A jam-packed festival events programme spanning masterclasses, chef demos, talks and debates has been announced for this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival.
Tickets for all confirmed events in and around the festival weekend are now on sale from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on his life in food, to Observer Food Monthly editor Allan Jenkins in conversation about his recently published memoir Plot 29. Event highlights also include a demo by rising star of the British food scene and food blogger, Ed Smith, as he moves the humble side dish to centre stage, a spice masterclass with Romy Gill MBE on creating delicious dishes with an injection of British/Indian flavours, Jay Rayner’s The Ten (Food) Commandments and exclusive pop-ups with Edinburgh Food Studio and Olia Hercules.
The main festival takes place in the town on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September this year, featuring an expanded Producers’ Market showcasing the very best Great British food, book signings, the returning Night Market on Saturday 16th, and activities for kids and families including a new edible education space with plenty of opportunities to get little hands dirty.
Access to the festival is with a weekend or day wristband (excluding ticketed events) which can be purchased online via the new-look website abergavennyfoodfestival.com now. NP7 postcode residents are entitled to a 10% discount on wristbands purchased in advance online.
For those wanting to stay in Abergavenny for the festival weekend, there is boutique camping new for this year with bell tents available to book. Then you’re simply walking distance to the After Hours celebrations such as the Ceilidh at the Castle (Friday 15thSeptember – tickets are £5/£10) and the music and fireworks extravaganza, Party at the Castle (Saturday 16th September – tickets are £20).
Abergavenny’s new Chief Executive, Aine Morris said of this year’s festival:
“We’re incredibly excited about the strength of the festival line up this year. There is an abundance of food talent in Britain right now, and a wealth of incredible food books out this year. Our programme is a reflection of the skills, passion and commitment being shown to their craft by all those involved in bringing food to the table.
“Abergavenny is fundamentally all about the food, with a focus on real food, real farmers, and real chefs. We are keen to get people trying new things, tasting new produce and strengthening
2017 is Abergavenny Food Festival‘s 19th year running and reaches 35,000 people of a 2-day festival weekend.