Win two tickets to Abergavenny Food Festival 2018

Over the last 20 years, Abergavenny Food Festival has grown to become the largest annual food festival in Wales. Each year, the event attracts chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers from all over the UK for a jam-packed weekend of activities, festivities, chef demos, supper clubs and more.

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. Last year I visited for the first time, and loved seeing how the festival takes over the entire market town, with different events all taking place in separate areas around the centre. These range from producer stalls and street-food markets, to demonstration tents and pop-up cookery schools.

Abergavenny Food Festival

This year’s festival line-up

The best thing about the Abergavenny food festival is just how many of the talks and debates on offer are included in the cost of a general admission wrist-band. Last year I was lucky enough to enjoy free talks from Zoe Adjonyo (Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen), Jan Ostle (Wilsons) and Tom Hunt, (Poco),as well as a round-table discussion between UCL food policy professor Tim Lang, Psychotherapist and farmer Ruth Tudor, and Martha Roberts; a small-scale producer of free-range, rare-breed pork. It was fascinating to hear the panel debate their opinions on whether eating meat was a necessity, a right or a privilege.

This year, the line up of ‘free’ chef demos (included with a general admission wristband) includes Masterchef finalist Imran Nathoo, Sam & Shauna from Hangfire BBQ, and a ‘seafood and booze demo’ with Bristol Lido chef Freddy Bird and TV chef Matt Tebbutt which sounds right up my street. To see the full 2018 chef demo line up, click here.

Apart from the free events, I am also really excited about this year’s line up of paid-for events, including critic and food writer Grace Dent’s talk, Riverford Organic’s pop-up, and the huge Welsh feast from Wrights Food Emporium on Sunday 16th September. Philip Lymbery of Compassion in World Farming is also giving a talk about dairy milk alternatives, and how choosing to avoid cows milk in favour of plant / nut milk might create a whole other set of environmental problems – I am really keen to go to this one as it can be so hard to know what to do for the best sometimes!

Other highlights of Welsh produce and talent at this year’s festival include a Welsh Sunday lunch with Wright’s Food Emporium and chef forager Matt Powell,a salt & caramel tasting workshop with Halen Mon, and Welsh lamb with James Sommerin. Also, look out for the Welsh dragon sign on stalls in the Markets selling produce from and made in Wales.

WIN! Two tickets to Abergavenny 2018

If you like the sound of Abergavenny, how about winning 2 x general admission wristbands for this year’s festival (worth £28)? The festival organisers are also throwing in 2 x tickets to Saturday’s talk ‘100 years of women in food‘ (worth £15) – making the whole prize package worth a cool £43.

This competition is now closed and the winner has been contacted. 

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74 Comments

  1. Edwina Clark
    July 29, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Like you I visited for the first time last year too and loved it! Highlights were Tom Kerridge, a food photography masterclass and someone I’ve grown up with … Darina Allen.
    I’d bring my lovely husband Matt; he did an oyster shucking masterclass and loved it!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Oh oyster shucking class sounds fun! 😀

  2. Mary J
    July 29, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    I would love to take my Mum. Would book an overnight stay too to make the most of the experience. I enjoyed reading your Madrid blog and as recommended visited Mercado San Miguel. OMG, I loved it and am sure this experience would be the same. As a WI member I am interested in the talk too 😊

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 11:54 am

      That’s so nice to hear – really glad you enjoyed the market, I tell everyone to go! Thanks for letting me know 🙂 x

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Lucky hubby 😉

  3. Khudeza
    July 29, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    I’d take my best friend – he’s a massive foodie but has never been to Abergavenny Food Festival. I’ve been promising to take him for years so this would be perfect!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 11:55 am

      He will love it, I always say to people it’s like foodie Disneyland, haha! x

  4. Jools Cyprien
    July 29, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    I would bring my 5 year old daughter Evie as she is really getting into food. She watches me and helps in the kitchen any chance she gets and at this young age has so much interest and a great palette already.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Sounds like you’re raising a little chef 🙂

  5. Sara
    July 30, 2018 / 7:17 am

    I’d bring my sister Rachel, we always go together. x

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 11:55 am

      That’s nice 🙂 xx

  6. Rekha
    July 30, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    I’d love to take my foodie husband along as he’s always wanted to go to teh festival and share his love of Welsh food.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Nice 🙂 x

  7. Amanda
    July 30, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I would love to take my mum as I think it would be a fantastic way to celebrate her 60th birthday 🎂

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Fingers crossed! xx

  8. Zoe Sutton
    July 30, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    My boyfriend was born and raised in Abergavenny, he’s never been but has been promising me for the past 3 years that we’ll go…. I’m still waiting 😂

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Oh he’d love it! It completely takes over the town 🙂

  9. Mei
    July 30, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I would take my boyfriend with me. We visited last year for the first time as well and had an amazing time. Defienetly visiting this year too.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:33 am

      It’s great isn’t it, I loved the talks. x

  10. July 30, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Oh I love so love to attend! I would definitely be bringing my little girl who loves food as much as me 🖤

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Sounds like you’re raising a good one 😉 x

  11. Rosie Dent
    July 30, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Exciting! I would bring my OH, neither of us have been before.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:34 am

      You’d love it Rosie! x

  12. July 30, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    I would take my sister – she’s a fabulous mummy and always deserves a day off! we both like sweet treats so would prob head straight for the cake!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Haha! 🙂

  13. July 31, 2018 / 6:41 am

    I would bring my partner. He’s a potter and I’m a herb and salad grower, so we’re a foodie partnership!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 8:33 am

      oh, very cool! 🙂

  14. Jenny Brady
    July 31, 2018 / 9:21 am

    I would take my partner Dan. We are moving in to a new house in a couple of weeks and this is a perfect opportunity to stock up on nice foodie bits ready for autumn weekends in.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      Great plan! 😀 x

  15. Jansen
    July 31, 2018 / 11:07 am

    I would bring my Husband Herb as part of our holiday from Australia to finally see, live, taste & breath the Welsh culture home of my ancestors!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Wait – are you the same couple who were exploring Canton and the Lansdowne pub the other day? 😀

  16. Rosy Greenwood
    July 31, 2018 / 11:58 am

    I would bring my partner , John, who is a great foodie. We would wander round the stalls and sample as many foodstuffs we could. We would watch the chef demonstrations and be inspired to try different things. We would bring loads of shopping bags and go home laden with produce, leaflets and memories of a fantastic day.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      I love going home with bagfuls of treats, too!

  17. nicola thomas
    July 31, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    I would bring my husband, as he enjoys going to the food festival. We love tasting the food, the smells that wizz pass your nose. The atmosphere about the place is wonderful. xx

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      It definitely is! 🙂

  18. Simon Tutthill
    July 31, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I know my mum would love to celebrate and experience this amazing festival

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      🙂

  19. Natasha Bragg
    July 31, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    I’d take my uni pal and our babies Ellie Tole

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Good luck! x

  20. Andrea
    July 31, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I would take my hubby as he works nights and I work days so it would be lovely to do something together and would save me cooking!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Good luck Andrea 🙂

  21. July 31, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    I’d bring my wife and dining partner, Louisa. Hopefully see you there. 🤞🏼

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Good luck Sam! x

  22. Rich Tyler
    August 1, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I’d love to bring my wifey along, she loves all things food related, lovely day out – making memorys!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      🙂

  23. Sian
    August 1, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Great prize Jane! I would have to take Jamie with me and find a babysitter so we could make a proper day of it xx

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Lush – definitely worth a baby sitter! 😉 x

  24. Sarha mckay
    August 1, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    I would love to bring my daughter to inspire her with wonderful food and being an amazing female

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Good plan 😉

  25. Amanda Bowen
    August 2, 2018 / 8:23 am

    I’d take one of my oldest school friends who has her birthday in September and is also a big foodie. We’re already in the process of organising babysitters so we can both really relax and enjoy the day come rain or shine! Winning free tickets would be the icing on the cake*

    * Many cakes, oo and cheese and sausages and…

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      hahaha!

  26. Rhiannon Jenkins
    August 2, 2018 / 9:05 am

    I’d take my fella and between us we’d see off all the cider, cake and cheese!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Excellent plan! 🙂

  27. Ellie Garraway
    August 2, 2018 / 10:16 am

    We visited last year for the first time and loved it – a great vibe. Both me and my partner love food and cooking and finding out about exciting new ingredients and flavours – we would bring eachother.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Lovely 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  28. leanne weir
    August 3, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    I would bring my husband with me!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Very kind 🙂 x

  29. katherine
    August 4, 2018 / 6:42 am

    I would bring Mr G & Baby G (hoping she wouldn’t need a pass). She will be started food next week so hopefully by the festival she will be ready to try lots!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Ahhh baby G would love it! 😀 x

  30. Ally
    August 6, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    I would take my Best Friend for her 27th Birthday!

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Oooh good shout!

  31. Helen
    August 8, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Peter

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      🙂

  32. August 8, 2018 / 10:09 am

    I would take my boyfriend along as we have never been before and as avid foodies we would both love to go! X

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Oh you’d love it! x

  33. August 8, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    Me and my wife (girlfriend at the time) visited the festival many years ago and loved it. We haven’t been able to make it back for various reasons, would be great to win the tickets and suprise her with a visit.

    • HungryCityHippy
      Author
      August 8, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Cute! Thanks for entering 🙂

  34. Maddy
    August 8, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    I’d bring along my husband as he’s a great foodie!

  35. August 9, 2018 / 8:12 am

    I’d love to take my boy friend. We’ve never been before but heard so many amazing stories! We’ve made it our aim to go to as many food festivals as we can this summer and we’re definitely adding this one to thew list! 🙂 xx

  36. Pete
    August 9, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I’d bring my wife along. Abergavenny is a lovely town. Delicious food is a bonus!

  37. Cerys J
    August 9, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I’d bring my other half Lewis 🙂 We only live 30 mins away so what a perfect comp 🙂

  38. ellie
    August 9, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    I’d bring my bestie – we both love food and are always up for a road trip from the Diff

  39. Sheri
    August 10, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I’d love to bring along my fiance! The weekend of Abergavenny Food Festival will be the anniversary of when we got engaged a year ago. He now lives in London, so I only get to spend weekends with him, and what better way to russell up some romance than eating good food with the one you love.

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