October Food and Drink Festivals in Wales
The end of the harvest will herald some excellent and diverse Food and Drink Festivals in Wales this October. In the North Wales Borderlands, the Llangollen Food and Drink Festival, Hamper 2013, one of the heavyweights of the Wales Food Festival circuit, takes place at the Royal International Pavilion on 19 and 20 October Further west in North Wales, the Conwy Feast with 150 stalls on 26 and 27 October showcases Conwy’s world famous mussels and celebrates the best of Welsh chefs and local produce.
The Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival now attracts thousands of visitors each year. It will be held on 12 October and 13 October at the Trearddur Bay Hotel. The Brecon Beacons Food Festival returns with Welsh food exhibitors and kitchen demonstrations from celebrity chefs; the date for the Festival is 5 October.
Visitors to the Abergavenny area can head south to the 2013 Newport Food Festival which will be held on Saturday 5 October and will focus on the ‘market quarter’ which is currently being regenerated in the city centre. Or, later in the month, Cowbridge Food and Drink will take place on 26 and 27 October; there will be the usual mix of exhibitors, chef demonstrations and talks. Whilst in Pembrokeshire, the Fishguard Autumn Festival is a three day food, drink and music festival that will take place from 30 October to 2 November.
In the Gower and Swansea area, the Gower Cider Festival Weekend will be held on 12 and 13 October at the Gower Heritage Centre and will be offering visitors the chance to see how cider is traditionally made. To be held over three days from Thursday to Sunday 17 to 20 October, the Mumbles Oyster Fair is the revival of an important and distinctive Mumbles community event promoting the importance of local inshore fisheries.