Real Ale Trail, various dates
Vale of Glamorgan April 2022, Conwy 14 May 2022, Wrexham 28 May 2022, Snowdonia 11 June 2022
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.
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, April
17 - 18 April 2022
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, takes place in May, 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
29 - 31 July 2022
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 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.
Bite, Cardiff, July
Cardiff’s newest summer food festival 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.
Cardigan River and Food Festival, August
22 August 2022
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.
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. Check out details of this year's event on their Facebook page @NewtownFoodFest.
Conwy Honey Fair, September
Tuesday 13 September 2022
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
17 - 18 September 2022
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.
Mold Food and Drink Festival, September
17 - 18 September 2022
The Mold Food and Drink Festival is another 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
24 - 25 September 2022
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.
Neath Food and Drink Festival, October
Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th 2022.
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.
Newport Food Festival, October
Saturday 8 October 2022
Newport Food Festival is scheduled to return to Newport city centre. 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
Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 October 2022
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.
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 UNESCO 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.
Denbigh Plum Festival, October
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.
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.