Wales has long been the home of traditional, wholesome foods with favourite specialities including Welsh rarebit, Welsh cakes and bara brith (a tea loaf). Welsh food festivals are filled with gastronomic delights, showcasing the best of Wales’ fresh local produce and even local liqueurs.
We asked Ben Griffin, owner of Great Escapes Wales, for his opinion on the best Welsh food festivals happening over the coming months. And when you see what these five delicious Welsh food festivals have on offer, you’ll definitely be saying wow!
Hamper 2014: Llangollen Food Festival
18th & 19th October 2014
Chocolate and fudge bangers are on the menu at Hamper 2014: Llangollen Food Festival if you’re adventurous enough to try them! The Llangollen Food Festival has an eclectic range of exotic foods supplied by local farmers, butchers, cheese makers, coffee roasters and chocolatiers, to name a few. Cookery demonstrations are set to include Egyptian food, wilderness cooking and the finest Welsh meats.
Llangollen is a small but stunning town on the edge of the Berwyn mountains. Between feasting at the festival, enjoy countryside walks and scenic cycle routes in the Dee Valley.
Gwledd Conwy October Feast
25th & 26th October 2014
Love food and art? The Gwledd Conwy Feast is the festival for you. As one of Wales’ biggest food festivals, the October feast has great food ranging from meaty buffalo burgers to vegan and gluten-free Indian curries. Of course, Bodnant Bread (a traditional Welsh bread from Tudor times), smoked cheeses and Welsh cakes among other local foods won’t be far from sight.
Once your belly is full, there’s art activities and live music events to get involved with. The festivities are located within the historic stone walls of Conwy, a world heritage site complete with a 13th century castle, tall towers and a historic quayside.
Abergavenny Christmas Food Fair
14th December 2014
The annual Abergavenny Christmas Food Fair is a festive feast featuring 90 stalls filled with everything from cured meats and cheeses to chocolates and liqueurs. Welsh chefs will be cooking up seasonal delights to make your Christmas cooking better than ever before.
The fair supports local food growers and processors, cooks, artists and writers to celebrate the craft, diversity and culture of food. Amble between the four venues of the Market Hall, Upper Brewery Yard, The Corn Exchange and The Priory, and enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine in the winter weather.
The Menai Seafood Festival
August 2015, Dates TBC
The Menai Seafood Festival celebrates North Wales’ coastal heritage and delights in the area’s incredible seafood. A lively market hosts local fisherman and artisan producers exhibiting their catch of the day.
Local artists, chefs and marine biologists run projects with schools before the festival to teach children about the maritime environment, sustainability and all kinds of creatures that live in the sea, not to mention how to cook fish!
Conwy Honey Fair
14th September 2015
The most sweet, sticky and delicious festival of them all! The Conwy Honey Fair is about one thing and one thing only: honey. The fair dates back over 700 years to when King Edward I first allowed local beekeepers to begin selling their honey every 13th September without charge.
The main buzz of the festival is in Conwy’s High Street and Lancaster Square, where more than a tonne of locally produced honey is sold by lunchtime!
Local food festivals are an ideal way to experience the rich culture and food heritage that Wales has to offer. Which of these delicious Welsh food festivals most takes your fancy? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or leave a comment below!