Food festivals are an increasingly popular way of showcasing all things foodie – and offer a great way to spend a day enjoying great food, drink and entertainment. Here we list what’s on over the summer months
Summer is just around the corner, and while we can’t guarantee the weather, we can guarantee that visiting one of the fantastic food festivals that West Wales has to offer over the next few months will put a smile on your face. After all, we are blessed with an unbeatable natural larder right on our doorsteps – from the finest fish, tender lamb and beef, fresh, tasty vegetables – and a wealth of inventive producers and chefs using that produce in the most creative of ways.
CARDIGAN BAY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
8 July 2018 – Aberaeron Harbour. established by a group of local fishermen in 1997 to show what fish was available locally and how it could be prepared, this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local fish and seafood – and of course to try it! www.aberaeronfishfest.com
LAMPETER FOOD FESTIVAL
28 July 2018 – Lampeter University. Featuring cooking demonstration and a wide range of food stalls and entertainment, the Lampeter Food Festival has been running for nearly 20 years and attracts many visitors keen to sample all that is available.
NARBERTH FOOD FESTIVAL
22 & 23 September 2018 – Ends the summer of food here in West Wales. Another event in its 18th year, this popular town will be thronged with food stalls, cooking demonstrations and lots of food-related activity for visitors to revel in.
CARDIGAN RIVER & FOOD FESTIVAL
18 August 2018 – Cardigan Quays. Cardigan’s River & Food Festival has grown to attract thousands of people to the town every year, celebrating the quality and diversity of the superb local independent food producers that abound in Wales. www.cardigan-food-festival.co.uk
ABERYSTWYTH SEA2SHORE FOOD FESTIVAL
12 August 2018 – Held on the Aberystwyth promenade, Sea2Shore is another great opportunity to celebrate the best that our coastal waters has to offer- and to enjoy the delights of this great town. Find them on Facebook
ABERYSTWYTH FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
17th September 2018 – Baker Street, Aberystwyth. Full details of this year’s Aberystwyth Food& Drink Festival are under wraps, but save the date and watch out for more information!
CRYMYCH FOOD FESTIVAL
1 September 2018 – Focusses on local produce, offering a variety of local food and drink including meats, cheese, bread, honey, wine and ice cream. The cookery demonstrations emphasise making the most of local produce – a great way to be inspired to try the produce that is available locally.
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DINEFWR FOOD FESTIVAL
23 & 24 June 2018 – Under the auspices of the National Trust, Newton House and Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo are hosting a showcase of Welsh food- everything you need to know from growing it, cooking it and eating it. For the price of the National Trust admission (and free if you’re already a member!), visitors will be able to attend demonstrations, attend talks on various foodie topics and take part in workshops and hands on activities. There will be food-based activities for children too.
NEWCASTLE EMLYN FOOD FESTIVAL
9 June 2018 – For the sixth year running, the King George V playing field will be filled to the brim with all things fun and foodie with local producers lined up again to present their fantastic produce to the world. This festival also features a popular performance stage which will feature participation from a number of local schools.
THE BIG CWTCH
31 Aug – 1 Sept 2018 – Crugybar, Carmarthenshire. Again, not strictly a ’food festival’ in its own right, The Big Cwtch celebrates the best of Welsh food alongside the best of Welsh music. www.thebigcwtch.com
THE LLANDOVERY SHEEP FESTIVAL
22 & 23 September 2018 – a great way to round off the summer with a heady mix of fun, food and wool. Of course it makes sense to bring everything together and celebrate everything the sheep, so beloved of Wales, gives us. Now, where is the mint sauce? www.llandoverysheepfestival.co.uk