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Top 10 food festivals in Wales this year

Dawn Stephens-Borg 27 November 2019

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!

Viva Vegan Festival, March

vegan food

This inspiring festival in Swansea offers 70 amazing vegan stalls serving a great selection of hot and cold food. Ethical gifts, clothing and cosmetics are on sale and there are free nutritional advice and fact sheets for visitors. Find out all about going or staying vegan with inspirational talks and live cookery demonstrations held throughout the day. There’s something for everyone here so bring all the family for a great day out.

Stay nearby at one of our South Wales cottages.

Caerphilly Food Festival, May

Caerphilly Food Festival
Caerphilly Food Festival credit: Instagram @plant2plateuk


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!

Stay nearby at one of our Brecon Beacons cottages, and if you're looking for more things to do in the local area read our guide to the best places to visit in the Brecon Beacons.

Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, May

Cowbridge food and drink festival in Wales

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.

Stay nearby at one of our South Wales cottages.

Lampeter Food Festival, July

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. This is one of our favourite authentic food festivals in Wales.

Stay nearby at one of our Brecon Beacons cottages.

Menai Food Festival, August

Menai Food Festival in Anglesey, Wales

Menai Bridge's spectacular scenery draws us to its food and drink festivals year after year. Celebrating North Wales' heritage with an abundance of delicious dishes, Menai Food Festival promises local, major and artisan food and drink as well as international street food, crafts and music and family fun, making a lovely day out for all the family. An array of stalls with farmers, fishermen 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. 

Stay nearby at one of our Snowdonia cottages.

Beaumaris Food Festival, August/September

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Run by the same organisers who put on the hugely popular Menai Food Festival, the Beaumaris Food Festival offers a fabulous mixture of food, drink and entertainment. Poetry readings and nature talks entice visitors into the Talk Tents, while celebrity chef demos whizz up fabulous meals that you can try at home. Set in a stunning seafront location between the historic Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey and the Menai Straits, with the Snowdonia mountain range providing the perfect backdrop, we can think of no prettier place to discover the local produce.

Stay nearby at one of our Snowdonia properties.

Abergavenny Food Festival, September

Abergavenny Food Festival
Abergavenny Food Festival credit: Instagram @afoodfestival


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 one of the best Wales food festivals for you. 

Stay nearby at one of our Abergavenny cottages, or find more top things to do in Abergavenny with our guide.

Mold Food Festival, September

Mold Food Festival in North Wales

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!

Stay nearby at one of our Welsh Borders cottages.

Narberth Food Festival, September

Narberth Food Festival in Wales

Bring the little ones to this great festival which has something for all the family. An array of activities keeps the kids busy while you enjoy the food stalls and live music. Browse the fabulous local produce, from scrumptious ice cream and fudge to burgers and street food. A great selection of exhibitors and celebrity chef demos show off the best that Wales to offer and there's a licensed bar if you want a glass of something fizzy as you take notes.  

Stay nearby at one of our West Wales cottages.

Conwy Feast, October

Lobster pots

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.

Stay nearby at one of our North Wales cottages.


Looking for somewhere to stay during your foodie tour? Take a look at our stunning selection of luxury cottages in Wales


And if you'd like some more culinary inspiration, check out our guide to authentic Welsh food to try on your holidaywhere to buy Welsh cakes and ideas for quirky cream teas! If it's Wales' buzzing even schedule that takes your fancy, there also some pretty magical festivals taking place throughout the year, that aren't dedicated to food. 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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