Food festivals have evolved over the last few decades to become as important a part of British culture and lifestyle as music festivals like Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds. Not only have they grown and expanded from the small marquees in a local park to sprawling events that take place in large parks, greens and event venues, but they now regularly play host to some of the biggest and best in the culinary world.
Although they are often overlooked, in favour of other parts of the UK, there are a number of exciting food festivals that take place every single year in North Wales that you’d find difficult to pick faults in.
If you want to enjoy the best food and drink that North Wales and beyond has to offer from great, pristine and beautiful North Wales cities and town – check out the guide below to some of the very best and most interesting food festivals in the region this year.
Gwledd Conwy Feast, Civic Hall, Conwy
Gwledd Conwy Feast is setting its sights on being the tastiest food, drink and music festival in Wales. Street food stalls, live cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, food halls and lots of live music and entertainment for visitors of all ages is what you can expect if you visit this great event in the lovely town of Conwy towards the end of October
Mold Food and Drink Festival, Mold, Flintshire
Now mold and food are not easy bedfellows…normally. However, when it comes to the Mold Food and Drink Festival in the Flintshire town of Mold in North Wales, you’ll wonder why you never associated the two words together before.
This year marks the festival’s 13th year since its inception and it looks set to be the biggest and best yet. Expect some of the biggest names in the world of cooking, amazing fresh produce to sample, taste and buy and some exciting and mouth-watering live cooking demonstrations.
Along with all of the food-centred activities the event will be sound-tracked by live music. One of the star attractions in September will be the beautiful and clever cook, Lisa Faulkner. The author, actress and radio DJ won Celebrity Masterchef and will be make lots of delicious food for attendees to marvel at and try.
Llangollen Gwyl Fwyd Food Festival, Llangollen Pavilion, Llangollen
One of the most prestigious and biggest events in the food festival calendar of Wales, Llangollen Gwyl Fwyd is a true feast for all food aficionados. More than 100 different exhibitors from the world of baking, chocolate, meat and so much more will displaying their various produce and skills to visitors. The best thing about them is that most come from Llangollen.
Celebrity chefs also appear here every year to put on lively, fun and truly inspirational cooking demonstrations and master-classes. So if you are looking to brush up on your kitchen skills and knowledge, come along.
Along with all that tasty grub there will also be a well-stocked beer and cider tent that will be showcasing the best of the best from local North Wales breweries.
Portmeirion Food & Craft Festival, Portmeirion, North Wales
In the village made famous by the TV show The Prisoner in Snowdonia, the Portmeirion Food and Craft Festival will return again this year in December.
Over 120 chalets and stalls will be showcasing the very best in Welsh crafts and food. As this event takes place in December, expect a decidedly Christmas feel to the whole affair, with a Christmas Grotto, the chance to do any last minute shopping for gifts you might have to do, the elf dash and a whole host of workshops and live cooking demonstrations – all sound-tracked by entertaining and fun live music.
Conwy Honey Fair
Head back to Conwy on the 13th of September for the long-running ode to the town’s association with bee-keeping and honey production. What is the buzz about this event? (sorry we couldn’t resist) Well, as you’d expect it’s all about the honey. Bee-keepers have the opportunity to sell their own signature honey, as well as talk about bees with visitors.
There is also the chance to buy many different honey products and products for hives too. If you are interested in keeping bees and want to learn more, this is the best place to be. There will also be lots of honey soaps, beeswax polish and candles to sample and purchase as gifts.
Now in its 29th year, it is not hard to see why anyone and everyone who attends the Conwy Honey Fair is buzzing about it constantly afterwards.
Monmouthshire Food Festival
Monmouthshire is home to the Monmouthshire Food Festival on the first weekend of June and expects a full range of food-centred events. Including tastings, talks and of course, live cooking demonstrations from some of the finest chefs from this part of North Wales.
Local food produce stalls will showcase the region’s sauces, cider, beer, cheese, cakes and bread and there will also be lots for children to do too.
Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Aberaeron
Aberaeron plays host to one of the best events taking place throughout the year in North Wales, with thousands of people attending each year. This quayside even kicks of the Welsh summer in style with a full-on, no-holds-barred and shameless showcase of the glorious and locally sourced seafood in all its many shapes and sizes.
Check out live fish and shellfish demonstrations full of tips and tricks to prepare and cook these tricky ingredients. There will also obviously be plenty of grub to sample and produce to buy. So whether you are the biggest fan of sea bass, mullet, mackerel, crab, lobster and all sorts of other goodies from the local seas or just looking for something a bit different to do on a summery Saturday in North Wales, this is an ideal festival to attend.
Although the above list is not in the least bit exhaustive and there are many others we could talk about, it does provide you with a great snapshot of what is out there in the way of food festivals this year in North Wales.
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