Without doubt, this year’s Conwy Feast has been a roaring success after thousands flocked to the venue undeterred by the less than ideal weather at some points.
The 10th annual celebration of all things food, drink and music in North Wales looked like it could be exposed to the elements with the troublesome storm warnings trying to put a dampener on proceedings but in typical Welsh fashion, congregators would not be put off by a little drizzle.
Enthusiasts, families and visitors from afar all braved the weather to celebrate what proved to be a smash hit with thousands of people all eager to sample tastes from around the world. As the rain came down, the beer tent was as bustling as ever with so many superb local ales eagerly tried by attendees who would all have instantly realised what makes North Wales ale so special.
The most eye-catching moment however must have been when the historic Conwy Castle was masterfully lit up by the geniuses over at blinc digital art festival projecting images of eyes before a magnificent laser show cast over the river which really highlighted just how far the occasion has come in 10 years from its humble beginnings.
Elsewhere, the fun just kept coming. Children were delighted by the hilarious parade of puppets and would have been enchanted by the Mad Hatter’s tea party. In between mouthfuls of delicious food from any of the 150 producers, the grown-ups would have had a fantastic time watching live music from the likes of John Power and Aziz Ibrahim.
If you had taken a trip to the Conwy Civic Hall then you would have been delighted by the Box of Delights: an attraction unlike any other which draws on the idea of food for thought was a joy to anyone interested in poetry.
Event director Jane Hughes was beaming when she said, “It’s fulfilled my dreams of what I thought it could be. We can always do more and always do better, but it’s been 10 years of work well worth it. We hope the Feast will still be here in another 10 years.”
If this brilliant occasion keeps on going from strength to strength, there’s little reason why North Wales’ premier food festival won’t be here for many more years to come.
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Some of blinc’s magnificent work