Discover delectable local produce, enjoy live music, activities and more at a Wales food festival. Produce markets, masterclasses, cooking demos and family-friendly entertainment, all make fantastic ingredients for a day out, while also providing a great opportunity to sample and buy a range of Welsh food and drink.
Lots of great foodie events take place throughout the year, showcasing a variety of produce, including some of Wales' most famous food and drink, such as Welsh lamb, cheese and spirits.
Food festivals in May
Gower Cheese and Cider Weekend
19 - 21 May 2023
Head to the Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill, Gower, for the Gower Cheese and Cider Weekend. Enjoy a weekend of trying out a variety of Welsh ciders and cheese, including some made on site. There's also live music in the courtyards on both days.
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival
28 - 29 May 2023
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival takes place in the spring in multiple locations around the Vale of Glamorgan town. This family-friendly festival has more than 100 different stalls selling everything from juicy Welsh hog-roast baps to sea salt caramels and melt-in-the-mouth cupcakes. They also offer delicious cheeses from Caws Teifi Cheese and Snowdonia Cheese Company. There are activities at the Old Hall Gardens, a large open-air market of food stalls and street food and drinks producers in the Arthur John & Co car park. There's also a mini vegan festival in The Duke of Wellington Inn's car park. Find out more about Cowbridge.
Food festivals in June
Pembrokeshire Street Food Festival
16 - 18 June 2023
South Beach is the place to be for this fantastic Tenby food festival, showcasing the best street food around. Pembrokeshire Street Food Festival features a range of food stalls, providing all kinds of tasty world cuisine, including Greek, Korean, Moroccan, Afghan and Mexican. Enjoy more of what glorious Tenby has to offer while you're there.
Welsh Perry and Cider Festival
Welsh Perry and Cider Festival is a small but very popular four-day festival that takes place at Caldicot Castle, Monmouthshire. It’s a great opportunity to find out what’s new in Wales’ craft perry and cider making industry, which uses fruit from Welsh orchards specially planted for the purpose. There’s live music each day and family entertainment on the Monday. Take time to enjoy the castle too. Explore the medieval towers with wonderful views of its 55 acre country park and the Severn estuary, and see the 12 pounder muzzle-loading HMS Foudroyant’s cannon.
June TBC, Eryri (Snowdonia)
A one-day festival that lets you drink while someone else drives? Perfect. Hosted on different days throughout the year in Eryri (Snowdonia), Conwy 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.
Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival
TBC June 2024
Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival is described rather cryptically as 'a festival for those who love fish – and those who don’t'. This award-winning late June festival takes place bi annually and offers seafood tastings, foraging sessions and filleting classes with top chefs. There are also lots of coastal activities to try all over the county – have a go at a snorkel safari, eco-fishing, pond dipping, surfing or coasteering.
Food festivals in July
Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
07 - 09 July 2023
Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival takes place in the summer and brings three days of gourmet delights to Cardiff Bay. It features over 100 food and drink producers, with live music and masses of demos and workshops. This outdoor food festival in Cardiff draws huge crowds in good weather. To people-watch in style, take a seat in the Champagne Bar for a cool glass of bubbly.
Lampeter Food Festival
29 July 2023
Held on the sweeping lawns of the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on a Saturday in late July, Lampeter’s food festival has plenty to keep families entertained. There are tempting stalls loaded with organic vegetables, artisan cheese, delicious little cupcakes and old-fashioned preserves, plus live music from local bands.
It's also the ideal time and location to enjoy a delicious Welsh ice cream. Explore Lampeter's famous ice cream parlours and treat yourself to delicious flavours, such as salted caramel. You're on a day out/holiday after all! Plus it's a good way of supporting local businesses.
Food festivals in August
Narberth Cheese Festival
12 August 2023
Narberth Cheese Festival takes place in the Queens Hall Narberth, with a selection of local Welsh cheese, plus ciders, spirits, beer and wine to purchase. There's cheesecakes, pickles, preserves, olives plus hot and cold food too, plus a range of gifts and pottery.
Cardigan River and Food Festival
19 August 2023
Cardigan River and Food Festival has been running since the late 1990s. Sample the best in locally sourced food from independent Welsh producers while watching a boatload of water-based activities on the River Teifi. There’s more to Cardigan’s food scene than seafood. Our inland shores also get in on the action at the festival. Set beside the broad River Teifi, it’s a great place to discover small, independent Welsh food producers including award-winning cheesemakers and rare breed livestock farmers. River events such as coracle races and RNLI demos make this festival unique. There's plenty to do in Cardigan, so make a mini break in this beautiful part of West Wales.
Food festivals in September
Great British Food Festival
02 and 03 September 2023
The Great British Food Festival takes place at Margam Park. It's a great family day out, with dogs allowed too. Enjoy the artisan market, grow your own, BBQ and bake stages. There's street food and bars, plus chef demos and a challenge stage. There's a craft and gift marquee plus enjoy 1,000 acres of parkland. Early bird tickets are available.
Newtown Food Festival
02 and 03 September 2023
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. Check out details of this year's event on their Facebook page @NewtownFoodFest.
The Big Cheese, Caerphilly
03 and 04 September 2023
It's hard to resist a festival called The Big Cheese, but fun name aside, the free weekend-long festival always makes for an enjoyable day out. There 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.
Conwy Honey Fair
13 September 2023
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 I dictates that it must happen on the same date every year – 13 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
16 - 17 September 2023
Abergavenny Food Festival takes place in the heart of ultra-foodie Monmouthshire. This weekend event is one of the most high-profile food festivals in the Welsh calendar. As well as international celebrity masterclasses from top chefs, demos and talks, there’s plenty of lighthearted entertainment and imaginative activities including guided foraging walks. There's lots else to do in and around Abergavenny, making for a great weekend.
16 September 2023 Vale of Glamorgan and 23 September 2023 Conwy
Much like the Real Ale Trail event in Eryri (Snowdonia) held in June, the events in Vale of Glamorgan and Conwy are one-day festivals that allow you to sample fantastic ales, great food and entertainment. The Real Ale Trail offers a dedicated pick-up-and drop-off bus for those holding a Real Ale Pass.
Mold Food and Drink Festival
16 and 17 September 2023
The Mold Food and Drink Festival is another charming event, which showcases a great variety of produce from the town and surrounding areas. There's plenty to keep everyone occupied at this North Wales food festival, with interactive areas, a cookery school and chef demonstrations.
Narberth Food Festival
23 and 24 September 2023
There are plenty of local producers to chat to at Narberth's lively weekend festival. Leading Welsh foodies Angela Gray and Elizabeth Luard, who are patrons of Narberth Food Festival always take part and other chefs demonstrate recipes and techniques, too. Live bands will entertain you when you sit down to munch on your purchases.
Food festivals in October
Newport Food and Drink Festival
14 and 15 October 2023
Newport Food and Drink Festival is a buzzing one-day festival that only began in 2011, but has already attracted top flight Welsh chefs including Bryn Williams of Odette’s in Primrose Hill, London, and James Sommerin. The programme includes demonstrations from local chefs and street entertainment for all the family.
Llangollen Food Festival
14 and 15 October 2023
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.
Denbigh Plum Festival
2023 dates to be confirmed
The Denbigh Plum Festival takes place in October. 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.
Neath Food and Drink Festival
2023 dates to be confirmed
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.
Food festivals in December
Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair
01 to 03 December 2023
Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair has a stunning setting: the grounds of a colourful Italianate village in Eryri (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.