Abergavenny’s weekend-long festival of food, drink and foraging already has an excellent reputation and, like good wine, it gets better every year. Expect beautifully stocked stalls, demos, talks and fascinating activities such as guided wild food walks. The programme also includes masterclasses from top chefs and food writers including some of Wales’ finest culinary stars. Even the decor – different each year – is a feast for the eyes. According to Observer Food Monthly, “Abergavenny is to food as Cannes is to film – an annual festival for spotting rising stars in Britain’s artisan food firmament.” Here our some of our top picks from this years programme.
Go Foraging with Adele Nozedar: One Thousand Footsteps Forage
When? Sat, 17 Sep 2016, 09:45 to 12:30
Where? Please meet at Abergavenny Bus Station, at the bottom of Cross Street,
15 minutes prior to the start of the forage.
Adele Nozedar of Brecon Beacons Foraging will lead a forage based on her ‘One Thousand Footsteps’ menu, using ingredients, both wild and cultivated, from within a mile of her front door. The One Thousand Footsteps concept is not just about food, but an approach to living which continually challenges your resourcefulness.
Bring along suitable footwear for exploring the countryside and clothing for all weathers, just in case!
Try Seaweed Gin at the Gin Palace
Award-winning farmhouse distillery, Dà Mhìle’sDà Mhìle’s latest masterpiece fresh from the still! Made in West Wales, this seaweed gin is produced with a cut-down, hand selected variant of botanicals added to their small batch gin. Designed to complement seafood, it is infused with handpicked seaweed from the Celtic coast, giving it a lovely light green hue.
Get a sneak preview of MasterChef Monica Galetti’ book; ‘The Skills’
When? Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:30
Where? Borough theatre
MasterChef: The Professionals presenter, Monica Galetti will talk exclusively to food critic, William Sitwell about her new cookbook, ‘The Skills’. The book will be released on 6 October so this is your chance to get a sneak preview and hear about the inspiration behind it.
Senior sous chef at two Michelin star Le Gavroche until 2015, Monica is now a MasterChef: The Professionals presenter and has published several successful cookbooks.
This event will be followed by a book signing.
Two event tickets and copy of the Skills cook book £42.50
One event ticket and copy of the Skills cook book £30
Don’t believe insects can be tasty? Andy Holcroft is here to prove you wrong
When?Sat, 17 Sep 2016, 15:00 to 16:30
Where? The Corn Exchange
Taste of his gourmet bug burgers, cricket flour penne pasta with a garlic grasshopper arabiata sauce with caramelised cauliflower and cricket puree finished off with black ant and toasted mealworm panna cotta with fruit compote and bug brittle.
Andy has been a chef for over twenty years and has worked in many different styles of kitchens from classical French through to modern British bistro and now Grub Kitchen, hailed as the UK’s first full-time edible insect restaurant! He uses insects in a variety of different ways allowing the diner to explore the unique tastes and textures of many varieties of edible insects.
Get personal attention from an expert in artisan food and drinks production and make a product to take away with you at the Artisan Kitchen School
Back for its third year, the Artisan Kitchen School is a unique opportunity to cook alongside some of the best chefs at the Festival.
Whatever your abilities in the kitchen, you will learn a new skill and you’ll go home with delicious, chef standard food, made by you. More here.
Put your dancing shoes on at the Street Food Supper Party
When? Friday 16 September, 19:00
Where? The Castle Dome and surrounding food stalls
How Much? £10.00-Buy Tickets
The Supper Party will take place in the street food-filled heart of the Castle. Get your dancing shoes on as Le Chefs de Party Partie compère a night of great live music to kick start the weekend festivities. There will be delicious eats from Cafe Spice Namaste Indian Street Food, Clay Oven Flat Breads, Profijes Dutch Waffles, The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company Seafood, Rule of Tum Burgers, Pomme Pomme Falafels, Chase Cocktails & Skyborry Cider.
Get some tips from Great British Bake off Builder-Richard Burr
When? Sat, 17 Sep 2016-12:00
Great British Bake Off builder turned baker, Richard Burr will give you the essential toolkit on how to be a star baker with recipes from his debut cookbook, Bake it Yourself.
Born and raised in North London, Richard was a finalist on The Great British Bake Off 2014, having won the Star Baker accolade a record five times. Richard is a fourth-generation builder who specializes in bricklaying and plastering. He recently graduated with a BSc in Biodiversity & Conservation.
Stroll around the many stalls
A glorious market dedicated to the very best producers from across the UK. There will be many Welsh food and drink producers, selling delicious local produce. Last year there was around 220 stalls spread across several indoor sites in the centre of Abergavenny and throughout central streets, and this year will be just a big!
Catch up with old friends and make new ones over drinks at The Angel
The Angel Hotel provides the perfect location to have a welcome sit down after picking up lots of goodies at the stalls in the Festival. Their Foxhunter Bar features local ales and ciders and for the more adventurous, the cocktail menu features both classic cocktails and Angel originals – The Hendricks, Manhattan and Cosmopolitan to name but a few.
If you wish to mingle with locals over a pint of Hereford Pale Ale, enjoy a glass of wine by the open fire or grab a tasty bite to eat, The Foxhunter Bar provides comfortable, stylish surroundings which you will want to revisit again and again. It’s a perfect end to a day out at the Festival.
The Angel Hotel
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