The Best Food Festivals to Visit in Wales
Calling all foodies and budding chefs: if you’re looking for a fantastic food-centric festival to head to this summer, Wales is the place to go.
From seafood festivals to cheese markets, you’ll find a range of events taking place across the country that are sure to have your mouth watering. Enjoy the peaceful scenery and tranquil setting in the north on the isle of Anglesey or an exciting waterfront day out in the city of Cardiff. Try cheeses, pastries and a slurp of gin while making your way around the stalls and pick out a favourite dinner-time treat to take home for tea.
There’s a huge variety of delicious produce being grown and cooked up in Wales right now, so head west to discover the delights on offer. Take a look at these food and drink festivals taking place throughout the country and enjoy a taste of Cymru when you stay in a cottage in Wales.
Abergavenny Food Festival, Abergavenny
Nicknamed ‘the Cannes of food festivals’, this big-time foodie Mecca draws 30,000 visitors every year.
It takes place in September, and there are a range of fantastic activities to keep the whole family busy from stalls, product tastings, kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations, hands-on cookery lessons to foodie debates discussing issues in today’s food industry.
Budding young chefs can head to the kids’ cookery school while industry buffs can listen to talks and debate the biggest foodie dilemmas affecting us right now. Big names have graced the stage at this foodie festival, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver and Monica Galetti.
This town-wide ‘feast’ is a food festival with a whole range of entertaining extras, including music, art and crafts and a variety of exhibitors.
A great family festival with something for everyone, Conwy Feast has fun activities, including a family cooking academy. There are also plenty of food halls and bars that adults groups will enjoy eating and drinking their way around, demonstration kitchens and wine tasting session. Enjoy street food before heading down the local food market to pick up gifts for friends and family and a special treat for tonight’s dinner.
Stay in a cottage nearby: Boutique Townhouse, Llandudno
Caerphilly Food Festival, Caerphilly
This May-time foodie extravaganza takes place in Caerphilly town centre and hosts over 100 stallholders and thousands of visitors.
During the event, the streets of Caerphilly are transformed into a foodie marketplace with delicious tasters for you to try and plenty of produce for sale so you can take home a treat. Highlights of the festival include the cheese market (always a favourite!), cookery demonstrations, a farmers market and a craft fair that compliments the big event.
Stay in a cottage nearby: Cookes Cottage, sleeps 4
Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, Cowbridge
Close to the South Wales coastline, this market promises delicious cuisine from the 100+ stalls and draws over 10,000 visitors a year.
Explore the pretty market town while the festivities create a vibrant atmosphere, and the stalls fill the air with the delicious smell of cooking. Independent shops line the streets of Cowbridge and often open to coincide with the event. Old Hall Gardens hosts a range of activities for younger visitors while there’s a schedule of demonstrations to watch and a variety of extra activities going on throughout the town.
Stay in a cottage nearby: Jacks Barn, sleeps 4
Beaumaris Food Festival, Beaumaris
Taking place in North Wales on the scenic island of Anglesey, this festival is a central hub for the community and is getting bigger and better every year.
Feel the community spirit of this unifying festival that draws visitors from all over Anglesey and the rest of mainland Wales. It’s in a wonderful location on the town green with 12th-century Beaumaris castle as the backdrop, where there’ll be stalls selling award-winning Walsh produce, vans offering street food and bars with a range of thirst-quenching drinks. Try some of the nibbles on offer and enjoy a meal from one of your favourite stalls.
Stay in a cottage nearby: Island Hide, sleeps 2
Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Aberaeron
First established back in 1997 to allow a group of fishermen to show off their wares, this fishy festival has grown and become a foodie event in its own right drawing award-winning chefs from across the UK and impressing its visitors. The stalls offer a range of food and are not restricted to seafood so keep an eye out for tasty burgers and crisp wood-fired pizzas, and there are always cooking demonstrations taking place – fish is notoriously tricky to cook so take note!
Stay in a cottage nearby: Sapphire, sleeps 2
Cardiff Food and Drink Festival, Cardiff
A great excuse for a city break, head to the capital of Wales for this summer event that draws thousands every year.
It’s a celebration of all the fantastic home-grown produce from every corner of Wales. It takes place at Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay, so you can dine out on all the deliciousness while sat on the water’s edge. Enjoy street food or try tasters at the stalls and choose the best of Wales to take home for your tea. Music, entertainment and workshops also take place on the day, so once you are stuffed full of tasty foods you can get involved in the other activities on offer.
Stay in a cottage nearby: Vedw Barn Haven, sleeps 4
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