Newtown Food Festival, September
Newtown’s food festival comes alive each September. The festival welcomes 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 event is great value. The 202 event takes place on 5-6 September.
Conwy Honey Fair, September
The Conwy Honey Fair is said to be one of Britain’s oldest food festivals, dating back over 700 years. The Royal Charter of Edward 1st dictates that it must happen on the same date every year – 13th September – unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case, it moves to the Monday after. So this year the festival will held on Monday 14 September. At the fair, you can expect to see honey, honey-related products, beekeeping stalls, preserves, sweet treats and other produce and crafts.
Abergavenny Food Festival, September
Attracting more than 30,000 people to the streets of the gorgeous Mid Wales market town every year, Abergavenny Food Festival is the biggest event in the UK’s foodie calendar. Gorge yourself on a mouthwatering menu of cookery masterclasses from celebrity chefs, tastings galore and countless stalls selling food from both Wales and across the globe. There’s also an extensive entertainment programme featuring live music, street performances, talks and hands-on activities. This year's Abergavenny Food Festival is on 19-20 September.
Mold Food and Drink Festival, September
Also on 19-20 September is Mold Food and Drink Festival. It is a charming event, now in its 15th year, which showcases a great variety of produce from the town and surrounding areas. There's plenty to keep everyone occupied, with interactive areas, a cookery school and chef demonstrations.
Narberth Food Festival, September
Narberth Food Festival has built up a reputation as a fun and welcoming foodie event. In fact, The Daily Telegraph called Narberth one of Britain’s 20 friendliest places. With food stalls, cookery demonstrations, music, street theatre and children’s activities, it’s the perfect Pembrokeshire day out for food fans of all ages. The 2020 Narberth Food Festival is on 26-27 September.
Neath Food and Drink Festival, October
Held over three days, Neath Food and Drink Festival welcomes around 60 exhibitors and award winning suppliers to Neath's famous Indoor Victorian Market. The festival is a true celebration of local produce and the historic market town. Street food will be available in Angel Square and Neath Square while entertainment fills the surrounding area. This year's Neath Food and Drink Festival is on 2-4 October.
Newport Food Festival, October
Newport Food Festival returns to Newport city centre on 3 October 2020. This buzzing one-day festival began in 2010 and has grown from strength to strength. There are over 75 stalls of food and drink, chef demos, live entertainment and family fun.
Llangollen Food Festival, October
Llangollen is no stranger to big events (it hosts the International Music Eisteddfod every year), so it’s no surprise that the town pulls out all the stops for the annual Llangollen Food Festival. Alongside delicious local produce and cookery demonstrations, there's a range of unusual events like speed truffle-making and pumpkin carving competitions. This year's Llangollen Food Festival is on 17-18 October.
Gwledd Conwy Feast, October
Storm the castle at Gweldd Conwy Feast, one of Wales’ most popular food festivals. Set against the majestic backdrop of Conwy’s UNSECO World Heritage Site fortress, the ancient streets of this beautiful North Wales town transform into a groaning buffet of Welsh delights. Thanks to its seaside location, there are plenty of coastal flavours on offer. Don’t miss the world-famous local mussels, carefully hand-raked from the waters. This year's Gwledd Conwy Feast is on 23-25 October.
Denbigh Plum Festival, October
The Denbigh Plum Festival takes place on 3 October 2020.The fruit was granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status in 2019, under the European Union Protected Food Name (EUPFN) Scheme. It’s been a long road to achieving PDO status for the Vale of Clwyd Denbigh Plum – a technical process which takes several years to reach fruition.
Real Ale Trail, various dates
A one-day festival that lets you drink while someone else drives? Perfect. Hosted on different days throughout the year in Wrexham, Conwy, Snowdonia, Vale of Glamorgan and other places besides, the Real Ale Trail connects local pubs via a dedicated pick-up-and-drop-off bus for those holding a Real Ale Pass. Each featured pub puts on a minimum of three fantastic ales, plus home-cooked food and entertainment.
Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair, December
Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair has a stunning setting: the grounds of a colourful Italianate village in Snowdonia. 120 stalls and chalets celebrate Welsh products and businesses while live music, cookery demonstrations, workshops and a magical Christmas Grotto provide add-on entertainment. 4-6 December 2020.
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, May
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, on 24-25 May 2020, has multiple locations around the town, including activities at the Old Hall Gardens, a large open-air market of food stalls, street food and drinks producers in the Arthur John & Co car park and a mini vegan festival in The Duke of Wellington Inn's car park.
The Big Cheese, Caerphilly, July
It's hard to resist a festival called The Big Cheese, but fun name aside, the weekend-long festival always makes for an enjoyable day out. There are are three huge food halls to devour, street food areas, live cookery demos, a live lounge and bar area and all the medieval activities and hijynx that a setting like this demands. Visit for free on 25-26 July 2020.
Bite, Cardiff, July
Cardiff’s newest summer food festival, now in its third year, is Bite – an event that aims to encourage discussions around real food. Set in the gardens of Insole Court mansion in Llandaff, 40 chefs and producers share their skills and samples of their produce. Food is fairly priced (capped at £3 per dish) so that visitors don't have to blow the bank to experience a culinary treat. 2020 date is to be confirmed.
Cardigan River and Food Festival, August
There’s more to Cardigan’s food scene than seafood. Our inland shores also get in on the action at the Cardigan River and Food Festival. On 22 August 2020, sample the best in locally sourced food from independent Welsh producers while watching a boatload of water-based activities on the River Teifi.