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The Tastiest Food and Drinks Events in Wales 2019

Are you are looking to expand your taste buds?

Then take a look at our selection below of upcoming festivals in Wales. Every taste is covered from the finest local produce to delicious international cuisine.

Welsh Cheese and Cider Festival

The Welsh Cheese and Cider Festival returns for its seventh year for the 4th of May to Monday 6th at Gower Heritage Center, offering a wide range of locally produced cheeses and ciders. This local selection represents the best Wales has to offer. Look out for Gower’s own Mill House cider, as well as a traditional 1890s travelling cider press. There will also be apple press demonstrations.

You can find out more details at www.gowerheritage.co.uk

Cowbridge Food Festival

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First opening its stall in 2004, this one-day festival has grown to a full weekend with over 100 food and drink stalls spread around the market town. This year the festival will take place on the 26th-27th May.

Visit www.cowbridgefoodanddrink.org  for more information.

Gower Good Food Festival

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This popular family-friendly event plays host to some of the area’s finest local producers. Visit the Gower Heritage Centre on the 26th and 27th May to sample delicious homemade produce, try your hand at pottery workshops or get involved in blacksmith and glass blowing demonstrations. There will also be puppet making and guided tours of the mill and animal feeding sessions on the day, ensuring there is something for the whole family to dig into.

Welsh Perry and Cider Festival

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The popular four-day festival will once again take place at Caldicot Castle during this Spring Bank Holiday. This is a great chance to find out what’s new in Wales’ craft perry and cider making industry, which uses specially selected fruit from Welsh orchards. There’s also family entertainment on Monday.

Cardigan Bay Food Festival

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This year is the 22nd anniversary of this festival and in that time it has become one of the nation’s favourite. The festival will take place on the 7th July, where visitors will get a chance to watch chefs prepare local fish and sample dishes that they can then attempt at home. Local lobster, crab, mackerel, mullet, seabass and much more get cooked in all different styles. Visit www.aberaeronfishfest.com for more details.

Cardiff International Food and Drinks Festival

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The capitol’s annual food event returns this year from the 5-7th July with plenty of food for connoisseurs to dig into, from farmhouse cheese, handmade chocolates, specialist liqueurs to international treats to tempt the taste buds. This is one of Cardiff’s biggest summer events, with over 100 local, national and international producers attending.

Lampeter Food Festival

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Come to Lampeter Food Festival on the 27th July to see chef demos or visit the festival’s entertainment tent to keep the kids happy. This will feature various local musicians, children’s theatre, belly dancing, storytelling, bouncy castles and donkey rides. You can find out more at www.lampeterfoodfestival.org.uk.

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Bite Food Festival, Cardiff

Bite Food Festival

Bite will return to Insole Court on the 27th July, and they have plans to make this year’s event even bigger and better.

Last year, the inaugural event welcomed more than 10,000 people to the gardens of Insole Court mansion in Llandaff, where they could sample dishes cooked by 30 of South Wales’ top chefs and restauranteurs – and to make it accessible to all, every single dish was priced at just £3.

The Good Life Experience

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Campfire cooking is the focus of The Good Life Experience along with axe-throwing, archery, abseiling, campfire cooking, yoga, crafts, and culinary workshops. This year the festival will take place between the 12-15th September on the impressive Hawarden Estate. Book your tickets at www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk.

Abergavenny Food Festival

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This has developed into the biggest and longest running food festival in the whole of Wales. By attracting such food heavyweights such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver over the years, its reputation has grown as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. Activities include product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates.

Find out more at www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Llangollen Food Festival

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Live cookery classes and fun workshops are a feature at one of North Wales’s favourite food events.

Last year, Simon O’Rourke, who tours the world using a chainsaw to create stunning sculptures masterminded the first ever Welsh pumpkin championship. This year the festival will take place on the Saturday 19th October.

More details can be found at http://www.llangollenfoodfestival.com/

Pembrokeshire Fish Week

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This annual event is packed with events and activities revolving around fish and shellfish, eating out, fish cookery and preparation demonstrations. There will also be angling competitions and coaching, on water adventure and outdoor activities, waterway travel, environmental and educational activities, arts, craft and culture and for all ages. The festival will open to visitors from Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 June 2019.

Newport Food Festival

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The Newport Food Festival will return to the city centre on the 5th October 2019. This festival offers the opportunity to see demonstrations from the finest local chefs and a wide range of stalls.

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