Abergavenny Food Festival had a record year this year, with over 30,000 attendees and with over 200 stall holders selling every type of food imaginable, from paellas to baklava, and everything in between, Abergavenny Food Festival is certainly the place to be to find amazing produce!
Our day trip to the Abergavenny Food Festival began early for us boarded our first train from Birmingham at 6.30am in order to attend the official opening of the festival, which began at 10am. The opening took place in the beautiful ballroom of The Angel Hotel and the festival was opened by Cyrus Todiwala, who first attended the festival fourteen years ago selling his delicious chutneys, and Heather Myers, the chief executive.
After being given a festival guide each, we set on exploring the picturesque town. In total there were six venues, five of which were wristband only access, meaning there was plenty of choice and when drawn into the beauty of the event you could easily lose a day or two sampling each stalls wares. As well as the individual stalls, there was a whole host of events from cookery school sessions for children, to book signings and tutored tastings for those looking to refine their palate, making it truly an amazing experience.
As there is just so much to do at Abergavenny Food Festival there was no way that we could concisely sum up the whole experience, so we’ve summed up some of our favourite finds.
The Market Hall and Brewery Yard had over a hundred stallholders between them and we easily got lost sampling and jumping from one stall to the next! As well as an immense number of stallholders (which makes up almost half of the number in the entire festival), inside of the Market Hall was the Kitchen Stage, where special guests cooked up some of their favourite dishes, giving out hints and tips for free for those with wristbands. (Sitting at the stage was also a great way to rest your feet and enjoy yourself at the same time – with a possibility of tasters at the end!)
The streets of Abergavenny were littered with lots of stalls, many selling different foods and drinks, but others sold items such as ceramics and vintage cutlery, all open to the public and not just wristband holders. The Castle however was open to only wristband holders, and contained many more food stalls, a hula hoop stall, the Food Academy where there were activities for children, as well as several bars and the Rude Health Rants stage where people could stand and rant about food for an allotted time.
With a whole host of amazing, delicious produce, Abergavenny Food Festival is absolutely the place to be and we can’t wait for the next one!