Produce markets, masterclasses, cooking demos and family-friendly entertainment all make fantastic ingredients for a day out. Discover eight of the best food festivals in South Wales.
This small but very popular four-day festival 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.
Held over a weekend, Cowbridge Food Festival is a family-friendly festival with more than 100 different stalls selling everything from juicy Welsh hog-roast baps to sea salt caramels and melt-in-the-mouth cupcakes. Also on offer are Welsh wines and liqueurs from Cwm Deri Vineyard in Pembrokeshire and delicious cheeses from Caws Teifi Cheese and Snowdonia Cheese Company.
Summer brings three days of gourmet delights to Cardiff Bay, with over 100 food and drink producers manning stalls. With live music and masses of demos and workshops, this outdoor event draws huge crowds in good weather. To people-watch in style, take a seat in the Champagne Bar for a cool glass of bubbly.
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, demos and talks, there’s plenty of lighthearted entertainment and imaginative activities including guided foraging walks.
For three days in September, the Campaign for Real Ale transforms The Depot in Cardiff into the biggest pub in Wales, stocking beers from every one of Wales’ 60 or so real ale breweries. There’s hot competition for the Champion Beer of Wales title – in 2018, Swansea’s Boss Brewing grabbed gold.
Founded in 2009, this festival has since grown steadily. It’s all about the value of local sourcing, with plenty of South Wales specialities such as Welsh cakes, laverbread, cockles, sausages, faggots and peas on offer. Suppliers from Neath’s Victorian Market offer tastings and chefs from the best restaurants in town hold demo sessions.
This buzzing one-day festival 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.