Produce markets, masterclasses, cooking demos and family-friendly entertainment all make fantastic ingredients for a day out. Discover five of the best food festivals in West Wales.
Described rather cryptically as “a festival for those who love fish – and those who don’t”, this award-winning late June festival 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.
The Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival is on a Sunday in early July, Aberaeron’s pretty Georgian harbour fills up with outdoor kitchens where expert chefs prepare amazing seafood dishes, from simple grills to freshly dressed lobster and Thai fish curries. You can get tips from the masters on how to choose, fillet and season fish. Folk dancing and jazz bands add to the festive atmosphere.
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.
Cardigan’s festival has been running since the late 1990s. 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 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 the event, 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.