Over the last 18 years, Abergavenny Food Festival has grown to become the largest food festival in Wales. Annually the event attracts chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers from all over the UK for a weekend of activities, festivities and more – and yet, I have a confession. I have never, ever been.
This year I plan to remedy this embarrassing fact, and I can’t wait to experience everything it has to offer. The festival prides itself on transforming the way people think about food; challenging and promoting new ideas, pushing the boundaries and encouraging people to really consider where their food comes from. It’s so up my street that quite frankly, it’s ridiculous that I’ve never done it before. What have I actually been doing with my life!?
This year’s line-up
I can’t wait to get my Abergavenny Food Festival tickets in the post, and am really looking forward to a couple of this year’s talks in particular. On the Friday night, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is giving a talk on his ‘life in food’ and if I can manage to bag myself a ticket, it’s probably going to take me quite a lot of effort not to completely lose my shit. You have to pay extra for a chance to hear Hugh speak, but I don’t mind – I love that guy. Tom Hunt is also giving a talk on the weekend – he was actually crowned one of the WWF’s Earth Hour Heroes at the same event I attended earlier this year, for his work as a sustainable chef at his multi-award winning restaurant, Poco, in Bristol.
On the Saturday, there’s also talk on ‘Eating the Climate Cool’, and another on Sunday on the ethical implications of eating meat (featuring the aforementioned Tom Hunt) which also sounds right up my street. These two talks are both free to anyone with a general admission wristband / ticket – so if you win this competition, I may even see you there…
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