Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 Food Festivals of Wales

All foodies have heard of the Abergavenny Food Festival, possible the UK's top culinary gathering. But it's just one of the many in Wales, reflecting the country's passion for all things local and edible. Here's a run down of some of the best Food Festivals in Wales

Welsh Food Festival
Set in the beautiful gardens of Glansevern Hall, the Welsh food festival takes place at the beginning of September and hosts a range of events showcasing Welsh produce. Top chefs host a variety of cookery demonstrations, there’s an assortment of Welsh food to sample and buy at the food market and a full programme of entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Abergavenny Food Festival
The Abergavenny Food Festival takes place over the third weekend of September. Featuring some of the brightest lights of the culinary world it occupies the centre of the town across six venues. Around one hundred and seventy stalls with produce from Wales, the Marches and further afield, together with a programme of individually ticketed masterclasses, tutored tastings and chef demonstrations (previous participants: Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Clarissa Dickson-Wright, Anthony Bourdain).

Narberth Food Festival
This community event, entirely volunteer-run, won‘t get the biggest names, but it’s still one of the friendliest and most enjoyable food festivals around. Patrons are Angela Gray and Elizabeth Luard, so you can expect talks and demonstrations from those two luminaries, along with a variety of exhibitors, all sound tracked by live music. Narberth Food Festival takes place at the end of September.

Really Wild Festival
A truly unique event, this is the only festival in the UK that focuses on food and crafts originating from the wild. The festival takes place at the end of May so enjoy some wild talks on how to eat foraged foods, wild walks on where to find wild food and chef demonstrations using this food. To make sure things really are totally wild, they also have ferret and pig racing!

Neath Food and Drink Festival
Thousands of visitors enjoy the abundance of food stalls in and outside the Victorian market at Neath Food Festival which takes place at the beginning of October. Under the guidance of Le Crème Patisserie’s Ian Hindle, they have big ambitions for this event and you can expect Neath Food Festival to get bigger and better every year.

Pembrokeshire Fish WeekFantastic fish and shellfish, wonderful coastal activities, and plenty of family fun - it’s a recipe for success for Pembrokeshire Fish Week which takes place at the end of June. Enjoy the breathtaking Pembrokeshire coast in guided beach walks, boat trips, island rambles, and snorkel safaris. Sample fabulous seafood at local restaurants, join a cookery workshop, or be inspired by celebrity chefs such as Bryn Williams and Mitch Tonks, as they demonstrate delicious fish and shellfish recipes.

Gwledd Conwy Feast
The Conwy Feast takes place over two days at the end of October and is now one of the largest and most successful in Wales. With a myriad of choice from local food producers and retailers on hand for you to try (and buy) their produce plus cooking demonstrations and much more, this is a day or weekend for all the family to enjoy.

The experience of a Welsh food festival is one not to be missed – our food festivals are outpourings of flavours, colours and smells. You will find a myriad of different stalls and activities, but the star attraction is the produce brought to you by people with a real passion and talent. Start planning your Wales Vacation with Celtic Tours World Vacations

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