Brecon Beacons Food Festival – get ready for an autumn harvest spectacular!

Seasonal produce, cooking demonstrations, recipe ideas plus FREE admission – all make the perfect ingredients for the 17th annual Brecon Beacons Food Festival being held on Saturday 4th October from 10am – 5pm.

With local producers, growers, award winning chefs and food retailers firmly at its heart, it is now widely regarded as the darling little sister to the now world famous Abergavenny Food Festival offering the most outstanding Welsh produce to be found in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Morning Rush Hour at Brecon Food Festival
Held in the Brecon Market Hall and surrounding streets, Saturday 4th October is expected to draw in huge crowds of people eager to taste the local delights all produced and farmed in the landscape of Brecon Beacons National Park. In fact, we can pretty much guarantee that the produce has travelled less distance than the visitors who come to enjoy them.

A feast of delights will be on offer from 70 exhibitors including 19 newcomers eager to market their game, venison, Salt Marsh Lamb, bread, pancakes, pasta, curries, chocolate, jams, honey, fish, home grown vegetables, cider, beer, spirits and much much more. You can even get in early and start thinking about what to cook for Christmas dinner!

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There will also be a host of live cooking demonstrations from local celebrity chefs nerys Howells, Tony Price (The Coach House Hotel), Colin Grey, Steven Williams (Buckland Hall) and Karl Cheetham (Gliffaes Hotel), not to mention the battle to become overall winner of out of BBC’s Derek Brockway and Sue Charles. Back again this year, is the local school competition for Young Chef of the Year (open for under 10s) – sponsored by St Nicholas House, Christ College. There will also be lots of singing and local entertainment throughout the day with performances from Welsh Opera Eisteddfod Star and Winner Jennifer Parry, Builth Ladies Choir and Aberhonddu Male Choir.

As well as funding support from the Welsh Government and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the Food Festival has also been kindly supported by Christ College, who is sponsoring the Young Chef of the Year competition, The Brecon & Radnor Express, National Farmers Mutual, Castell Howell Foods, Celtic Pride, Brecon Carreg, The Felinfach Griffin which is part of the Eat Drink Sleep Group and

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Double Awards for Llangoed Hall!

It’s been quite a month for Llangoed Hall – they were voted ‘best country hotel’ by The Sunday Times and their restaurant has just been upgraded to three AA rosettes! 

The Sunday Times said: 

“Am I walking on air?” You can’t help but wonder as you glide along the corridors of this gorgeous 17th-century country house near Llyswen. But it’s just the double underlay beneath the carpets. Exquisite service and attention to detail combine to leave you giddy with luxury. There’s the bespoke gold-leaf china on which they serve tea in front of the fire; the choice of breakfast eggs laid by the hotel’s chickens, ducks and quails; the stellar art collection (insuring the Whistlers alone costs thousands every year). William Hague and the Prince of Wales are regulars. Next time you’re in the Wye Valley, you should join them.” 

Doubles from £170, B&B, llangoedhall.co.uk

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They’ve already been awarded AA Hotel of the Year for Wales 2014 and now their restaurant has three AA rosettes, owner Mr Milne said:

“The AA’s three rosettes award is marvellous news and thoroughly deserved by head chef Nick Brodie, his team and all the staff here at Llangoed Hall. This award was last achieved by Llangoed hall in 1992.”

To celebrate this super successful September, Llangoed Hall have introduced a daily four course lunch menu for just £35!  

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Exhibition to Celebrate Dylan Thomas at The Hours

In an exhibition called ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’, the work of twelve artists responding to the poems of Dylan Thomas will be shown at The Hours for two months starting from this Saturday 4th October…

The Hours Cafe & Bookshop in Brecon are ardent supporters of the arts in all their forms. As one of only 1000 independent bookshops remaining in the UK, they are also champions of reading; literature and poetry. The centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth will be celebrated across Wales and the world in ways big and small. The wonky green building on Ship Street that houses this bookish and culinary enterprise is no exception.

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For two months this autumn the upstairs gallery in this Grade II listed building will host ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’. At the invitation of the owners, twelve artists responded to a Dylan Thomas poem with a painting. Leigh, who is a huge Dylan Thomas fan confesses this was no mean feat:

‘Selecting twelve poems from Dylan’s vast and beautiful body of work was every bit as hard as I thought it would be. We hope that is just what people will do, come along and enjoy the art then be inspired to away and seek out his writing and keep reading. He is Wales’ Shakespeare and he should be celebrated, admired and cherished.  He should also most certainly be on every school curriculum! Dylan 100 is about creating a legacy for Dylan’s work and we hope that here in Brecon we are playing our own small part in that’.

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New Michelin Stars for our Culinary Wonders!

The Felin Fach Griffin has retained its Michelin Star’s ‘Bib Gourmand’ in the ‘good food at moderate price’ category for the third year running!

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A huge congratulations to lovely pub who are experts in hearty local food in a traditional Welsh setting.

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The Walnut Tree ©

This is the third year it has retained its Bib Gourmand, recognition of its strategy to keep its prices at sensible levels in an ever more challenging market, with a set lunch menu at £17.50 for 2 courses and £21.00 for three courses.

It remains the only pub or restaurant in the whole of Wales to be given a Bib Gourmand against 154 in the rest of the UK and Ireland.

Edmund Inkin, Joint Owner of The Felin Fach Griffin, noted “It is terrific news that another two restaurants in Wales have been given stars in the new guide, showing that we can do things well at the top end. “

The Walnut Tree Inn have also retained their Michelin Star for ‘very good cooking in its category’, having held onto it since 2008!

A big well done done to them once again as they reign the long withstanding favourite for those looking for real high end cuisine in the area.

For more on places to eat in the national park , read here.

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Adele Nozedar and Great British Sweets at The Hours

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Adele Nozedar is at it again with her latest book, Great British Sweets and How to Make Them at Home being launched at an upcoming event at The Hours!

The Hours Cafe & Bookshop in Brecon will be hosting Adele Nozedar this Friday, 26th of September, at 7:30pm for a sweet introduction to her latest book.

Some of you might know Adele from her previous book, The Hedgerow Handbook, which is about the most common wild plants and what they do. 

A book all about sweets would seem like a far cry from leaves and weeds, but Adele disagrees saying that you can “Take many of our traditional herbal remedies and add sugar, and you turn medicine into confectionery! Think of mint, chocolate, liquorice…get the picture?”

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Travelling around the country with her best friend saw the pair tasting all of the best family run confectionary makers wares at their factories and stores. Some of the equipment used to produce these sweets were getting close to 200 years old!

After doing all of the field work, Adele tested out the recipes for the best sweets in the kitchen of the finest country house in the Brecon Beacons, The Gliffaes Country House. 

In her book you will get to explore the folklore that surrounds your favourite confectionary from receiving the death penalty for possession of liquorice to jelly babies originally bing called unclaimed babies!

There’s even an expose on the local company Brays Sweets in Newport supplying the former Soviet union with fart flavoured sweets!

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If becoming a master confectioner suits your taste, don’t miss this event at The Hours. Stop by for a coffee and some sweets while enjoying the latest works of Adele Nozedar.

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Awesome autumn in the Brecon Beacons!

Autumn has arrived in the Brecon Beacons with leaves starting to turn brown and a chill in the air. Summer is definitely over, but there are a lot of exciting autumn activities coming up!
 
Just because summer has left us for another year does not mean there isn’t a lot of exciting adventures to be had. With campfire cookouts and helping hedgehogs, there’s a lot on offer for the whole family in The Brecon Beacons National Park!

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Wye Valley Canoes and bunkhouse ©

NEW SLIDE at The Wye Valley Canoe Centre at Glasbury. The bunkhouse which recently opened has now installed a large tubular slide for a sharp exit from the huge sofas down to the ground floor. The posh bunkhouse in the converted Baptist Chapel
in Glasbury next door to the River Cafe and Wye Valley Canoes and is a great venue for large family groups or groups of friends. From £38pp per night

The Lion Street Gallery in Hay-on-Wye have a wonderful Autumn Exhibition on with twenty contemporary artist and sculptors, mostly of whom work in Wales, exhibiting a wide variety of work. This includes a stag made from teak driftwood through to stunning expressionist landscapes and much more. Open Mon – Sat 10.30 – 5.00, art loving dogs very much welcome.

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Roaring Stag, teak driftwood by the sculptor A.G.

Sheep Trekking, Brecon Beacons
Each sheep is fitted with a specially designed harness to carry your snack, and a soft rope halter, and you will choose your own sheep from a small flock of especially trained Jacobs. He will then lead you along a scenic trek that takes you towards the Black Mountain with scenic views towards Pen y Fan. £25-£35 28th September

Spoon Carving and Campfire Cookout, Brecon Beacons 
Set in picturesque private woodland you can learn all about the trees and timber before carving your very own unique spoon. You will help build the campfire which will be cooking your lunch and then eaten with your freshly carved spoon. £75

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Hedgehog Helper Morning, Brecon Beacons

Spend a relaxing morning looking after adorable little hedgehogs with the Good Day Out. You will get to fee, exercise and bathe little orphaned hoglets who rely on your support to survie! £20.00 – 9th & 20th September, 4th & 14th October
 
Brecon Beacons Food Festival, Brecon Beacons
Saturday the 4th of October brings you over 70 food and drink exhibitors for another successful festival. All of the foodies in the area will be flocking to this event from 10am to 5pm to test our all of the local delights and delicacies on offer. FREE

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Foraging for Food – A Hedgerow hunt with Good Day Out, Brecon Beacons
Walk on the wild side with local author Adele Nozedar, author of ‘The Hedgerow Handbook’. Explore the meadows, woodland and banks surrounding the river Usk, identifying and foraging for wild and garden plants which are traditionally used for food and medicines. 
£15.00 5th October
 
Dark Skies Evening, Brecon Beacons
On the 25th of October you could see yourself standing in one of the world’s few Dark Sky areas situated in the Brecon Beacons. There are only a limited number of spaces to spend the evening star gazing with local astronomer Allan Trow. £55

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Arts and Crafts Fayre, Brecon Beacons
From the 25th of October to the 2nd of November you can browse a wide selection of arts and crafts and The Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre. Each piece is made locally and are hand-made pieces of treasure. FREE
 
Sunday School House, Brecon Beacons
This beautifully restored, unique Sunday School is set in the tiny hamlet of Tralanglas and only two miles from Trecastle. The house has been recently renovated to include all of the necessities for a relaxing holiday with family and friends. Book now for autumn, weeks from £287.

Take a look at the Brecon Beacons website for more autumn events and activities!

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Llandovery Sheep Festival!

The 5th annual Llandovery Sheep Festival is set to be another huge weekend this year with the community coming together to bring you activities, events, talks and music in support of the Love Llandovery campaign that started in 2010. 

The old Drovers’ market town still boasts a thriving livestock mart, which sees a lot of people heading to the town regularly and even more so during the festival!

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The Llandovery Sheep Festival is an initiative that was originally developed by Llandovery & District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Collabor8 project.

This Saturday (26th) & Sunday (27th) there’ll be activities for the kids, live performers, demonstrations, masterclasses, food (of course) as well as races and competitions for everyone to enjoy! Get ready for a long weekend the festival in on from 10am till dusk.

There are two permanent venues at Market Square and Castle Field as well as other exciting events at locations around Llandovery.

Here’s a quick break down of some exciting events for the weekend!

The Festival

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Saturday 26th of September

Market Square

11am – Sheep shearing demonstration

3pm – Street theatre performance and procession to theatre with carnival dragons, Martyn Geraint and Fiddlebox

Castle Field

10:30 am – Baby Dragons Walkabout

12pm – The Blue Bell and Greyhound Bar opens!

Other

1:30pm – Cooking Masterclass at the Bowling Pavilion with Jules James from Black Mountains Gold

2:45pm – Dr Grimoire’s Spooky Tour, Dastardly Discoveries, is a weird and horrible history of Llandovery. Meet at Llandovery Tourist Information Centre!

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Sunday 27th of September

Market Square

11:30am – Children’s costume parade

4:45pm – Fiddlebox will be playing a last set of smooth tunes

Castle Field

11:45am – Wool Sack Race! Teams need to report to Race Control

2pm – Dragons of Alchemy Procession

Other

10:30am – UK National rare coloured breeds auction at the Mart

2pm – Llandovery Youth Theatre performing the famous pastoral scene; the sheep shearing celebration from ‘A Winter’s Tale’ at the Llandovery Theatre

For a full roster of what’s happening this weekend make sure you visit the festival website!

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Where to eat

West End Cafe
A family run authentic Welsh cafe located on the main street of Llandovery!

The Castle Hotel
The recently renovated The Castle Hotel is a small family run business ready to serve you up some traditional food!

With a full weekend of activities ahead, take a look at the website for all of the accommodation options in the Llandovery area for this year’s festival!

Make sure your in LLandovery this weekend for what is sure to be a baarilliant weekend of sheep!

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