Five delicious dates for your diary, from fledgeling food fests to market hall feasts

Most people in South Wales know all about the International Food Festival which takes place in Cardiff Bay every summer.

Practically everyone’s had a scotch egg and a pint of Brains in the basin at least once in their lives – it’s a rite of passage. But if massive crowds, a Groundhog-Day line-up of street food traders and plastic cups of £11 Pimms aren’t really floating your boat anymore, why not try giving one of these events a go instead?

From fledgling festivals on family farms to the the biggest, annual food-fest in the UK, there’s a lot of delicious stuff going on in South Wales this summer.

1. Y Gegin Food Hall

7th June – 7th July

Next month, the old Market Hall in Pembroke Dock into will transform into a pop up ‘Food Hall’ which will be open Friday – Sunday, every weekend, for four weeks straight.

Set up by the culinary brains behind coastal eateries Cwlbox and Paternoster Farm, Y Gegin will feature both businesses cooking alongside an array of guest chefs, with the line up changing each week.

On the first Saturday, there’ll be an outdoor producers and makers market in the courtyard too, showcasing all of the rich foodie talent Pembrokeshire has to offer.

Y Gegin aims to be a laid back space for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if the trial period proves successful, the plan is to open on a permanent basis from Autumn onwards.

Find out more here.

2. Hallets Sundowner

22nd – 23rd June

The Hallets Sundowner Festival is a mini one-day celebration of music, cider and sunshine. At this adults-only event, guests will be able to see where the cider is made on the Hallet family farm, and of course, try the different styles of cider that they produce. There will be live music on site as well as some additional entertainment, including out-door pub games.

Camping is also available for a small number of ticket holders (60 maximum, assuming 2 people per tent; 30 tents) so if you want to stay over, be sure to purchase a camping ticket, too!

Find out more here.

3. Cardiff Night Market

11th July

For one night only, Cardiff central market will be opening its doors for a late night shopping (and eating) experience. Alongside the various food & drink stalls which will be open for people to graze from, they will also be hosting some amazing work by local artist Eleri Haf Davies.

Find out more here.

4. Bite Cardiff

27th July

Despite being a brand-new concept, Bite Cardiff ended up being the unexpected highlight of the Cardiff food festival calendar last year.

The inaugural event (the brainchild of Dusty Knuckle‘s Phill Lewis) welcomed more than 10,000 people to the gardens of Insole Court mansion in Llandaff, where they could sample dishes cooked by 30 of South Wales’ top chefs and restauranteurs. To make it accessible to all, every single dish was priced at just £3.

Bite is back this summer, and once again, the focus will remain squarely on the food – there’ll be no fancy branding, and no trendy food trucks to distract from the provenance and quality of what people are eating, or the skill of the people who cook it.

Plans for this year include more chefs, more bars, and a reusable cup scheme in place on the bar which will limit the amount of ‘single use’.

Find out more here.

5. Abergavenny Food Festival

21st – 22nd September

Set within the rolling hills of Monmouthshire, Wales’ best loved food festival returns on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019, to showcase real food from real farmers and chefs.

Abergavenny Food Festival covers everything from cooking demonstrations, to tasting workshops, cocktail making and foraging excursions –  to knee-slapping live bands, raucous castle parties and over 250 market stall holders selling everything from cheese, meats and chocolates to kombucha, kefir and vinegar. Plus there’s loads of sumptuous street food, kids cookery schools and fun farmyard activities, too.

This is THE festival to eat, drink, learn, laugh, expand your horizons, learn about the big issues facing the food industry, and celebrate everything about great food and drink.

Find out more here.

Which of these delicious dates will you be adding to your calendar? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 

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2 Comments

  1. May 21, 2019 / 6:51 am

    Really looking forward to Bite and Abergavenny Food Festival this year. There are two in this list I wasn’t aware of so will have to plan a wee trip to Pembroke docks now.

    • HungryCityHippy
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      May 21, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      Yeah – Y Gegin sounds like it’s going to be lush 🙂 x

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