Brecon Food Festival

Mouth-watering local produce, cooking demonstrations, recipe ideas plus FREE admission – all make the perfect ingredients for the 18th annual Brecon Beacons Food Festival this Saturday 3rd October in the Brecon Market Hall from 10am – 5pm.  

 With Welsh producers, growers, award winning chefs and local food suppliers firmly at its heart, festival goers will be presented with the very best Welsh produce to be found in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  

Taking place in the Brecon Market Hall and surrounding streets, Saturday 3rd October is expected to draw in the crowds eager to sample the delicacies produced and farmed in the landscape of Brecon Beacons National Park. In fact the produce has usually travelled less distance than the visitors who come to enjoy the event.  

  A feast of delights will be on offer from 70 exhibitors including 12 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 more.  

Pick up some top tips from the professionals at a host of live cooking demonstrations: 

Demo times as follows:

Battle of the chefs:

11.00 Colin Gray v Mike Jones 

12.00 Karl Cheetham v Anthony Christopher

1.00 Shaun Bailey v Anthony Price 

2.00 Battle of the weatherpeople: Derek Brockway and Sue Charles

3.00 Demo Gary Wheeler 

3.45 Schools competition  

Award-winning local chefs include: Gary Wheeler (Foyles of Glasbury), Anthony Christopher (Pen y Cae Inn) Tony Price (The Coach House Hotel), Colin Grey (Barons Patisserie Cardiff), Karl Cheetham (Gliffaes Hotel), Shaun Bailey (Head of Hospitality at Newton College) and Nerys Howells not to mention the battle of the Weatherpeople: 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 The Felinfach Griffin. There will also be singing and entertainment throughout the day with performances from Welsh Opera Eisteddfod Star and winner Jennifer Parry and the Aberhonddu Male Choir.

With loads of places to sit and enjoy the demonstrations and listen to the various choirs surrounded by lots of delicious food and drink, Brecon Beacons Food Festival is the perfect day out for everyone – from those who are passionate about their food to the happy taste tester, families and day trippers.  

 “This year we match previous years with 70 Welsh food and drink producers booked to attend. The growth over the last 18 years provides a strong indication of the success the Brecon Beacons Food Festival brings to the exhibitors who take part. To organise and be a part of the Brecon Beacons Food Festival is a wonderful experience and I’d like to thank all the stall holders, farmers and local suppliers who have loyally supported this food festival and put such an incredible amount of effort into how they produce their food. The atmosphere, the smell of home cooking and inevitably seeing so many happy families stocking up their shopping bags with local food is nothing short of amazing.” says Food Festival organiser and Catering Manager for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Andrew Powell. 


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National Botanic Garden of Wales to host a fabulous Food Fair this weekend

There’s a fabulous Food Fair this weekend (September 19-20) at the National Botanic Garden of Wales with the Garden’s home-produced meat taking pride of place on the menu of mouth-watering offers.

Meat is on the menu at Garden’s Food Fair

There will be Welsh Black beef, fresh lamb and mutton for sale from the Botanic Garden stall, all of which has been reared on the species rich pastures of Waun Las National Nature Reserve.

The food fair takes place in the stunning surrounds of Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse – so shopping in the dry is guaranteed!

Other tasty treats to look out for include: the vegetarian delights of Contempo Catering; handmade artisan bread from Swansea’s Little Valley Bakery; luxury milkshakes from Mountain View Ice Cream; Preseli Coffee; Morgan’s Brew Tea; preserves, chutneys and marmalades by Sarah Cooks, of Whitland; chocolate delights from Coco Bean; cider and surprises from Toloja Orchards; and more delicious meat from the rare breed goats and old spot pigs down on Rhosyn Farm. And there’s more . . .


The Botanic Garden’s farmer, Huw Jones said: “We’re really looking forward to showcasing the Garden-reared produce and we will have the barbecue going so that our visitors can try our burgers and sausages as well as buy a Sunday roast, some steaks, mutton chops, mince . . . whatever, they want, really.”

The Botanic Garden’s formally-planted visitor attraction is just a small part of its 220 hectare site; by far the largest area is the working farm, which includes the national nature reserve.

The Garden is open every day from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.


Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five. Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.

For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email or go to

• Interested in buying beef, lamb and mutton reared on the species rich pastures of our national nature reserve? We’ve launched a new meat box scheme. If you want Botanic Garden meat info, just email and you will be the first to hear.

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September Events

Events in the Brecon Beacons in September.

You may be arranging a trip to the Brecon Beacons this September, there is plenty of fun things to see during your stay with us, here are a few upcoming events this month.  For the full event listing go our our website.

  • thumb_6453__auto_888a33250dc28a4a61be7be79320469aThe beer lovers paradise!  Take a tour of award-winning Welsh brewery Brecon Brewing whose Three Beacons was judged to be the Best pint of Bitter in Wales (WAles Festival 2014), followed by a mini-bus tour of three local real ale pubs boasting a rich selection of craft beers, accompanied by chief brewer Buster Grant.
    The tour will include explanation of the brewing process, ingredients and tastings of the beers on hand at the time.  Then you will be transported to a characterful pub for a tasty lunch (with a pint if you’d like), followed by two other visits to public houses before being returned to Brecon by late afternoon.
    Prebooking is required.  Price is £45 ppn (includes lunch & transport)
    To book, please visit or call 01874 749092
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Ffestiva! – the festival celebrating world music and dance created and performed by artists in Wales – is back! This year it takes place over ‘a month of Sundays’ through September, with performances around the National Botanic Garden of Wales, all starting at 12 noon.

Come and celebrate the Prom!

FREE Community Festival Fun for all the family.

4C Alive and Kickin’ Community Choir Westender’s “Singing Nuns” Dylan and Gwyn Belly Dancing, Bouncy Castle, Fun Dog Show, Duck Race and children’s activities

Monmouthshire & Brecon are to hold their second Canalathon on Sunday 6th September!The 33 mile route will see teams of four canoe, cycle and walk/run the distance of the tranquil canal that passes through the stunningBrecon Beacons National Park.  Starting at Pontymoile Basin, teams will be expected to paddle their way through the first 5 miles of the course by canoe. On collecting bikes from Goytre Wharf, a 17 mile slug can commence as competitors breeze alongside the canal. The challenge will close with an 11 mile walk or run from Llangynidr to cross the finish line at Brecon Canal Basin.

  • Classic and vintage cars and motorcycles on display from 10.30am Classical music and vintage musical theatre on the steps of the Adelina Patti Pavilion between 12pm and 4pm with David Lewis Vaughan, Britton Ferry Silver Band will be playing.

thumb_6674__auto_888a33250dc28a4a61be7be79320469a4th and 8th of September – Bat walk at Dinefwr . Join our Ranger for a bat walk at Dinefwr, the only parkland National Nature Reserve in Wales.  Starts at 6.30pm – meet in carpark Costs – £7.00 an adult + £3.00 a child (no children under 5)

  •  Hay History Weekend – Agincourt 600 11th til 13th September

    A look at the Battle of Agincourt and associations in Hay on Wye area and with the Welsh longbowmen. More details to follow.

  •  Dinefwr Heritage Open Weekend 12th til 13th September

    12-13 September – Heritage Open Weekend. – Free entry for everyone! Get a taste of what Dinefwr has to offer for FREE. There’s loads to do and on the 12th September we’ll be hosting a Vintage machinery and Classic Car day.

  •  Talybont Canal Raft Race 12th September

    CANAL RAFT RACE: Saturday 12th September. We have lift off!!The very first Talybont Canal Raft Race is on and you could be part of it. This is going to be great fun and you can use the event to actively raise money for a charity of your choice too.

  •  Usk Show 12th September

    On the second Saturday in September, every year since 1844, Usk Farmers’ Club have held the Usk Show to celebrate the very best of Monmouthshire farming and rural life. Now in its 170thyear its popularity is second-to-none.

  •  BRECON BEAST 13th September
    If taking on some of the toughest, highest and most scenic tracks and trails found in the Brecon Beacons is your choice of fun, then the Brecon Beacons Beast is the mountain bike enduro for you. The Beast offers you a choice of a LONG and a SHORT routes.

      Why not check out one the country’s top food festivals this year. If you haven’t been       before you’ll be in for a real treat at the 2014 Abergavenny Food Festival which plays host to some of the brightest lights of the food world.

From 10am. Sheep, Horticulture, Domestic, Handicraft, Children’s Classes, Farm Produce, Photography, Dog Show, Children’s Sports, Bouncy Castle BBQ & Bar Side Stall Bouncy Castle Refreshments.

  • Llandovery Sheep Festival  26th til 27th September

    Llandovery Sheep Festival celebrates droving, sheep farming & the wool industry All weekend the town of Llandovery will be celebrating its farming routes and connection to the drovers trails of old.Highlights of the weekend will include the sheep dog trials, sheep shearing demonstrations.  There will be competitions and music throughout.

    Please visit the website for the festival schedule and full list of fun things to do & see.

  •  Dark Sky Discovery Evening 26th September

    Join experts from Dark Sky Wales to learn about the night sky and enjoy the wonders of the Universe. During your 4 hour visit to the Brecon Beacons you will learn how to recognise the constellations, discover how to use binoculars and telescopes and take fantastic pictures of the night sky. You will begin your experience in the classroom where tutors from DSW will show you how to use star charts and smartphone apps and computer software to find astronomical objects. Once confident in finding your way around tutors will move on to equipment before taking you outside into the wonderful dark skies of the Brecon Beacons National Park to put those skills into practice if weather permits.

    Places are limited to x 20, to ensure a high level of learning and participation.  The evening will be held at a dark sky location within the Brecon Beacons National Park, with exact location confirmed when you book.  No equipment or prior knowledge is needed but both welcome!

    Cost  £45 per person  – please enquire for other dates throughout the year or special group bookings.

    TO BOOK: Please contact Good Day Out  01874 749092 or book online at

  •  Lunar Eclipse 28th September

    During a total lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon form a straight line. The Earth blocks any direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The Sun is behind the Earth, so the Sun’s light casts the Earth’s shadow on the Moon. This shadow covers the entire Moon and causes a total lunar eclipse. .

    Price includes parking, soup and a roll. The event will run whatever the weather!

    Our stargazing events are very popular, so booking is essential.Adults: £8.00 Children: £6.00 (minimum age 8 years)

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Beat the end of summer blues by booking a trip to the Brecon Beacons

Banish the end-of-summer blues by booking a trip to the Brecon Beacons with Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages.  Fresh air, freedom, wild mountains, endless space, it’s guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs.

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And…..we know it’s notoriously unreliable, but the long-range forecast is looking pretty good for September and October.   Come and see the Brecon Beacons for your yourself!


Back to work, back to school, back to commuting, lunch breaks, and routine. Book a trip, and you’ll be in the wilderness before you’ve listened to half of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.  Richard Burton’s lilting narration will set the tone perfectly!


To really get away from it all, try Esgair Berfedd, Yr Allt, Altwinau, Brecons Beacons Barn or Brest Garth, or have a look at our collection of remote cottages.  Remember to forget your alarm clock.

Half term, hedgerows and halloween


Fabulous colours, harvest, blackberries galore, toffee apples, bonfires – autumn is a wonderful season!  Book now for a half term break in one of our many child friendly cottages.

There’s loads to do while you’re here – raid the hedgerows for your supper, check out the Spooky Spectacular at Cantref Adventure Centre and for culture try Brecon Baroque Festival from the 23rd – 26th October.

Half term hideaways

Here are some Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages which are still available for half term – book early to avoid disappointment.

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Abergavenny Wall2Wall Jazz Festival takes place this weekend.

Abergavenny Wall2Wall Jazz Festival takes place 4th – 6th September 2015

Abergavenny’s first wall2wall Jazz Festival starts this Friday, 4th September with a festival supper  ‘made in Wales’ at the Kings Arms 7.15pm for 7.45pm supper – Enjoy a 2 course meal followed by the best of jazz from Welsh-based artists, fronted by Andrew Fawcett. Tickets are £19 – Book online

Saturday 5th September

The Blues Stage – Y Cantref Inn

Mansel Davies 12.30pm and 1.45pm

BMJSinger/songwriter Mansel Davies plays as a solo performer (vocal/guitar) as well as duo, trio and 4-piece. A regular and popular perdformer at South Wales venues with music that covers a wide range of artists, as well as his own original material.

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Bluesy Susie 3pm and 4.15pm

BMJSusie Webb (aka Bluesy Susie) has made many TV and Radio appearances. She has performed and conducted at The Royal Albert Hall, sang on the pitch at the Millenium Stadium for the Wales vs South Africa match and has also headlined at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Wales Millenium Centre, Birmingham N.I.A, Ross Festival and Brecon Jazz Festival.

Artist’s website and video
£6 for the full afternoon – Book online

The Kings Arms 

The Ben Cipolla Band – 12pm

The Ben Cipolla Band consists of eight young musicians. They made their first debut at The Marlborough Jazz Festival in July 2014 where they received the Brewin Dolphin Best Newcomer Award.

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£12 – Book online

Radio Banska at 2.15pm


“ Radio Banska rip up the file marked ‘genre’ and throw the resultant musical confetti in the air for all to dance around in!”

This Bath-based instrumental quintet delivers a jazz infused blend of Levantine mystery, Balkan passion and Latin rhythms expressed in exciting original compositions with a world music flavour.  £12 – Book online

Emily Saunders ESB  at 4.30pm


“Absolutely brilliant” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio2

“The outrageously good Emily Saunders. An extraordinary talent” – Chris Philips, JazzFM

“Jazz album of the year so far” – The Independent

Released March 2015, Emily’s critically acclaimed album ‘Outsiders Insiders’ is remarkably assured, polished and accomplished. £15 – Book online

Ben Treacher Quartet at 6.45pm

“A beautiful, lyrical player of phenomenal potential” – Johnny Dankworth

“I have searched all over the world looking for great musicians and it’s rare to find such talent right on my doorstep” – John Cameron

One of the highlights of our past festival, multi- instrumentalist and composer Ben returns again with his talented quartet

£13 – Book online

Moscow Drug Club at 9pm
Moscow Drug Club’s amazing talent leaves all around baying for more, with their
brilliant crowd pleasing cabaret tuneage raised to the level of magnificence by
virtuosic playing!

A major hit at last year’s festival with their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy
swing and leftfield cult classics along side beautifully written original material – the
demand to invite them back would not be ignored.  £15 – Book online

Sunday 6th September

The Blues Stage – Y Cantref Inn

Sicknote Steve 12.30pm and 3pm

BMJTo audience’s in the West Country and South Wales, the familiar bearded figure of bluesman Sicknote Steve has become synonymous with a great session of the Blues. He is now a regular highlight at festivals around the country – including the Upton Blues Festival, Tenby Blues Festival, Brecon Blues Festival and a number of appearances overseas.

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Silurian 1.45pm and 4.15pm

BMJSilurian are a dynamic duo based in South Wales with a gritty, Springsteenes que style. They play a wide range of covers and original songs, taken mainly from the Country/ Country Rock / Indie/ Blues/ Rock genres. Jez has a versatile ‘gritty’ vocal style which lends itself well to a wide variety of genres, whilst Izzy adds rhythm and depth with cajon, drums and percussion.

Artist’swebsite and video

The Kings Arms

“donnie joe’s” American Swing  at 12pm

Swinging Jazz, Infectious Rhythms, Witty Tunes, and Poignant Songs … donnie joe’s American Swing brings them all together for the best in Swing Jazz from the 1930s, 40s, 50s & 60s.

The repertoire features carefully arranged Swing & Latin standards as written and performed by such greats as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Lester Young and Dizzy Gillespie, to name a but a few.  £12 – Book online
Remi Harris Trio at 2.15pm
BMJ“He is a tremendously gifted young player with an awesome command of Gypsy Jazz guitar” – John Etheridge
“Remi is the brightest talent in his genre (Gypsy Jazz) in the UK” – Stuart Carter-Smith, founder of The International Gypsy Guitar Festival
“Sensational guitarist” Jazz Rag Magazine

Remi Harris is an internationally renowned guitarist and composer.  He is widely regarded as one of the UK’s top gypsy jazz guitarists and has toured the UK, Australia and France – as well as performing at Buckingham Palace and Live on BBC Radio 2 

£12 – Book online

Jamie Brownfield Quartet at 4.30pm


“Jamie is just about the best young trumpeter I’ve heard in Britain – he knows the repertoire, the vocabulary; everything. And he has wondrous chops. I loved playing alongside him and hope maybe before long we can do it all again!” – Digby Fairweather

Playing all over the world from Europe, to Scandinavia, and as far as the US! The band play a range of feels, from Bebop, Mainstream, Swing, and even New Orleans Funk!

£14 – Book online
Sarah Gillespie Trio  at 6:45pm


The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham described Sarah Gillespie as ‘(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”

Sarah’s music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise
lyricism and she makes a welcome return to wall2wall.  £15 – Book online
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion at 9pm


“Zoe Schwarz takes all that is good from Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday and makes it
uniquely her own” – All About Jazz, USA

Zoe and her highly accomplished band have come right to the fore of the British Blues Scene as a result of an intensely busy, exciting and creative three years.  They are just about to release their 4th CD, a ‘live’ album, following quickly on the heels of three successful studio albums that picked up a series of awards and nominations including Runner-Up for Zoe in the 2014 British Blues Awards.

Their exciting live set is based around the band’s rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements, exciting grooves and spontaneous improvisation.

£13 – Book online

Jazz Ally at the Market Hall

11am to 6pm: Free Entry

Great music on the free jazz stage, a wide selection of good food, an all-day bar plus other entertainment – so come, stay and enjoy the day

The full weekend programme available on

Tickets for all events can be booked online via the website, or bought at the Tourist Information Centre or reserved by phone (07958 612 691).

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One month till Crickhowell’s first Literary Festival takes place.


We are delighted to introduce the programme for the first Crickhowell Literary Festival!

The Festival will take place from the 3rd til the 11th October, in Crickhowell.

The Festival features something for everyone – there will be lots of talks – on books, poetry, art, sport and politics; and there will be readings, stories, interviews, debates, candle-lit literary suppers, creative writing workshops and wholesome walks.

Have a look at the festival programme and book your tickets here.

The 2014 Wales Book of the Year for Fiction winner Francesca Rhydderch will launch the week’s festivities and a reading from this year’s Costa Book Award for poetry winner, Jonathan Edwards, will close it.


Festival organizers hope that the Crickhowell Literary festival will bring opportunities for learning and pleasure to the entire community.

Whether you want 4 star comfort, cosy B&Bs, your own cottage or to camp or caravan there is a huge selection of accommodation available in Crickhowell and its immediate surrounding area.

Details of local accommodation providers can be found here

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NEWSFLASH: Three Brecon Beacons businesses featured in Good Food Guide top 50 for 2016

We are very pleased to announce that the Felin Fach Griffin and The Hardwick have made the Good Food Guide Top 50 Pubs and Llangoed Hall has also made the Good Food Guide Top 50 Restaurants 2016 guides both published this week. 

Congratulations all! We’d highly recommend a visit to all of them!

The Felin Fach Griffin, is located in Felinfach just outside the market town of Brecon. It’s a heart warming country inn – it’s everything a good country pub should be.  Have a look at the sample menus here.


The Hardwick restaurant is run by owner and chef, Stephen Terry – simply the finest dining experience in and around Abergavenny.  Have a look at the menus here.the hardwick

Llangoed Hall is a magnificent country house hotel located in Llyswen in the stunning Wye Valley. The perfect destination for lunch, evening meal or afternoon tea.   Have a look at the menus here.

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In the Brecon Beacons, we take food and drink pretty seriously. Have a read of all the amazing places to eat here.

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