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Food and Drink Festival, Fri 20 - Sun 22 Sep 2019

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Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival

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Abergavenny Food Festival 2019 showcases a Welsh food scene going from strength to strength
From its chefs, producers, farmers, and makers, Wales’ food scene is continuing to thrive and flourish in 2019 with some of the industry’s best talent heading to this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival (21st - 22nd September).
Launching a new Welsh Chefs Demo Stage at the festival for 2019 and with more Welsh traders in the markets than ever before, Abergavenny Food Festival CEO Aine Morris underlines the strong connection between produce and the land as a key factor to the continued rise of Welsh food.
Aine says: “We’re very proud to showcase a thriving Welsh food scene at the festival this year allowing visitors at the festival to get involved, ask questions and shake the hand that feeds them. From farmers like Martha Roberts and Muhsen Hassanin, to the incredible products from Mamgu Welshcakes, The Mallow Tailor and Ty Gwyn Cider, and talented chefs such as Tom Watts-Jones and Gareth Ward. There’s a common passion for their craft, as well as a strong sense of the place in which they farm, grow and create food and drink.”
The celebrations begin with the Food Festival Community Feast on Thursday 19th September held at Abergavenny’s iconic Market Hall. With The Angel Bakery cooking up a storm, the feast will celebrate the unveiling of the famous festival decorations created by local artist Bettina Reeves.
The new Welsh Chefs Demo Stage, delivered in collaboration with PGI Welsh Lamb & Beef / Hybu Cig Cymru, will be based in The Festival Farmyard, where wristband holders can watch free demos from a wealth of Welsh culinary talent including chef Hywel Griffith of Beach House in Oxwich on the Gower Peninsular, Tom Watts-Jones from the Michelin-recognised Hare and Hounds in Cowbridge, Tommy Heaney of Cardiff's Heaneys and Uisce, and Matt Waldron of The Stackpole Inn in Pembroke.
Meanwhile, the Cooking over Fire demo area at The Castle will see Sam and Shauna of Hang Fire Southern Kitchen team up with local free-range pig farmer Martha Roberts showcasing the importance of the direct relationship between supplier and chef; and star of BBC’s Dirty Vegan, Matt Pritchard will teach you how to create some ‘proper tasty’ vegan food over fire. There’s also the chance to head out into the local countryside and learn to identify seasonal wild herbs and plants with local forager Liz Knight and Mark Diacono of Otter Farm gathering ingredients to make Wild Cocktails.
The Borough Theatre will host a number of talks over the festival weekend with Farmer Muhsen Hassanin, one of the only halal livestock farmers in Monmouthshire joined by multi-awarding winning author and chef, Anissa Helou and Fozia Ismail – founder of Somali supper-club Arawelo Eats & one of OFM’s 2019 Top 50 to discuss Foods of the Islamic World.
Elsewhere at the festival, Gareth Ward of Ynyshir, recently named the best restaurant in Wales at the National Restaurant Awards, will be cooking on the main Market Hall stage as will Chris Harrod of The Whitebrook; Laurian Veaudour of Cardiff patisserie Cocorico will be taking a masterclass on mouth-watering patisserie and sharing some of his technical know-how; Josh Byrne of The Black Bear Inn in Usk will be joining farmer, butcher and cook, Tom Jones to talk through the complex world of the cow; Cyrus Todiwala will hold a Welsh Shellfish tasting workshop talking through the best that Wales’ waters have to offer, he’ll also join Nick Miller and Sarah Dickins of Black Welsh Lamb and chef Jane Baxter for a masterclass on pasture-fed mutton, and writer Jack Bevan and leading producer Trealy Farm Charcuterie will lead a masterclass in Charcuterie and Vermouth pairing.
Plus there’s Farmyard Matters Talks with the likes of David Herbert of Hermit Crab Eggs - Wales’ most successful egg exhibitor, micro-holder and poultry pundit; pig tales from pig farmers Martha Roberts (The Decent Company) and Helen Joy (Swanbridge Porkers); and the story of a loaf of bread from Powys' Talgarth Mill.
Fringe Festival events are hosted by the Abergavenny community, to showcase the wealth of food activities around the region, which take place long after the festival has closed its doors. As part of the Fringe Festival this year, events include a permaculture feast from Three Pools Permaculture Farm ; coffee cupping event with Coaltown Coffee Roasters; and Chesters Wine Merchants will be pairing South African wines with a traditional Braai provided by Cardiff-based caterers The Tidy Kitchen Co.
As part of the Fringe programme, a very special edition of the History Cooked Food Club, a food history dining club run by chef and food writer Rosie Sykes and food historian Polly Russell will take place in the Art Shop & Chapel in the town on Friday 20th September. They will be collaborating with Franco Taruschio, the former-owner chef of the Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, for a unique opportunity to hear from the man who put this Welsh town on the food map.
Weekend and day wristbands on sale now via www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.
Tickets are sold separately for all events at the Borough Theatre, Masterclasses, Drinks Theatre, Tutored Tastings, Foraging Tours and off-site events and the Cookery School. Check the website for further info.

Wednesday 18th September:
Interactive storytelling with Louby Lou
Abergavenny Library, 10.30am - 11.15am
A morning of Interactive storytelling for the Under 5’s with the well-known and very popular Louby Lou. The theme of the day will be food!

Thursday 19th September:
Yoga Brunch Club
Bean & Bread, 8am - 11am
Bean & Bread welcome you to join their very first Yoga Bootcamp. The morning will start with 60 minutes of yoga with Sarah Jones followed by a 3-course vegan brunch. The event will also include a talk by nutritionist, Kate Cook and Japanese green tea adviser Keiko Nakano on superfoods and a demonstration on how to introduce these into your diet with recipes to take away.
An evening with Cyrus Todiwala
Bridges Centre, Monmouth, 7pm
Last year’s sell-out dinner ‘An Evening with Cyrus Todiwala’ is back for 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous meal cooked by TV chef and personality, Cyrus Todiwala OBE at The Bridge’s Centre, Monmouth. Cyrus will introduce his dishes, ingredients and meet guests at this evening feast, which will include book signings and an auction where you could win a meal for two at Café Spice Namaste and a night at the luxury Ned hotel in London.
Food Festival Community Feast
Market Hall, Abergavenny, 7pm - 10pm
Back by popular demand! Our first feast of the festival weekend is by the community, for the community. Taking place in Abergavenny’s iconic Market Hall, to celebrate the installation of our famous festival decorations, the Angel Bakery Community Feast is our way of saying a great big thank you to the town for putting up with us over the festival weekend. The Angel Bakery will be cooking up a storm of delicious produce, with wine and soft drinks available to purchase in the Market Hall.

Friday 20th September
Hungry Caterpillar
Abergavenny Library, 10.30am - 11.15am
Come and join us for a fun morning of storytelling, rhymes and crafts, based on the well-known book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary. Crafts include the making of caterpillars, followed by fresh fruit tasting. All under 5’s welcome.
Cupping with Coaltown Coffee
Bean & Bread, 6pm - 8pm
A coffee cupping event at Bean and Bread with specialty coffee roasters, Coaltown Coffee. Sample new season coffees and learn about the profiles of each one while listening to a fascinating talk by Coaltown on green coffee, sourcing and roasting.
Music & Wine
Waitrose Abergavenny, 7pm - 9.30pm
How do you find a wine, cheese and piece of music to match? Let Music in Hospitals & Care and Waitrose Wine Experts show you! Lead by a wine expert from Waitrose and accompanied by professional musicians, we are proud to offer guests a selection of fine wine and cheese, complemented by live music to match their country of origin. After the tasting experience, guests will have exclusive access to the store after hours, to enjoy a 30 minute VIP shopping spree, accompanied by a Waitrose expert who will be available to suggest sensational taste combinations and perfect culinary pairings!
History Cooked Food Club
Art Shop & Chapel, 7.30pm
The man who put Abergavenny on the food map: Franco Taruschio, the Walnut Tree and the story of Italians in Wales
Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from the person who put Abergavenny on the food map, to find out about Italian migration to Wales and to eat some wonderful food. History Cooked is a food history dining club run by chef and food writer Rosie Sykes and food historian Polly Russell. Working with Abergavenny’s own chef Kevin Mcfadden, we will recreate dishes from the original 1960s Walnut Tree menus, explore the history of Italian migration to Wales and hear first-hand from Franco about setting up an Italian restaurant in the 1960s and how the food scene in Abergavenny, Wales and the UK transformed in the second half of the twentieth century.

Saturday 21st September:
Rotary Club Young Chef of the Year
Market Hall Stage, 9.45am - 11.45am
Going head to head in this competition are the two hopefuls from the first round of the ‘Rotary Club – Young Chef of the Year competition,’ which will see our winning finalist progress to the UK nationals. Judged by Franco Taruschio and Freddy Bird, our two young finalists will have to cook a three-course meal for two people in one and a half hours, for just £15 and will have to show nutritional benefits and local sourcing for their dishes.
Farmyard - Talks & Events
The Festival Farmyard, Castle Street, 10am - 4.30pm
Get down to our Festival Farmyard for family fun with the likes of Wild Tots Abergavenny, and interactive events with producers and growers in the morning, farmyard matters talks, and our big debate every afternoon.
Abergavenny Baker in the Courtyard
No.1 The Courtyard, Lion Street, 10am - 5pm
Meet Rachael Watson the Abergavenny Baker, winner of the Food Awards Wales 2018 Best Cookery School in Wales. She’ll be offering tasters, chatting about her established “Breads of the World” classes and explaining her new venture “The Physician’s Kitchen” where she will combine her skills as a baker with her knowledge and experience as a GP for people suffering chronic pain.
Drop by The Courtyard, just opposite Morrisons, to meet Rachael over festival weekend.
Ceramic Makers Market
Art Shop & Chapel, 10am - 5pm
Beautifully crafted tableware by outstanding, well established ceramic artists who have something for everyone’s table. An opportunity to shop, and to meet the makers behind the products.
Chocolate Attack
Abergavenny Library, 10.30am - 11.15am
A morning of stories and crafts, all based on the theme of chocolate! A delicious crafty time suitable for children up to age 8.
Plant Based BBQ with BBC TV's Dirty Vegan
Cooking over Fire, The Castle, 10.30am - 11.15am
Join BBC TV's Dirty Vegan, Matt Pritchard as he teaches you how to create some ‘proper tasty’ vegan food over fire. Previously of TV’s Dirty Sanchez, Matt’s flair for entertainment is sure to make this a demo to remember. Come along to watch him cook up delicious seitan kebabs with pink pickles and flamed veg, followed by some really rather moreish Turkish Delight peaches.
Welsh Chefs Demonstration Stage
Farmyard Stage, 10.45am - 3.45pm
Head to our Farmyard Stage on Saturday and Sunday to see superstar chefs from across Wales such as Tom Watts-Jones and Hywel Griffith using the best Welsh produce. With thanks to Hybu Cig Cymru for their support of our Welsh chef demos.
Welsh Shellfish
Portico Lounge, 11am - 12.30pm
Join Cyrus Todiwala, Oceans Ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society and The Shellfish Association of Great Britain as he navigates the waters of Welsh Shellfish. He’ll be talking you through the best that Wales has to offer, talking about seasonality, quality and availability, before cooking up a few simple dishes such as Goan Seafood Palav and Keralan Crab in Coconut to showcase how best to create delicious, seasonal, sustainable seafood based meals. From cockles to crabs, mussels to scallops, this is a session that will leave you reaching for those oysters in no time.
Cheese & Wine Stage - Talk & Tastings
Cheese & Wine Market, 11am - 4pm
At our cheese and wine marketing stock up on all your dairy and grape based favourites, and learn a few top tips from the experts with our timetable of talks and tastings over the weekend.
From the Orchard - Apple Walk
Abergavenny Community Orchard, 11.30am - 1pm
Who doesn’t love apples? Grown, harvested and eaten for centuries, apples play an important role in everyday life and are enjoyed in a huge variety of ways. Author James Rich hails from apple country in Somerset, England, where his family own a cider farm, and during this event he’ll be sharing his love for everything apple. You’ll take a walk around the Abergavenny Community Orchard for a tour, where James will explain the different varieties of fruit and explore what else you can find in the hedgerows surrounding the trees. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to try different apple varieties and understand their different roles from eating and cooking to pressing and cider. You’ll also have a chance to try your hand at preserving apples when you make your own jar of pickled apples to take home.
Hang Fire
Cooking over Fire, The Castle, 12noon - 12.45pm
Festival favourites, Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn of Hang Fire Southern Kitchen in Barry, return to Abergavenny Food Festival to the Cooking over Fire stage. For this special Hang Fire demo, the girls will present their unique, and always enthusiastic, approach to outdoor cooking. This year, they’ll be showcasing the importance of the direct relationship between supplier and chef, showcasing local free-range pig farmer, Martha Roberts, and her incredibly flavoursome Monmouthshire Pork. Expect lots of giggles and delicious nibbles from some of our favourite women in flames.
Love Zimbabwe Kids Parade
Throughout the town, 1pm - 2pm
Pupils, parents and teachers from local schools join Love Zimbabwe Charity at the Food Festival in learning and sharing African songs whilst raising awareness of fair/ethical trade, and global food sustainability issues. The Mayor of Abergavenny will start the march from Castle Street Methodist Church at 13:00, before heading to the Castle, the Angel Hotel and the Lower Brewery Yard stage.
Wild Cocktails
Meet at Castle Street Box Office, 1pm - 2.30pm
Join us on a wild and boozy romp through the local countryside, with two of the UK’s foremost experts on identifying, foraging and imbibing the free bounty that nature has to offer!
You’ll learn to identify seasonal wild herbs and plants with local forager Liz Knight, gathering your own collection, which you will then transform into delicious cocktails under the tutelage of writer, grower and amateur cocktail maestro Mark Diacono of Otter Farm. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable growers and around. With a bit of assistance, you’ll be foraging the bi-ways, knocking out hedgerow slings and herbal gins in no time at all.
Anatomy of a Cow
Portico Lounge, 1pm - 2.30pm
You may know your fillet from your rump, but how much do you really know about beef? We may all love a perfectly cooked ribeye, but do you know why a sirloin tastes like it does? Or how the flavour can vary between different steaks from the same animal. Join chef Josh Byrne from The Black Bear Inn in Usk and farmer, butcher and cook Farmer Tom Jones as he guides you through the complex world of the cow. Starting with an exploration of the different cuts and what the different muscles do on the body, they’ll talk you through the ‘big 4’ (sirloin, rump, fillet, cote de boeuf) before touching on the newest and trendiest steaks, onglet and bavette, explaining through how to cook each to perfection. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste samples from different cuts from the same animal, as well as from different aged ones, allowing you a unique tasting experience that will lead you through the different textures and flavours that can be found within a cow.
Summer’s End
Gallery at Home Llancayo Court Usk, 1pm - 4pm
An opportunity to see ‘Summers End’ a beautiful artwork by Toril Brancher. This gallery visit will give you the opportunity to sample locally produced Pure Apple Juice from Port Kemys Farm, eat locally baked Pastel de Nata and sample a selection of delicious wines.
Patisserie with Cocorico Patisserie's Laurian Veaudour
St Mary’s Priory Centre, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Do you know your choux from your shortcrust, your ganache from your praline? What better way to start your Sunday than with a sugar hit to get you going in the form of a lesson in patisserie.
Pastry chef, Laurian Veaudour, is owner of Cocorico Patisserie in Cardiff. He is passionate about creating delicious French delicacies whilst focusing on using quality ingredients. Laurian will talk through a range of different patisseries; their recipe, the technique involved, and most importantly, provide you with a sample of each. On the menu, expect to see grapefruit and gin meringue pie, raspberry tart chiboust, succes praline, chocolate and caramel tart and more!
Wild Cooking
Meet at Castle Street Box Office, 1.30pm - 3pm
Fancy livening up your everyday dining with some cooking over fire, but not sure where to start?
Join food writer and fire enthusiast Genevieve Taylor, and ‘The Cauldron’ chef, Henry Eldon as they teach you some essential skills to get your fire started. You’ll head to a secret festival site where you will learn how to build and tend your fire, how to get a balanced and consistent heat (never again serve charred/raw chicken thighs at the family bbq!) and run through some cooking over fire basics. You’ll then roll up your sleeves and help in the preparation of some delicious outdoor dishes including Ox heart and butter been stew with Polenta dumplings.
Abraiigavenny 2019
Chesters Wine Merchants, 2pm - 5pm
Groete! Chesters Wine Merchants is proud to present the first South African Wine tasting event in town! Join the Chesters team, and a handful of our favourite Winemakers to taste through the fantastic wines on offer. With a traditional Braai provided by the guys at The Tidy Kitchen Co.
Chris Harrod of The Whitebrook
Market Hall Stage, 2pm - 2.45pm
Join Chris Harrod, last years’ BBC Great British Menu winner and chef-owner of Monmouthshire’s Michelin-starred The Whitebrook as he brings his signature ultra-local and seasonal food to our chef-demo stage.Passionate about showcasing the best produce the region has to offer, Chris’s food responds to what is available week to week in the surrounding area and his demo will showcase some of the amazing wild and foraged ingredients that the locale has to offer, all cooked into a few mouth-watering dishes.
The rise of #MeToo in the Kitchen
The Dome, The Castle, 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Join us as some of the UK’s leading female voices in food, include Sam & Shauna from Hang Fire, discuss the global rise of the #MeToo movement, and what it means for hospitality businesses, their kitchens and their staff. From global superstar chefs being toppled from the top jobs, to those creating female-led kitchens, we explore the policy, practice and progress that is making the food and farming sectors a better place for all those who work within them.
Food Blogging Masterclass
The Angel, 2.30pm - 4pm
Do you love food and want to turn that passion into a job? Can you write but not sure how to create a successful blog? Join award-winning Cardiff food bloggers Ed Gilbert from Gourmet Gorro and Jane Cook from HungryCityHippy as they share their experiences and insights on food blogging. The session will cover how to get started, finding your niche, and how to build an audience. You’ll also learn how to navigate issues of ethics and transparency, and the pros and cons of turning a food blogging hobby into a full-time career, and there’ll be plenty of time to ask your burning questions.
The Diet That Could Save the World
Borough Theatre, 3pm - 4pm
This event is organised by Abergavenny Just Food. Our diets inextricably link health and environmental sustainability, and have the potential to nurture both. However, current diets are pushing the earth beyond its planetary boundaries, while causing ill health. This puts both people and the planet at risk. Professor Tim Lang’s talk will focus on the immediate challenge of providing healthy diets from sustainable food systems as the global population continues to grow. Transforming eating habits, improving food production, and reducing food waste will all be needed. The diet that could save the world is a healthy diet that consists primarily of whole grains, protein sources mainly from plants with reduced amounts of animal-based foods, refined grains, highly processed foods, and added sugars, and with unsaturated rather than saturated fats.
Thai inspired Welsh Pork with Ali Borer from Smoking Goat
Cooking over Fire, The Castle, 3pm - 3.45pm
How do you combine local produce with Asian flavours? Join chef Ali Borer from Smoking Goat as he explores how to fuse the best British ingredients with Thai and Malaysian influences to create gutsy and spicy dishes that will leave your taste-buds tingling. He’ll talk you through how Smoking Goat have forged relationships with producers across the UK, including a farmer growing Thai ingredients and herbs in Dorset, as he demonstrates a delicious Pork Nahm Dtok salad, teaches you how to prep and cook pork offal, before finishing with him showing you how to cook a collar chop over fire.
Tom Watts-Jones of The Hare & Hounds
Market Hall Stage, 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Join Tom Watts-Jones of The Hare & Hounds as he creates a delicious meal using lamb sweetbreads on our final Market Hall demonstration of the weekend.
Wild & Seasonal with Native
Meet at Castle Street Box Office, 3.30pm - 5pm
Join foraged and seasonal food experts Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis from the London restaurant Native as they take you on a Wild & Seasonal adventure around Abergavenny.
They’ll guide you on a walk around the local area where you’ll gather a variety of foraged leaves and plants, learning to identify some commonly found wild plants, before returning to the wild cooking area where you’ll get to lend a hand in creating a foraged feast together around a fire.
Expect to be crafting a hogweed and miso butter, cooking up some delicious venison with a wild salsa verde before finishing off with a Sweet Flag Posset. You’ll get to enjoy refreshments along the way, and learn those really useful identification skills to remember when out foraging in future!
Pasture-fed mutton with Black Welsh Lamb
St Mary’s Priory Centre, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
This year we will be drawing on the wide experience and expertise of chef Jane Baxter, and Cyrus Todiwala, chef and an Advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales’ Mutton Renaissance, to discover more about how the breed of a sheep, its upbringing and diet all affect the flavour; giving chefs different options to play with. While we are used to words like blackberries, crisp, leather, tobacco to describe wine, there are few words to describe the different flavours from purely pasture fed sheep that have grazed on different soils. In this highly interactive session guests will be invited to taste different examples of mutton that has only eaten organic pasture and help develop a new set of words to describe the taste. Sarah and Nick of Black Welsh Lamb have been farming organically for around 20 years and have a flock of pedigree Black Welsh Mountain sheep. Their lamb, hogget and mutton is sold directly to families and also to restaurants across the UK.
Foods of the Islamic World
Borough Theatre, 5pm - 6pm
Never has it been more necessary for us to deepen our understanding of cultures from around the world. The opportunity to explore the sights, sounds and food of places that are different to our own is essential to building cross-cultural communities. There is power in the breaking of bread. That’s why we are delighted to be hosting this important discussion on Foods of the Islamic World.
Multi-awarding winning author and chef, Anissa Helou, will be joined by Fozia Ismail – founder of Somali supper-club Arawelo Eats & one of OFM’s 2019 Top 50 – and Farmer Muhsen Hassanin, one of the only halal livestock farmers in Monmouthshire.

Three Pools: A Permaculture Feast
Three Pools, Llanvetherine, 6pm - 10pm
At Three Pools, they are creating a food revolution. They want to see a more diverse, edible landscape; one which produces highly nutritious and profoundly tasty food, and one that regenerates the environment in which it is grown. For this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival fringe event they’ll be inviting guests to their permaculture farm. The evening will consist of a farm tour followed by a specially crafted taster menu. They’ll be showcasing what they grow and raise on the farm, as well as proudly offering examples of other local produce.

Sunday 22nd September:
Ceramic Makers Market
Art Shop & Chapel, 10am - 5pm
Beautifully crafted tableware by outstanding, well established ceramic artists who have something for everyone’s table. An opportunity to shop, and to meet the makers behind the products.
Abergavenny Baker in the Courtyard
No.1 The Courtyard, Lion Street, 10am - 5pm
Meet Rachael Watson the Abergavenny Baker, winner of the Food Awards Wales 2018 Best Cookery School in Wales. She’ll be offering tasters, chatting about her established “Breads of the World” classes and explaining her new venture “The Physician’s Kitchen” where she will combine her skills as a baker with her knowledge and experience as a GP for people suffering chronic pain.
Drop by The Courtyard, just opposite Morrisons, to meet Rachael over festival weekend.
Farmyard - Talks & Events
The Festival Farmyard, Castle Street, 10am - 4.30pm
Get down to our Festival Farmyard for family fun - have a go at making butter and find out what it’s really like to live and work with pigs, interactive events with producers and growers in the morning, farmyard matters talks, and our big debate every afternoon.
Meet the Farmer
10.30am - 1.30pm
Lia’s Kitchen is an ethical food venture who create a series of ‘Meet the Farmer’ events to connect people with their food. For this event they will take you to a local farm and family orchard run by Sian and Mike Lewis to pick and taste their surplus apples from the farm’s small orchard that is host to at least five local heritage apple varieties some edible and some pollinators. Sian and Mike will share their story and talk about the trees planted by past generations of the family. Lia’s Kitchen will then host a small group apple cooking activity and you will be able to take away a small quantity of apples and the delicious dishes that you prepare. The ticket includes the visit to the farm, transport to and from the meeting point, a light lunch and hot drinks. The activity will take place in a covered area in the event of bad weather.
Welsh Chefs Demonstration Stage
Farmyard Stage, 10.45am - 3.45pm
Head to our Farmyard Stage on Saturday and Sunday to see superstar chefs from across Wales such as Tom Watts-Jones and Hywel Griffith using the best Welsh produce. With thanks to Hybu Cig Cymru for their support of our Welsh chef demos.
Tommy Heaney of Heaneys
Market Hall Stage, 11am - 11.45am
Chef Tommy Heaney from Heaneys will be taking inspiration from the sea with his demo exploring the best seasonal fish and seafood from the surrounding region. He’ll be demoing how to cook BBQ flat fish with cockles and pepper dulce tartare, along with a delicious Sea trout tartar, apple, gin and nasturtium dish.
Cheese & Wine Stage - Talk & Tastings
Cheese & Wine Market, 11am - 4pm
At our cheese and wine marketing stock up on all your dairy and grape based favourites, and learn a few top tips from the experts with our timetable of talks and tastings over the weekend.
Everything But the Oink
St Mary’s Priory Centre, 12.30pm - 2pm
When you think of pork, do you automatically reach for the chops and bacon? What about the rest of the pig? Do you delight in the offaly bits or hate the idea of eating trotters? If we are going to eat less but better quality meat, then learning how to consume the whole animal is essential to sustainable eating. Join free-range local pig farmer, Martha Roberts, and writer and broadcaster Tim Hayward as they take you on a nose-to-tail journey into the lesser known cuts of this versatile animal, which offers up literally every part but the oink for possible human consumption. Our two experts will show you how easy it is to turn the humble and out-of-fashion pork leg into a delicious ham, show you several delicious recipes to cook up with kidneys, offer some innovative ideas on what to do with the more obscure parts of the pig, and delve into the world of good fats.
Gareth Ward of Ynyshir
Market Hall Stage, 2pm - 2.45pm
Gareth Ward – Chef Owner of Ynyshir and Good Food Guide Chef of the Year 2019 – will cook one of his new dishes Black Cod that features on the 20-course tasting menu at the Michelin star restaurant. The dish showcases Gareth’s philosophy of combining the best seasonal ingredients with influences from Japanese cuisine and ingredients like miso, dashi, mirin and soy which enable him to get as much flavour as possible out of the other ingredients while keeping the dishes light.
Maple from Canada with Hang Fire & Special Guests
Cooking over Fire, The Castle, 2.45pm - 3.30pm
This is a demo not to be missed and is the grand finale of our Cooking over Fire demo area; we have no less than 5 of the UK’s culinary super-stars getting together to produce a stunning feast showcasing an under-used store cupboard staple … maple syrup. From savoury to sweet, our group of fearless fire starters will be using Canadian ‘liquid gold’ in creative and unexpected ways, and discussing the virtues of this democratic, sustainable and ecologically friendly ingredient. Joining hosts Sam & Shauna of Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, will be James Golding, Chef Director at a major UK hotel group and member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ sustainability committee, Georgina Hayden, author of two best-selling cookbooks, food writer and former food stylist to Jamie Oliver, and Great British Bake Off finalist and founder of ‘Manon’s Little Kitchen’, Manon Lagrève.
Charcuterie & Vermouth
St Mary’s Priory Centre, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Join local charcuterie producer James Swift from Trealy Farm Charcuterie, and drinks maker and author Jack Adair Bevan for a pairing masterclass that explores the perfectly balanced combination of vermouth and cured meats. Jack and James will guide you through the history, processes and flavours of the different charcuterie and drinks, expanding your knowledge beyond simple salami and martini, before bringing together some combinations that create those light bulb moments of flavour as the complex aromatics bring through the deep flavours of the charcuterie. Expect to experience the warming spices of Padro red vermouth meeting the acidity of cured venison or the spice of chorizo, to the flavour high five of Noilly Prat alongside some air dried Coppa. There’ll be plenty of delicious samples and you’ll leave armed with knowledge about vermouth, the drinks you can use it in, and how best to pair it with a range of delicious cured meats in a way that will bring out flavours you didn’t expect.
Croesyria: Traditional Syrian Food
Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7pm
For the 3rd year running, Abergavenny Town of Sanctuary is offering you the opportunity to sample home-made Syrian food. Following the success of last year’s ‘Street Food from Syria’, and the previous year’s ‘Syrian Supper’, this year’s offerings are more traditional dishes such as kibbeh and fattoush. Vegetarian and meat options will be available. The evening will be rounded off with an opportunity to learn some traditional Syrian dance moves!
Wristband and ticket info
From the chef demos across the Market Hall and Welsh chefs stages, family activities, Producer Markets and the night market with live entertainment until late, there is plenty to do and see free with a festival wristband. Access to the Farmyard and Castle area is also included where visitors can find talks in The Dome and the Cooking over Fire stage.
Everything to do with kids is free: free entry for under 16’s, plus free cookery classes and activities on our family lawn. Please check the website for more details.
Wristbands will be on sale online until midnight on Friday 20th September. After that you can buy wristbands and any remaining event tickets from our box offices over the festival weekend.
As always visitors can expect to find around 220 food and drink producers trading across nine market sites including: Cheese and Wine, Fish & Fizz, Street Food and night market, and a special area for New Food Producers. Traders will include Trealy Farm Charcuterie, Halen Mon, Borough Market’s Heritage Cheese, and many, many more.
Don't forget to look out for the Welsh dragon sign on stalls in the Markets selling produce from and made in Wales.
Those with an NP7 postcode will receive 20% off the cost of their wristband available online now using the code LOCAL. To qualify for the local discount, proof of address must be shown when online purchases are exchanged for wristbands during the festival.
There is a 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more. Please go to www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com for more details.
Abergavenny Food Festival is excited to welcome returning sponsors: Triodos Bank, Griffith Construction, Chase Distillery, Belazu, Riverford Organic, Real Kombucha, Seedlip, Heritage Cheese, Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar, Kadai Firebowls, Pipers Farm, Cooks School and Rougemont Independent School, plus new sponsors Aecorn Aperitifs Unearthed and Maple From Canada.
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Photography
High res photos of those announced for the 2019 festival are available to download here. Credits are in the image file names.
Photography highlights from the 2018 festival are available to download here. Please credit Neil White.
For all Welsh media enquiries please email: jane@abergavennyfoodfestival.com
For all other press enquiries and interviews with any of those appearing at the event please contact:
Caroline Peel
07771 957225
caroline@abergavennyfoodfestival.com
Notes to editors
Since its inception, the Abergavenny Food Festival has grown its audience from 3,000 visitors to become the largest food festival in Wales with 37,000 attendees last year, showcasing the very best food and drink from Wales and across the world. Generating an estimated £4 million impact for the local economy, we are committed to supporting our local community, employ over 120 young people over Festival weekend and support catering students to gain work experience in our kitchens.
Abergavenny Food Festival was created in 1999 by two local farmers in response to the BSE crisis and the resulting lack of consumer confidence in British produce. With the outbreak of Foot and Mouth in 2001, difficulties worsened and pushed the Festival forward in terms of showcasing the wonderful food we have to offer locally, and the passion of the people who produce it.
Abergavenny Food Festival enjoys a reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. We are known for being an inclusive and welcoming event, delivering a delicious opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore and learn about food.
Through our programme of activities, including product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates, we provide the inside track on food issues, offer new ideas about the future of our food and showcase rising stars emerging from the industry.
The Festival aims to transform the way people think about food; challenging and promoting new ideas, pushing the boundaries of current thinking and encouraging people to look differently at where their food comes from.
Over the years, the festival has attracted top food heavyweights such as: Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, Monica Galetti, Jane Baxter, José Pizarro and Valentine Warner, to name but a few.
We cherish our history and remain committed to offering a genuine market experience in the rural setting of our beautiful market town.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 10:00 to 18:00

Prices

Weekend and day wristbands on sale now via www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.
From the chef demos across the Market Hall and Welsh chefs stages, family activities, Producer Markets and the night market with live entertainment until late, there is plenty to do and see free with a festival wristband. Access to the Farmyard and Castle area is also included where visitors can find talks in The Dome and the Cooking Over Fire stage. Everything to do with kids is free: free entry for under 16’s, plus free cookery classes and activities on our family lawn. Please check the website for more details.
As always visitors can expect to find around 220 food and drink producers trading across nine market sites including: Cheese and Wine, Fish & Fizz, Street Food and night market, and a special area for New Food Producers. Traders will include Trealy Farm Charcuterie, Halen Mon, Borough Market’s Heritage Cheese, and many, many more.
Tickets are sold separately for all events at the Borough Theatre, Masterclasses, Drinks Theatre, Tutored Tastings, Foraging Tours and off-site events and the Cookery School. Check the website for further info.
Those with an NP7 postcode will receive 20% off the cost of their wristband available online now using the code LOCAL. To qualify for the local discount, proof of address must be shown when online purchases are exchanged for wristbands during the festival.
There is a 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more. Please go to www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com for more details.

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SO 298145  Lat: 51.81755 Long: -3.01370

Public Transport Information service: www.traveline.cymru or download Traveline Cymru app

By Train: Abergavenny Train Station offer cycle storage for 5 cycles and a taxi rank is located outside the station.

By Bus: Coach and Bus station postcode NP7 5HP

By Car: Abergavenny is located at the junction of 3 major highways:

A40 from Brecon, Camarthen, Llandrindod Wells and Mid-Wales
A465 from Hereford, Worcester and the North
A40 from Monmouth, Ross on Wye, M50 Jct 4 and the East
A4042 from Pontypool, Cwmbran, Newport, M4 Jcts 25a & 26 and South Wales
A465 from Ebbw Vale, Tredegar, Merthyr Tydfil and West Wales

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Abergavenny station