Food, glorious food! Where does it better than Wales? From Caerphilly cheese to Bara Brith, the country's reputation for hearty, locally made food makes it a prime location for food festivals.
This year, Wales' calendar is filled with food markets and festivals, so we've picked our top 10 to help you narrow down your list. Enjoy!
Abergavenny Food Festival is one of the biggest and most popular food events in Wales. Set up in 1999, the festival celebrates the diversity and culture of food from across the country. It now welcomes over 200 of the finest food and drink producers and over 30,000 visitors each year. If you're a real foodie at heart, this is the event for you.
Conwy Feast is a celebration of food, music and arts in the stunning medieval riverside town of Conwy. With a perfect blend of food hills and street food, you're guaranteed to find something you fancy in this outstanding two-day food extravaganza. Sample the finest local delicacies from Welsh cheddar to tasty meats and firm favourite, Bara Brith.
Famous for its imposing castle and delicious cheese, the town of Caerphilly welcomes over 70 food and drink producers for Caerphilly Food Festival. If that's not enough for you, the local farmers' market will also be visiting, with over 20 traders selling only the finest fresh food to come straight from Caerphilly. Wander through the pretty streets to catch a whiff of the delicious food and browse the bustling market. Don't forget to sample some of the town's namesake cheese!
Since launching in 2004, Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival has grown from a one-day event with 40 stalls to a whole weekend of foodie celebrations and over 100 exhibitors. And we couldn't be more excited about it. Cowbridge is a beautiful town, making it the perfect place to while away a day sampling tasty food and picking up some fresh ingredients to cook up for dinner in your cosy cottage.
With the stunning backdrop of Caldicot Castle, Monmouthshire Food Festival is one of our favourites. The festival celebrates food producers from Monmouthshire and the neighbouring counties, offering tasty samples and cooking demonstrations. From pedigree Lleyn lamb to beautiful local ciders, discover authentic Monmouthshire food at this unique foodie event.
Set in the beautiful Teifi Valley, Lampeter Food Festival showcases the very best of its local food producers. With strictly local exhibitors offering delectable treats from goats cheese to wine, we're sure you'll find something to tickle your taste buds. Browse the market, stop to watch a cookery demonstration and catch up with local chefs to get the ins and outs of how to best prepare your local produce. We love this authentic food festival.
Menai Bridge's spectacular scenery draws us to its seafood festival year after year. Celebrating North Wales' coastal heritage with an abundance of seafood, Menai Seafood Festival promises fresh fish, arts, crafts and music for a lovely day out. For seafood lovers, this is a great opportunity to sample freshly caught fish from the Isle of Anglesey. Over 100 stalls with farmers, fisherman and local producers will be at hand to answer any questions and, of course, provide tasty treats! Keep an eye on their website for announcements.
With over 120 exhibitors and 13,000 visitors, it's no wonder why Mold Food and Drink Festival is so popular. Set in the ancient town of Mold, the event has a packed line up of cookery demonstrations, tastings and its famous market. Known as the gateway to Wales, Flintshire is a spectacular area well worth exploring. Just don't forget to pack a picnic full of goodies from the food festival to see you through your journey!
Welcoming over 60,000 visitors each year, Cardiff Bay International Food Festival offers a truly unique event. Try and buy delicious local food on the day, much of which is inspired by all corners of the world. Cardiff Bay is a stunning location and on a sunny day, there's no better place to stop for lunch! Check out the demonstrations held by top chefs and tuck into an array of tasty treats.
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