Abergavenny Food Festival 2014
Gŵyl Fwyd Y Fenni 2014

Abergavenny Food Festival 2014 – Welcome/Croeso

  • Winner of 'Best Event in Wales' (National Tourism Awards 2013)
  • Celebrating craft, diversity, tradition, innovation and all that's best in food from the farm, from producers and from the kitchen...
  • The 'Glastonbury of Food Festivals'
    (Carole Cadwalladr, Observer Food Monthly)

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2014 Dates and What's On – Dyddiadau 2014 a Beth sydd Ymlaen

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 September / Dydd Sadwrn 20 – Dydd Sul 21 Medi

  • 200 exhibitors from Wales, the Marches and further afield.
  • Food Academy for children with hands-on workshops.
  • Rolling programme of chef demonstrations featuring the region’s finest.
  • Special masterclasses, workshops, tutored tastings and talks.

Find out more...

Early Bird Ticket Offer – Cynnig Tocyn Aderyn Cynnar

  • Our early bird offer. Buy your stroller wristbands online from Monday 7 April at 2012 prices.
  • Saturday £8.00, Sunday £6.50, Weekend £12.00 (prices from 1 September will be: £10.00, £8.00, £15.00)
  • Free entry to children under 16

See what you get with your stroller wristband

Our Food Academy – Ein Academi Fwyd

  • We are delighted to announce that Organic Centre Wales is once again putting children centre-stage by sponsoring the 2014 Food Academy at The Castle.

Organic Centre Wales (logo)


About the Abergavenny Food Festival – Mwy am Ŵyl Fwyd y Fenni

Matt Tebbut and Tom Parker Bowles - photo James Cunningham

The Abergavenny Food Festival is a not-for-profit organisation. We celebrate craft in food-making, on the farm, in the factory or in the kitchen; and the diversity of foods and traditions, both in Wales and further afield. We are privileged to enjoy the company of some of the most skilled, passionate, knowledgeable and articulate food-lovers in the country: growers, cooks, writers, processors, campaigners and artists. Above all we aim to celebrate the conviviality and sociability that surrounds eating and drinking.

The Festival takes place on five sites in the centre of town and attracts in excess of 28,000 visitors annually. The market venues host over two hundred exhibitors, cookery demonstrations, a children’s Food Academy sponsored by Organic Centre Wales and other entertainment. Alongside this is a programme of individually ticketed masterclasses, tutored tastings, workshops, walks and talks featuring some of the brightest lights of the culinary world. The Festival recently received the accolade of ‘Best Event 2013’ in the National Tourism Awards (Visit Wales).

New for 2014: The Artisan Kitchen School will host cooking classes throughout the Festival weekend. Join small group classes to learn skills from the experts. Try your hand at everything from cheese making to sushi rolling and make something to take home. The first ever night market in Brewery Yard on the Saturday with great street food and entertainment too. To get a feel for the whole event do take a look at our videos below. For details on venues and the programme of events please see Visiting Us.

Recent articles in the media (PDF downloads):

Videos (watch on vimeo.com – videos produced by Visual Impact Productions):

Image: Masterclass with Matt Tebbutt and Tom Parker-Bowles.

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Visiting Us – Ymweld â Ni

Convivial atmophere

Your stroller wristband
Strollers can be purchased for Saturday, Sunday or the Weekend and give access to five market venues (indoor and outdoor) in the centre of town. Within these venues are over 200 exhibitors from Wales, The Marches and further afield. There’s a rolling progamme of chef demonstrations on the Kitchen Stage in the Market Hall across the weekend. In the Castle grounds, there’s food to eat on the spot, a Food Academy offering hands-on workshops for children and other entertainment for the whole family. Full details will be made available later in the year as the programme is firmed up.  

Opening times
Saturday 20 September: 9.30am to 6.00pm with extended opening in Brewery Yard for our first ever Night Market (until 10.00pm). Sunday 21 September: 9.30am to 5.00pm.

Our early bird offer – buy your stroller wristbands from Monday 7 April at 2012 prices: You can purchase a stroller wristband for Saturday, Sunday or the Weekend.

FREE* Child Stroller ticket for Sat/Sun/Weekend 2014: Add to Basket

Early Bird Adult Stroller ticket for Saturday only £8.00: Add to Basket

Early Bird Adult Stroller ticket for Sunday only £6.50: Add to Basket

Early Bird Adult Stroller ticket for weekend £12.00: Add to Basket

*Children under 16 free only if accompanied by an adult. Wristbands will be despatched from August onward.
(Prices from 1 September will be: £10.00, £8.00, £15.00)

Our special events
Alongside the market venues and the events that are accessed with a stroller wristband we also have a programme of individually ticketed events featuring top culinary talent. You can still view our 2013 programme. The special events programme will go live on 2 July and you will be able to purchase tickets online to print off at home.

Please refer to Visitor Info 2013 for information on accommodation, travelling to the Festival, parking and access. These pages will be updated when the full 2014 programme goes live.

You can also sign up for our regular e.newsletters to keep you up to date with our plans for the 2014 Festival as they develop.

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Our Exhibitors – Ein Arddangoswyr

Exhibitor's stall

Last year’s Festival saw a strong turnout, great trading and a lively party atmosphere – all helped by an improved market layout and tantalizing product mix. According to award-winning Chocolatier, Marc Demarquette (who has both exhibited and performed at the Festival): “It’s the best food festival in Europe by a mile; a buzzing place for tantalizing smells, exotic foods and smiling faces all over. Pure joy.”

With over two hundred exhibitors across five venues the breadth of produce on offer is enormous. Applications for the 2014 Festival are now in and a dedicated panel of experts is going through all submissions to ensure a really interesting balance for this year.

Our aim is to offer visitors a wide range of the highest quality local, regional and occasionally international artisan food. To this end we strongly favour Welsh produce, although we recognise and try to reflect that the Marches and South Western counties of England are also local. But we also include artisan produce of top quality or unique interest, made within the UK – or even further afield. In recent years we have also had reciprocal relationships with specialist Spanish and Italian producers.

Our exhibitors range from solo entrepreneurs to small-to-medium scale businesses who supply specialist outlets and sell online. But nothing beats direct trading with the public in an environment that’s all about food. Whether starting out or established and expanding, the Festival offers a two-way dialogue with visitors, potential commercial buyers, food writers and journalists, cooks and chefs. So there’s a real coming together of creative talent, out of which new ideas and collaborations are born.

(Exhibitors – if you have a query it may well be answered by reading our Exhibitor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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Our Sponsors and Advertisers – Ein Noddwyr a Hysbysebwyr

Val Warner at the Food-Academy – photo Tim Woodier

If you spent the weekend in Abergavenny last September you may have noticed some of the companies with whom we had a working partnership, for instance: Organic Centre Wales sponsored the Food Academy at The Castle and Grillstock had a stage there which combined music and cooking. Numerous businesses are involved with the Festival – from sponsorship of venues and support for individual events (paid and in-kind), to advertising in our Festival Guide.

It’s an opportunity for companies of all sizes to align themselves with "The most democratic of festivals, the most easy going, the most celebratory" (Matthew Fort, The Guardian). We always have you - the visitor - in mind and how the development of new partnerships can add real value to your experience of the event. So synergy with our core values is a must, whatever the level of engagement. See ‘About the Abergavenny Food Festival’ above. Take a look at our 2013 sponsor page. You’ll see that support comes from all sectors – not just those with a focus on food.

If you are a business and would like to find out more, then please get in touch with Scott Crichton either by e.mail: scott@abergavennyfoodfestival.com or call him on 07977 911438. He will be happy to send you material giving a comprehensive overview of the Festival’s activities and partnership opportunities. He will also send you a rate card for our full-colour Guide.

Image: Valentine Warner at the 2013 Food Academy.

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Contact us – Cysylltu â Ni

General enquiries by email

The team

Chief Executive
Heather Myers
Tel: 01873 851643 Ext 7

Joanna Busk
Tel: 01873 851643 Ext 4

Sponsorship and hospitality
Scott Crichton
Tel: 01873 851643 Ext 8

Press, media, PR and promotions
Cathy Green
Tel: 01873 851643 Ext 2

Advertising, ticket sales, social media, mailing lists, publicity distribution
Angela Siddall
Tel: 01873 851643 Ext 5

Exhibitors and production
Matrika Lindley-Thompson
Tel: 01873 851643 Ext 6

Food Academy Co-ordinator
Kirsty Snare
Tel: 01873 851643

Collin Hogan
Tel: 01873 851643 Ext 3

To send a fax to any of the team members listed above please dial: 01873 857773

To contact us by post please write to: Abergavenny Food Festival / Gŵyl Fwyd Y Fenni, PO Box 49 / Blwch Postio 49, Abergavenny / Y Fenni NP7 5XZ

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