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. Cowbridge Food and 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. Abergavenny Food Festival Abergavenny Food Festival, Vale of Usk 16-17 September The Abergavenny Food Festival takes place during 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 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 Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach Cardiff Harbour Festival, Cardiff Bay by Curmo 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. Find out more about Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach Neath Food and 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. Mold Food and Drink Festival Mold Food and Drink Festival, Flintshire, North Wales Borderlands by Mold Food Festival 16-17 September 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. Monmouthshire Food Festival Monmouthshire Food Festival by Monmouthshire Food Festival 14-15 October Monmouthshire Food Festival returns to Caldicot Castle with a full programme of talks and demonstrations from Monmouthshire’s top chefs, including cookery classes and 'have a go' sessions for young and old. Taste the best from local producers offering everything from cider and wine to cheese and bread. Llangollen Food Festival Hairy Bikers at Llangollen Festival, North Wales Borderlands by BBC North East Wales 14-15 October 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. Gwledd Conwy Feast Crowds enjoying Gwledd Conwy Feast, North Wales by 27-29 October 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. Enjoy this? 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