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Festive Food

Food and DrinkAlready host to the  Food Festival, one of the biggest and best annual food festivals in the country, the pretty market town this weekend (13 & 14 December) hosts their Christmas Food Fair.

Every culinary taste is catered for - rare and exotic, innovative or traditional.  There'll be over 80 specialist exhibitors selling everything from fresh and cured meats, cheeses, chocolates to local wine, ales and ciders.

There'll also be chef demonstrations and activities for children as well as plenty of seasonal music, choirs and bands to ensure a truly festive atmosphere.

Take a look at the website for more information.

Wonders of Wye

Tintern AbbeyThe Wye Valley and Vale of Usk is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's not difficult to see why. 

The rolling countryside is a magnet for walkers with some well-known and popular trails including the Offa's Dyke Path.  It is also where the Wales Coast Path begins (or ends, depending on which way around you're going).  In fact, Offa's Dyke and the coast path join up so that you can complete a whole circuit of Wales if you really want to!

The plenty of historic attractions too.  There are castles galore including the first one to be built at Chepstow and the last one too at Raglan.  One of the most impressive monuments is Tintern Abbey standing proudly on the banks of the River Wye. 

Why not combine walking with history by doing the Three Castles Walk which is a 20 mile triangular walk taking in White Castle, Skenfirth Castle and Grosmont Castle.

The area also has a reputation for excellent food.  There are plenty of top class restaurants or cosy country pubs to choose from whilst Abergavenny's Angel Hotel is renowned for its Afternoon Teas - well worth indulging.  Don't miss the Abergavenny Food Festival each September which is an excellent chance to see (and of course taste) the best of the area's produce.

For more information on the area please visit the website

Tour de Cymru

Event - Tour of Britain
Location - The Tumble, Abergavenny
Date - 9 September 2014
For more information visit the website

Fresh from hosting the British National Road Race Championships in June, top class cycling returns to Abergavenny this September as the town hosts the finish of the 3rd stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain.

The race has finished in Caerphilly for the past three years and has seen tens of thousands of people flock to the town and nearby Caerphilly Mountain to catch a glimpse of the action and create a superb party atmosphere.

The fans are sure to be out in force this year as well, with the riders taking on a route that will see them start out in the Mid Wales town of Newtown. 

The peleton will continue south with the road taking them through Knighton, Builth Wells and Brecon and over some tough climbs in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  The action will then culminate with a climb to the top of the Tumble Mountain above Abergavenny, a route that could suit local favourite Geraint Thomas.

The cyclists taking part will be confirmed nearer the time, but previous participants have included former world champions Thor Hushovd and Mark Cavendish, current Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana  and ex-Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.

A Feast of Festivals

This autumn, Southern Wales will be awash with food festivals, celebrating the very best in local food and drink.

The first festival of the season takes place in the picturesque surroundings of the St Fagans National History Museum on the weekend of 6-7 September.  Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, the 100 acre site houses many of Wales' most historic buildings and interspersed amongst them will be dozens of stalls serving up some hearty treats.  Cheeses, ciders and ice creams will be amongst some of the goodies you can indulge in.

Just two weeks later (20-21 September), the biggest food festival of them all hits Abergavenny. Now in its 16th year, the event is as popular as ever.

The historic market town, which has a great reputation amongst foodies, will be full of stands, stalls and exhibitors giving visitors, quite literally a taste, of Wales.  The various venues are situated close together and include the Market Hall, the Cheese and Wine Show, and Grillstock.

Complementing the stalls are a variety of master classes, tastings and talks whilst there is plenty to keep the kids happy with workshops, storytelling and live music.

The following weekend (26-27 Septemerb), it's time for something slightly different with Bridgend's Food Festival.  Called Feastival, and billed as Wale's Alternative Food Festival, there's always something different or unusual going on.  Previous years' activities have included the Giant Cauliflour Sheep (you really do need to watch this YouTube video), the Leaning Tower of Pizza and the Orange-utan.

Finally, it's Newport's turn with its festival on Saturday 4th October.  Amongst all the usual stalls there'll be an array of talks, demonstrations and  workshops for you to enjoy.

For more information on any of these festivals, click on the links below
St Fagans Food Festival
Abergavenny Food Festival
Bridgend Feastival
Newport Food Festival

Pedal Power

Event - Cycling, National Road Race Championships
Location - Abergavenny

Date - 26 - 29 June 2014

Website for further details


This week saw British Cycling unveil the race routes of the 2014 National Road Race and Time Trial Championships.  The event will be based in Abergavenny but the routes of the various races will take in most of the Monmouthshire countryside.

The elite Men's Road Race will see household names battle it out over a tough 183km course.  Sprinter Mark Cavendish will be the defending champion, but the route might be a bit too hilly for him.  Amongst the favourites will be Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Cardiff's Geraint Thomas.

The women's road race will be held over shorter 71km course, but promises to be just as tough.  Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will be the clear favourite.

The time trial course, based at Newport's Celtic Manor, is 40km long and is sure to feature 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins as he goes head to head with the winner of one of the 2013 Giro d'Italia time trial stages, Alex Dowsett. 

The 20km long women's time trial coast will see defending champion Joanna Rowsell attempt to defend her title against the likes of Elinor Barker and Joanna Trott.

Get a Taste of Wales

Event - Abergavenny Food Festival
Location - Abergavenny
Date - 21 - 22 September 2013
Website

This is Wales' biggest and best food festival

The historic market town, which has a great reputation amongst foodies will be full of stands, stalls and exhibitors giving visitors, quite literally a taste, of Wales.  The various venues are situated close together and include the Market Hall, the Cheese and Wine Show, and Grillstock.

Complementing the stalls are a variety of masterclasses, tastings and talks whilst there is plenty to keep the kids happy with workshops, story telling and live music.

Don't worry if you can't make it to Abergavenny, there are two more great food festivals coming up over the next few weeks. 

Look our for the Bridgend Food Feastival (27-28 September), Cowbridge Food Festival (26-27 October) and the Newport Food Festival (5 October)

I hope you're feeling hungry!!!

A Taste of Abergavenny

Abergavenny Food FestivalEvent - Abergavenny Food Festival
Location - Abergavenny
Date - 21 - 22 September 2013
Website

This is Wales' biggest and best food festival

The historic market town, which has a great reputation amongst foodies will be full of stands, stalls and exhibitors giving visitors, quite literally a taste, of Wales.  The various venues are situated close together and include the Market Hall, the Cheese and Wine Show, and Grillstock.

Complementing the stalls are a variety of masterclasses, tastings and talks whilst there is plenty to keep the kids happy with workshops, story telling and live music.

I hope you're feeling hungry!!!

Food, Glorious Food

Event - Abergavenny Food Festival
Location - Abergavenny
Date - 15 - 16 September 2012
Website

This is Wales' biggest and best food festival, or as they put it on their website "the Glastonbury of Food Festivals"

The historic market town, which has a great reputation amongst foodies will be full of stands, stalls and exhibitors giving visitors, quite literally a taste, of Wales.  The various venues are situated close together and include the Market Hall, the Cheese and Wine Show, and the Fish Market at The Priory Centre.

Complementing the stalls are a variety of masterclasses, tastings and talks whilst there is plenty to keep the kids happy with workshops, story telling and live music.

I hope you're feeling hungry!!!

Romantic Getaways

Tintern AbbeyWe're a romantic lot in Wales.  We have not one, but two days celebrating love.  Santes Dwynwen Day was celebrated 2 weeks ago and then on Monday we celebrate (along with everyone else) St Valentine's Day.

To mark the occasion why not treat your loved one to a break in Wales' most romantic valley.  Our friends at Visit Wye Valley have put together a number of special deals and offers to entice you to spend this romantic time of year with them.

How about a romantic spa at Wales' top resort hotel, The Celtic Manor or enjoy the peace and relaxation of the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  There are also offers from some of the areas best bed & breakfasts and secluded cottages.  Ideal for a peaceful couple of days away.

For full details of the breaks on offer click here

Spotlight on Wye Valley

Sugar Loaf MountainTo celebrate the launching of the new Visit Wye Valley website, we are taking a closer look at this picturesque corner of Wales.

The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's not difficult to see why.  The rolling countryside is a magnet for walkers with some well known and popular trails including the Offa's Dyke Path.

The plenty of historic attractions too.  There are castles galore including the first one to be built at Chepstow and the last one too at Raglan.  One of the most impressive monuments is Tintern Abbey standing proudly on the banks of the River Wye.  There are also significant Roman remains at the nearby towns of Caerwent and Caerleon, including an amphithteatre and barraks for the soldiers.

Why not combine walking with history by doing the Three Castles Walk which is a 20 mile triangular walk taking in White Castle, Skenfirth Castle and Grosmont Castle.

This area was catapulted into the international spotlight last October when the Celtic Manor hosted Golf's Ryder Cup - one of the country's top Golf resorts.  Or if you prefer horse racing then see if you can back a winner at Chepstow Racecourse.

The area also has a reputation for excellent food.  Don't miss the Abergavenny Food Festival each September which is an excellent chance to see (and of course taste) the best of the area's produce.  It's in the Wye Valley that you'll also find two of Wales' Michelin starred restaurants - The Walnut Tree at Abergavenny and The Crown at Whitbrook.