festival

    Though perhaps a slightly unfortunate title for a festival devoted to eating, Mold food fest 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. 

  • Chef Demonstration at Pembrokeshire Fish Week

    Chef Demonstration at Pembrokeshire Fish Week

     by Pembrokeshire Fish Week

    Fantastic fish and shellfish, wonderful coastal activities, and plenty of family fun - it’s a recipe for success for Pembrokeshire Fish Week which takes place at the end of June. Enjoy the breathtaking Pembrokeshire coast in guided beach walks, boat trips, island rambles, and snorkel safaris. Sample fabulous seafood at local restaurants, join a cookery workshop, or be inspired by celebrity chefs such as Bryn Williams and Mitch Tonks, as they demonstrate delicious fish and shellfish recipes.

  • Two men shucking oysters on a stall at the Conwy Feast food festival

    Oyster shucking at the Conwy Feast, North Wales

     by katew434

    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.