Welsh rarebit, bara brith, and welsh cakes are just a few of the traditional Welsh foods you might get to taste when travelling in Wales. If you make it to a food festival though, you’re in for a whole host of gastronomic delights. These are the top six food festivals in Wales that shouldn’t be missed!
Gwledd Conwy Feast
The Gwledd Conwy Feast is one of Wales’ biggest festivals, featuring foodie delights from buffalo burgers to Welsh liqueurs. The festivities take place within the world heritage site of Conwy, surrounded by the 13th century castle, towers and historic quayside. Green-fingered gardening experts share advice on growing your own, while live music plays on the quayside.
Abergavenny Food Festival
Winner of the 2013 Best Event in Wales at the National Tourism Awards, the Abergavenny Food Festival is among the best of the best. The two-day festival hosts around 230 stalls lining the streets and inside local venues. This year the festival takes place on 20th and 21st September.
Conwy Honey Fair
This sweet, sticky and delicious festival is all about one thing: honey. The Conwy Honey Fair dates back over 700 years to when King Edward I allowed local beekeepers to begin selling their honey every 13th September. By lunch time, close to a tonne of honey will have been sold! The main buzz of the festival is in the High Street and Lancaster Square.
Hamper 2014: Llangollen Food Festival
Another North Wales delight, Hamper 2014: Llangollen Food Festival is dedicated to selling local produce and offers live cookery classes and workshops where travellers can learn about traditional local dishes. Come down on 18th and 19th October and take note of some excellent new recipes.
The Menai Seafood Festival
The Menai Seafood Festival is a great event for the whole family. A lively market with everyone from local fisherman to artisan producers turning out to celebrate North Wales’ coastal heritage and incredible seafood. North Wales’ most acclaimed chefs share their top tips and expert techniques. Meanwhile, kids can head down to the seashore where an array of fun activities hosted by Anglesey Sea Zoo take place. The festival runs from 29th-31st August 2014.
Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival
The Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival at Aberaeron is much smaller than the others but that doesn’t affect the quality of the festivities at all. The quayside is lined with stalls selling fresh fish and local produce. This one day festival takes place every July.
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