What we know about the Abergavenny Food Festival so far, and where to get tickets!


What can you expect with a weekend wristband to Abergavenny Food Festival? There is plenty of free content at this year’s festival. Here’s a taster of what’s on across the weekend.

Cooking demos

At the Market Hall stage, you’ll be able to catch some of your favourite chefs in action, including Tom Kerridge. Each of our cooking demos is about picking up top tips, or learning a new skill to take home and put into practice. Expect tips on eating well for less, batch cooking & freezer management skills, wild food recipes, seasonal British, Indian home-cooking and more.
FF 2017


Abergavenny is famous for the outstanding quality of the festival’s markets. In 2017, the Food Festival have paid special care to showcasing an incredible amount of delicious food producers from across Wales and the UK. Expect their showcase Producers’ Market, Cheese & Wine Market, Street Food & Night Market, plus a shop and drop service, new food producers and community stalls.

Kids’ activities

Kid Activ

The Food Festival is all about getting kids growing, cooking and tasting new things, which is why entry to the festival is free for under 16s. There is plenty to keep the little ones busy, making it even easier for parents to relax in the sunshine. The kids’ cookery academy will be back at the Castle and this time will include a kids’ food theatre extravaganza.

 The Farmyard

The Farmyard area will be back this year, giving you the opportunity to meet the people that produce your food and listen to their stories. For families, there will be live farm animals; have a go at feeding the lambs, churning the butter and spinning wool. The farmyard stage will host talks and debates on the issues facing the UK’s food system, from how to get started in farming to what UK agriculture looks like after Brexit.

Talks and debates

When it comes to deciding what to eat the amount of available information has never been more confusing. From clean eating, to going vegan to eating less and better meat, the Food Festival aim to debunk some myths, unpick the issues and offer practical, common sense advice on how to eat well with our talks and debates. Look out for stages in the Farmyard and at the Castle.
Talks & Debs

Book your wristbands now and you’ll receive a discount compared to buying on the day.

Party at the Castle

Party at castle

It’s back! The Food Festivals’ legendary Saturday night party at Abergavenny Castle is a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with your favourite celebrity chefs. The ancient walls will be filled with live music, dancing and some of the best street food that the UK has to offer. The evening will end with a spectacular firework display.This event is always a sell out so make sure you don’t miss out, book your tickets online here.

Edinburgh Food Studio Pop-Up Feast

Don’t miss your chance to experience some of the most innovative cuisine of the UK food scene. The festival will welcome chefs Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella from the crowd funded restaurant and food research hub, Edinburgh Food Studio.

Ed Food Studio

The team who met at Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences and come from Noma’s eponymous Nordic Food Lab will be creating a delicious feast of foraged and fermented ingredients. Expect a five-course tasting menu, with an optional drinks pairing, to evolve alongside the inspiration, experiments and ingredients of the season. We advise arriving with an open mind and an empty stomach. Tickets are online available now but likely won’t be around for long!

Keep your eye on the Food Festival’s website for the full programme and event listings, which will be released early June.


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