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A Taste of Wales

This weekend sees Wales' biggest and best food festival come to Abergavenny.

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. 

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 (26-27 September) and the Newport Food Festival (4 October)

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

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

Feast of Food Festivals

Food FestivalWe've had Bridgend's Feastival and the acclaimed Abergavenny Food Festival but the foodie fiestas of Southern Wales continue this month.

First up this Saturday is the Newport Food Festival.  There'll be a great atmosphere with plenty of on-street mayhem, demonstrations and masters classes and of course loads of stalls rammed with the very best local food and drink.

The focus then shifts to the rural market town of Cowbridge on the weekend of the 26-27 October for their food festival.

Again, there'll be dozens of stalls selling the best food and drink as well as chefs from top local restaurants and hotels demonstrating their skills.

In addition local business will be getting involved.  At the town's historic Bear Hotel there'll be live entertainment in their pop up 'Garden Village' as well as wine tasting and an intriguing Cupcake masterclass.  Visit their website for more information.

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!!!

Fantastic Feastival

Event - Feastival, Wales' Alternative Food Festival
Location - Bridgend
Date - 27 - 28 September  2013
Website

First came the Giant Collapsing Cauliflower Sheep, that was followed by the Leaning Tower of Pizza and then last year came the Orangeutan - you never quite know what to expect at Feastival, Wales' Alternative Food Festival.

Held each year in Bridgend, the festival has gained something of a reputation for allways coming up with something a little bit quirky of different.

Of course, you'll find the usual stalls selling some delicious food and drink and there'll also be some fantastic cookery demonstrations, but look out too for fun family activities such as Spaghetti Bridge Building, Leek Lobbing or the Big Egg Drop.

The Feastival takes place this year on the 27 & 28 September.

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!!!

Food, Flowers and Flames

Food FestivalWith three spectacular events packed into one fantastic weekend, Caerphilly will be the place to be.  Between 25 - 27 May the town will host its first ever Food Festival, the ever colourful Flower Festival before welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay.

With the town centre closed to traffic, the main streets will be adorned with stalls offering a food market through the town with the sizzling sounds and smells of the best local produce.  There'll also be plenty of entertainment with mad chefs, walking eggs, face paining, animal displays and even a skating tomato!

The highlight of the weekend will be the arrival of the Olympic Torch as it snakes its way through the town on the long journey from Olympia to London.  The torch arrives in the town at approximately 09:40am and will be the perfect way to kick off the day's festivities.

Go to the Visit Caerphilly website for more details

Newport Food Festival

Newport Food FestivalJust when you thought all the food festivals were over and done with following St Fagans, Abergavenny, Cardiff Cheese and Bridgend's Feastival, along comes a new welcome addition to the calendar.

This Saturday sees the innagural Newport Food Festival.  Centred around the indoor market and the Riverfront Theatre, there'll be stalls and events taking place all day.

The streets will be alive with local producer stalls, family entertainment and street theatre, celebrity and local chefs, family cooking workshops and the final of the Minichef and Teenchef competitions.

There also be competitions with the chance to win a 3 course meal for two at the acclaimed Hardwick restaurant in Abergavenny.

Time to tantalise those taste buds again.

Check out the website for more details