Sunday, 21 July 2013

Welsh Food Festival Roundup - guest post

The festival season is upon us: wellies are appropriately muddy, tents are suitably smelly, and our stomachs are fed up of the same old festival food. So why not treat your stomach to something with a little more substance than the standard burger from a van, and head to a one of the many food festivals that are happening across Wales this summer? Spectacular stalls and live displays will showcase some of the best Welsh produce and tantalising recipes of the moment, from the traditional to the unusual, treat your taste buds at a food festival.

26th – 28th July 
One of the best things about the Big Cheese is that it’s totally free of charge to attend; another has to be that the festival is dedicated to one of the greatest food stuffs known to man- glorious cheese! Held in the grounds of Caerphilly Castle, the festival highlights include live re-enactments, a fun fair, and live music and entertainment during the days and into the nights. More than 50 stallholders will gather to show off the best of Welsh local produce from chocolates to chutneys.

The Big Cheese Festival, Caerphilly
The Big Cheese Festival, Caerphilly
7th – 8th September
This is another free festival held in a unique open air setting at the National History Museum in Cardiff. The focus is on fine food here, with over 80 stall holders all set within the museums historic re-constructed buildings, selling food from the traditional to the exotic, with bread and cakes baked in the museums bake house and meat and sausages from animals reared in museum grounds. 

21st – 22nd September 
This is a big one on the South Wales foodie calendar, called ‘Glastonbury of the food festivals’ by the Observer, you’ll find a great atmosphere, plenty of stallholders across five different venues to browse, taste, and try the very best in local food and drink. As well as plenty to eat, there’s a wide selection of things to see and do, making this festival a perfect day out on a family holiday. There are live demonstrations and cookery workshops for kids plus the fantastic Party at the Castle on the Saturday night featuring an amazing fireworks display. 

This was a guest post by Elizabeth Bathurst a travel writer on behalf of Holiday Cottages. Elizabeth is heading up to the Royal Welsh show soon where you will find her exploring the Food Hall and the Food and Drink Pavilion.

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