The finest food festivals in Wales

Food and Drink

Posted by Ed Roberts on 12th January 2020

Wales food festivals

Wales is foodie heaven and how best to discover this fantastic country’s dazzling cornucopia of culinary wonders than at a food festival. There are tens of food festivals across Wales, so we’ve compiled a guide for you to discover some amazing Welsh food. Food festivals in Wales occur all year round in all parts of the country, from North Wales and West Wales to South Wales and Mid Wales.

Visit Wales’ food festivals in Cardiff, Anglesey, Caerphilly, Abergavenny, Aberaeron, Brecon, Aberystwyth, Caernarfon to name a handful. We’ve compiled a guide with all the information you need to know. Also, visit the festival websites for specific dates as details are subject to change year to year.

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We have a large collection of self-catering holiday cottages in Wales. Many of our holiday homes have excellent kitchens where you can prepare and cook all the delicious local fare you may have bought at one of the food festivals below.

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Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival  

Date: TBC

Location: Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff, CF10 4PZ

Highlights: An unrivalled roster of chefs

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The wonderful capital city of Wales hosts the mother and father of all national food festivals, attracting international stars from TV and the world’s top restaurants. Drawing in thousands of guests, this is one of the most diverse and interactive food and drink events in the UK. Taking place in July, this is a great show for those who love open-air events with live music too. Sample food from a massive range of international, national and local food and drink producers. You will go home with a full belly!

Stay at: Somerset View | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog 

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The Cardigan River and Food Festival

Date: TBC

Location: Cardigan (TBC)

Highlights: Live cookery demonstrations

Cardigan

Traditionally taking place each August, around 50 different Welsh food and drink producers bolstered by providers from overseas, England, Scotland and the rest of the world. There are also stalls run by local community organisations and craftspeople selling interesting bespoke fancy goods. Live attractions centre around live cookery demonstrations and an evening of live music to tie off the event.

Stay at: River Cottage at St Dogmaels | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs  

Stay in Cardigan Bay

Monmouthshire Food Festival

Date: TBC

Location: Caldicot Castle, Church Rd, Caldicot NP26 4HU

Highlights: Local head chef’s Q+A and demos

Monmouth

The Monmouthshire Food Festival in South Wales takes place each May. Caldicot Castle plays host to this popular spring event. With food producers, talks, demonstrations and local chefs showing off their skills, it’s the perfect day out for keen foodies. The children's corner will be a hit with the kids too.

Stay at: Paddock Barn | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 2 dogs 

Stay in Monmouth

Lampeter Food Festival

Date: TBC

Location: Lampeter University, Lampeter, SA48 7ED

Highlights: Chilli!

Lampeter

Located at Wales’ oldest and perhaps most remote university, Lampeter Food Festival takes place each July. It’s quite the event which transforms this small mountain town into a hive of activity for foodies. If you like chilli sauces and other related condiments, then this food festival is worth putting on your calendar. Beefed up with live cooking demonstrations and PAs by local chefs from highly regarded pubs and restaurants in the Lampeter area, you won’t go home hungry.

Stay at: Beudy Bach | Sleeps: 2 guests 

Stay in Lampeter

Anglesey Food Festival 

Date: TBC

Location: Anglesey Showground, Holyhead, L65 4RW

Highlights: The chance to sample regional Welsh food from Anglesey

Anglesey

The Anglesey Food Festival takes place each May at the Anglesey Showground. It’s a vast array of fun food and drink stores, experiments, workshops, and demonstrations. Meet local fishermen and farmers, and sample the very best local food and drink from all over Anglesey and North Wales.

Stay at: Trearddur House Mews | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs 

Stay on Anglesey

Caerphilly Food Festival 

Date: TBC

Location: Caerphilly, CF83 1XY

Caerphilly

For one day each May, Caerphilly Town Centre becomes a buzzing marketplace. Around 100 stalls vie for visitor’s attention with enchanting aromas, sizzling meats, spicy vegetables, fresh fish and all kinds of culinary exotica. Also, to complement the food, you'll finds a large choice of Welsh craft and activity stalls - not to be missed!

Stay at: Ton Barn – The Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog 

Stay in Caerphilly

Brecon Food Festival 

Date: TBC

Location: Brecon Indoor Market, Brecon, LD3 7LF

Highlights: The choice of beer and cider on offer.

Brecon

Arriving late in the annual calendar, the Brecon Food Festival occurs in October. Having been in existence for over 20 years, it’s also one of Wales' longest continuous running food festivals. Meets dozens of fresh food providers from Wales and beyond, offering a cornucopia of interesting and tasty food and drink for you to try in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s a fine programme of talks and live demonstrations followed by a programme of musical events.

Stay in: Belle Vue Cottage | Sleeps: 10 guests plus 2 dogs

Stay in Brecon

Aberystwyth Street Food Festival  

Date: TBC

Location: Aberystwyth Marina, Y Lanfa, SY23 1AS

Highlights: The endless international food sensations to choose from

Aberystwyth

Street food is something else! Bringing delicious tastes together from all around the world to Aberystwyth is something to celebrate. From fresh stone-baked pizza from Italy to mouth-watering Japanese sushi, and American hot dogs and Asian curries, go and discover an enormous, exciting choice of food from across the globe followed by a cool pint of craft beer or an alcoholic fruit cocktail with crushed ice. Aberystwyth also hosts a larger food and drink festival too that can be found on Baker Street each September. 

Stay at: Ty Beudy | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs  

Stay in Aberystwyth

Caernarfon Food and Drink Festival  

Date: TBC

Location: Castle Square, Caernarfon, LL55 2NF

Highlights: A fun day out for all the family, with face painting and rides for kids

Caernarfon

 With a whole bunch of food and drink vendors packing out the town square, you definitely won’t be going back to your self-catering cottage empty-handed. Visit the Caernarfon Food Festival for lively cooking demonstrations, freshly cooked street food, and fun activities for the whole family. Sample delicious dishes from Welsh chefs and enjoy wandering through the town’s narrow cobbled streets. Look out for stalls selling local cheeses, real craft ale, chocolate, jams, olives and baked goods.

Stay at: Ocean House Waves | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs  

Stay in Caernarfon

We hope we have inspired you with a selection of food festivals in Wales to visit. We have a large collection of self-catering holiday cottages all across Wales from North Wales, South Wales, Mid Wales and West Wales in and close to each of the towns and villages that hold food festivals. Where will you stay?

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Photo credits:
Cardiff @ cyrimmer
Cardigan @ snppaer1001
Monmouth @ cmarin
Lampeter @tchong0023
Anglesey @ itakephotoswales
Caerphilly @ shewolfx
Brecon @ davydmxman
Caernarfon @clarewbg
Aberystwtyh @welshdragongirls

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.