Food Festivals in Wales - A Top Five selection
In recent years, Wales has built up a significant reputation as a destination for food lovers and this is illustrated at some superb Food Festivals that are held throughout the country.
Pride of place must go to the Abergavenny Food Festival which takes over the town for two days every year; the dates for 2014 are Saturday and Sunday 20 & 21 September. It won the 2013 Best Event in Wales at the National Tourism Awards and deservedly so; the phrase ‘something for everyone’ is rather overused but in this case it really is justified - the Festival guide last year had over eighty pages! In the region of 230 stalls fill half a dozen venues (some indoors like the Market Hall) and line the sides of several streets. Not to be missed!
On a smaller scale but also very enjoyable and in a lovely setting is the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival at Aberaeron which will take place this year on Sunday 13 July. The stalls line the quay side from the mouth of the harbour and the ‘Harbourmaster Hotel’, down past the ‘Hive on the Quay’ to the inner harbour and provide a wonderful atmosphere in this small, attractive town.
The Menai Seafood Festival will be held at Menai Bridge on Anglesey from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August and will feature a bustling market environment with local fisherman, seafood suppliers, farmers and artisan producers from on and around the island. It will celebrate North Wales's coastal heritage and the abundance of seafood and fish available around the shores of Anglesey. A number of North Wales's most acclaimed chefs, will be sharing recipes, tips and techniques and there will be kids' activities on the seashore run by Anglesey Sea Zoo.
Also in North Wales, ‘Hamper 2014 - The Llangollen Food Festival’ will be held at the Llangollen Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday 18 & 19 October with food and drink in the fabulous local producers. Food Festivals like Llangollen provide live cookery classes and fun workshops and give visitors the opportunity to learn about traditional dishes or to pick up exciting new ideas and recipes.
Most Food Festivals only started in fairly recent times but the final one of our selection began over 700 hundred years ago! During the reign of King Edward I, local beekeepers were first given the right to sell honey every 13 September within the walls of the town. The Conwy Honey Fair takes place in the High Street and Lancaster Square and it is said that about a tonne of honey is sold by lunch time. As well as honey, there are stalls with local produce, plants and crafts. See Wales Holidays ‘Food Festivals’ pages for more information on Festivals in all areas of Wales plus details of Farmers Markets.