Feeling hungry? Get an unmistakably Welsh taste of the coast and countryside with our year-round menu of mouthwatering food and drink festivals featuring the best of Welsh produce.
The Movable Feast - all over North Wales
The Movable Feast is a brand new roving pop-up food market, showcasing local food and drink producers. It's not just about food, either; the all-day family-friendly event includes activities ranging from yoga and pilates sessions to an inflatable assault course, balloon modelling and pom pom workshops. Tickets are available on the gate and are priced £3.50 for adults, £2.50 concessions, children under 12 free.
In July, it stops in Colwyn Bay, Porthmadog and Benllech Beach in Benllech, while in August it visits Bodnant Food Centre in Conwy and Cemaes Bay in Anglesey before reaching Gwydir Park in Llanrwst in September.
Wrexham Food and Drink Festival, September
Held on Llwyn Isaf, the green in the centre of Wrexham, the two-day Wrexham Food and Drink Festival focuses on the best products in and around the area – from tender lamb and fresh trout to juicy blueberries and tipples. It showcases the produce of over 70 exhibitors, as well as running live demos, cookery classes, live music and a fireworks display.
Newtown Food Festival, September
Newtown’s food festival comes alive each September, where you’ll discover everything from the healthy and nutritious to the downright naughty! 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. Expect chef demonstrations, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, riverside exploration walks and special festival beers and wines. 7-8 September 2019.
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). 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 21-22 September.
Mold Food & Drink Festival, September
Also on 21-22 September is Mold Food & Drink Festival. It is a charming event, now in its 14th 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, a food science lab and chef demonstrations. Celebrity chefs this year include Celebrity MasterChef winner Lisa Faulkner and Anglesey’s Stephen Stevens of Michelin-starred Sosban & The Old Butchers.
Narberth Food Festival, September
Celebrating its 21st year in 2019, 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 2019 Narberth Food Festival is on 28-29 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 4-6 October.
Newport Food Festival, October
Newport Food Festival returns to Newport city centre on 5 October 2019. This buzzing one-day festival only began in 2010, but it's 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 19-20 October at Llangollen Pavilion.
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 25-27 October.
Denbigh Plum Festival October
The Denbigh Plum Festival takes place on 5 October. It is now in its eleventh year, but this will be the first festival since the fruit was granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status in February, 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. So, this year’s Festival will have a celebratory feel.
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, Flintshire 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.
Denbigh St David's Day Festival, March
This lively celebration of Wales' national day in Denbigh St David's Day Festival features music, dances, walks, talks and crafts. There’s plenty of local food on offer including suitably patriotic Welsh cakes and leek bread. To really get into the spirit of things, pop a daffodil or leek on your lapel for the day.
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, May
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival 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.
Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, July
This fishy festival was established over 30 years ago in the harbour town of Aberaeron to give local fishermen somewhere to show off the bounty of our clear blue waters. This year's Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival is on 7 July 2019. It has demonstrations from top chefs (many of whom boast Michelin stars), live music and lots of opportunities to sample our local coastal produce. Tastes of the sea don’t get much fresher!
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. Revamped from previous years, this time 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 26-28 July 2019.
Bite, Cardiff, July
Cardiff’s newest summer food festival, now in its second 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 on 27 July 2019. Food is fairly priced (last year it was capped at £3 per dish) so that visitors don't have to blow the bank to experience a culinary treat.
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. Sample the best in locally sourced food from independent Welsh producers while watching a boatload of water-based activities on the River Teifi (including rowing races and coracle football).