Everything you need to know about BITE Cardiff: a different kind of food festival

BITE Cardiff is the city’s brand-new summer food festival; an event that aims to encourage discussions around ‘real food’. It will take place in the gardens of Insole Court mansion in Llandaff on Saturday 14thJuly.

Here’s everything you need to know about this uber-exciting new foodie event….

You say ‘uber exciting’ – what’s so different about it?

At BITE, the idea is to let the food to the talking. There’ll be no fancy branding, no trendy trucks and no entrance fee on the day; just a whole bunch of great chefs each selling a single, specially-created dish, for just £3 each.

Who is organising it?

The event has been organised by Phill Lewis, founder of Dusty Knuckle restaurant in Canton, and Simon Thomas, formerly of Street Food Circus.

So, who will be cooking?

The full chef / producer line up looks absolutely flippin’ fantastic:

  • Stephen Terry of The Hardwick restaurant
  • Jamie O Leary of JOLS restaurant
  • Tom Furlong of Milkwood restaurant
  • Tommy Heaney of The Great House Restaurant
  • Ceri Johnston of The Early Bird bakery
  • Matt Waldron of The Corran Restaurant
  • Deri Reed of The Warren restaurant
  • Lia Moutselou of Lia’s Kitchen
  • Illtud Dunsford of Charcutier LTD
  • Andrew Frost of The Parkhouse restaurant
  • Phill Lewis of Dusty Knuckle restaurant
  • Monserrat Prat of La Cuina restaurant
  • John Cook of the DIRT supper clubs
  • Simon Wright of Wrights Food Emporium
  • Jon White of The Two Anchors 
  • Neil Patel of the Vegetarian Food Studio
  • Ben Moss of The Parsnipship
  • Antonio Simone of The Humble Onion
  • Abi Dymmock of Jack & Amelie meals for kids

As well as:

  • Keralan Karavan
  • Spit & Sawdust
  • Shawarmawarma
  • Slowpig
  • Mr Laverman
  • Mr Croquewich

And what will be available to drink?

Liquid refreshments will come from:

  • Skyborry Cider
  • Lufkin Coffee
  • Natural wines from Wrights Wines
  • Espresso Martinis from The Handlebar Barista
  • A range of Welsh gins
  • A range of ales from local breweries including Glamorgan Brewery, Grey Trees Brewery and Tenby Brewing Co.

People are also being encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles in order to stay hydrated throughout the day (…love that!)

What time does it start?

The festival starts at noon and will finish at 10pm. I will be situated on a picnic blanket clutching a glass of wine for the entire duration!

Do I need to bring cash, or can I pay by card?

You’ll need to bring cash. You’ll be able to buy BITE stickers for £3 each when you arrive at the event, each sticker can be redeemed for a dish or a drink.

There will also be a cash-only bar on-site.

Bite Cardiff

Are children welcome? What about dogs?

The event is designed to be family friendly – in fact, both Dusty Knuckle and Jack & Amelie will be providing £3 dishes created especially for the little ones.

Well behaved dogs are also welcome.

Can I bring a picnic blanket?

Yes! People are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, and also, their own picnic crockery and cutlery if possible.

The BITE organisers are keen to reduce the amount of waste created by the festival, so people are welcome to bring their own picnic sets, refillable water bottles and cutlery on the day.

Is there parking on site?

The organisers are encouraging people to use public transport to access the festival as much as possible. The nearest buses that operate between Cardiff city centre and Insole Court are the66, 25, 62 or 63 (operated by Cardiff Bus) and the 122or 124(operated by Stagecoach).

Insole Court is approximately a 25-minute bus ride from Cardiff city centre.

Alternatively, the nearest train station is Fairwater.  Insole Court is 500m from the Fairwater Road exit. Services are operated by Arriva Trains Wales on the City Line that runs from Coryton to Radyr through the city centre (and in reverse).

The main cycle routes to Insole Court are:

  • From Cardiff Bay via the Ely Trail
  • From Cardiff city centre via the Taff Trail

Bike parking is near the Visitors’ Centre / in the car park.

People who bring a car will be asked to donate £5 toward the upkeep of Insole Court mansion.

For more information about BITE, keep an eye on the Facebook event page  for updates.

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