Caroline Conran – 'Sud de France' (Food Talk), Lion’s Place 11.00 – 11.45am

Penwythnos yr Ŵyl / Festival weekend

21–22 Medi / 21–22 September
Sgyrsiau am Fwyd / Food Talks

Join writers, critics and campaigners in a wide-ranging conversation that's all about food and drink. Events last about 50 minutes including Q&A. Events priced at £6.00 have an additional food dem or tasting element.

Caroline ConranDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 Sept
11.00 – 11.45am / Venue: Lion’s Place
Tickets: £5.00

Sud de France – Caroline Conran with Richard Ehrlich

Sponsored by:

The Bell at Skenfrith

Caroline Conran’s Sud de France – The Food and Cooking of the Languedoc has won both the André Simon Award, and also the Fortnum & Mason Food Book of the Year 2013, two of the most prestigious food-writing awards. Written with wit, erudition and a real affinity for her subject, this book is a reminder of a calmer, less ostentatious age of food-writing. Fellow scribe Richard Ehrlich talks to Caroline about her illustrious career as a food-writer, the years at the hub of the Conran empire, and her enduring love-affair with the Languedoc.


Stefan GatesDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
11.00 – 12.00 / Venue: Borough Theatre
Tickets: Adults: £6.00, Children: £3.00

Don't miss our special children's/family event!

Incredible Edibles Live – Stefan Gates

CBBC’s Stefan Gates performs a spectacular live show with edible insects, mind-blowing food science and some very very big explosions! Stefan is a food writer and presenter of 15 TV series including Cooking in the Danger Zone (BBC2) about global hunger and the politics of food and Can Eating Insects Save the World? (BBC4). He’s currently working on Harvest, a new BBC2 series about farming. Stefan gives numerous talks at Science Festivals, and has been guest director of Cheltenham Science Festival.


Jill NormanDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
12.30 – 1.30pm / Venue: Borough Theatre / Tickets: £6.00

Remembering Elizabeth David
Jill Norman, Franco & Ann Taruschio with Tim Hayward

Sponsored by:

Parrys Fine & Country

Britain’s most influential post-war writer on food and cookery? Writer and broadcaster Tim Hayward has been something of a sceptic but on the occasion of Elizabeth David’s centenary he is faced with three of the people who knew her best. Jill Norman was her editor at Penguin from the 1960’s and, as the literary trustee of her estate, has overseen the publication of five posthumous anthologies of her work. A sixth, Vegetables, is published this year. Franco and Ann Taruschio were influenced by Elizabeth David’s books when they opened The Walnut Tree in 1963. The admiration was mutual and they went on to become firm friends and collaborators at the stove. To put words into practice, Franco demonstrates some of the dishes of those heady days.

Read more about Elizabeth David and this event on our blog


Alys FowlerDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
12.30 – 1.15pm / Venue: Lion’s Place / Tickets: Sold Out (£5.00)

The Autumn Garden – Alys Fowler

Planting, picking and preserving; find out from Alys Fowler what’s going on in the vegetable garden right now. Alys is a gardener who loves food. She was a presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World and had her own BBC series The Edible Garden. In 2012 she was a presenter on BBC2’s Our Food, about wild foods. Her latest book Abundance focuses on the many different ways of preserving, storing and cooking the harvest of the garden.


Magnus Nilsson and Valentine WarnerDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 Sept
2.00 – 3.00pm / Venue: Borough Theatre
Tickets: £5.00

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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Magnus Nilsson talks to Valentine Warner

Imagine a restaurant on the edge of the Arctic circle. It seats just 12 people. 95% of the menu is grown or caught locally. Summer and winter. That restaurant exists. It’s called Fäviken and its moving spirit is 30 year old Magnus Nilsson. His daring rethinking of menu, ingredients and eating experience has made him one of the hottest chefs in the world right now. Find out what it’s all about when Magnus meets UK forage and wildfood expert Valentine Warner. Valentine has recently been filming in Scandinavia for a new TV series and cookbook.

Find out more about Faviken and Magnus Nilsson by reading our blog


Deb PerelmanDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 September
2.00 – 2.45pm / Venue: Lion’s Place / Tickets: £5.00

Smitten Kitchen – Deb Perelman

Meet the author of Smitten Kitchen, the blog that has swept America. Deb Perelman’s success is hard to explain. Just an ordinary girl trying to make delicious food out of everyday ingredients in her tiny New York kitchenette. What’s not to like? Her writing is warm and witty. She takes her own photographs. Her recipes are imaginative. And they work. Ottolenghi, Paltrow and Rachel Khoo number themselves among her millions of readers. And now there’s a Smitten Kitchen cookbook.


Shaun Hill and Simon WrightDydd Sadwrn 21 Medi / Saturday 21 Sept
3.30 – 4.30pm / Venue: Borough Theatre
Tickets: £6.00

The Master Chef – Shaun Hill with Simon Wright

Sponsored by:

Dorrell  Oliver Ltd

Shaun Hill is a legend among British chefs. Not just for the Michelin stars which he has brought to three different establishments. Not just for his food which combines impeccable accuracy with an absolute absence of pretension. Not just for his intelligence, humour and geniality. But for the sheer dedication to his trade which sees him still at the stove ‘shaking the pans’ nearly fifty years after he first took them up in Robert Carrier’s kitchen in 1966. Shaun demonstrates dishes and talks cooking with the writer, broadcaster, and restaurateur Simon Wright.


Kate Humble and Genevieve TaylorDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September
12.30 – 1.30pm / Venue: Borough Theatre
Tickets: £6.00

Chicken and Egg – Conversation and Cookery with Kate Humble and Genevieve Taylor

Sponsored by:

Abergavenny Music

Former TV colleagues, Kate and Genevieve, discuss their respective quests to bring their lives closer to the logic of nature and the seasons. On a working farm in Monmouthshire, Kate has assembled a group of colleagues to revive and teach the fast disappearing arts of rural living; a story she tells in her new book Humble by Nature. Meanwhile in the city, Genevieve has become a food-writer, gardener and backyard poultry keeper. She demonstrates some dishes from her latest book A Good Egg, a record of a year’s cooking with the seasons and her own hen’s eggs.


Tim Hayward and Jack Adair BevanDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September
12.30 – 1.15pm / Venue: Lion’s Place
Tickets: £6.00

DIY – Tim Hayward and Jack Adair Bevan

Sponsored by:

Straker Chadwick

Tim Hayward makes the case that its time that we all engaged in a little more DIY while Jack Adair Bevan introduces you to his home-made Vermouth. In his new book Food DIY Tim tells you how to make absolutely everything, and if you don’t believe me check out his step-by-step deep-fried turkey video on YouTube. The hip young team behind The Ethicurean restaurant are also enthusiastic experimenters. Within the team, Jack has special responsibility for drinks. Tim is a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet.  Suitable for over 18’s only.


William Chase and Xanthe ClayDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September

2.00 – 3.00pm / Venue: Borough Theatre
Tickets: £6.00

Spirits of Enterprise
William Chase talks to Xanthe Clay with cocktails from Chase Distillery created by Dominic Jacobs

Dominic Jacobs

Sponsored by:

Gliffaes Hotel

The Daily Telegraph food-writer talks to the remarkable William Chase, who built not one but two brilliant brands out of the humble spud. Having sold Tyrrells crisps, he decided to turn potatoes into vodka and he has built Britain’s first seed-to-bottle distillery right there on the farm in Herefordshire. Within two years Chase Vodka won the top award at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, following on from this success he has also started to distil Gin. Dominic Jacobs, bars director at Sketch in London, will show how to turn Chase spirits into elegant cocktails, while the Chasettes will be serving tasters all round.

Complimentary pack of miniatures and tasters for everyone who comes to this event (potato vodka, marmalade vodka and apple-based Williams Chase Gin) – read more on our blog.
Suitable for over 18’s only.


Joe WarwickDydd Sul 22 Medi / Sunday 22 September
2.00 – 2.45pm / Venue: Lion’s Place / Tickets: £5.00

Where do Chefs Eat?

Sponsored by:

Llansantffraed Court Hotel

Joe Warwick talks to Magnus Nilsson and Shaun Hill

Joe Warwick invites two great chefs to chew over the vexed question of guides, stars, critics and crowdsourcing and asks them what they look for when they go out to eat. Joe is the restaurant critic for Metro and the London Magazine. Magnus Nilsson and Shaun HillHe co-founded The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards, and recently compiled the hit guide Where Chefs Eat, based on interviews with 400 chefs worldwide. Magnus Nilsson’s Fäviken in northern Sweden is currently ranked 34th in the world. Shaun Hill holds a Michelin star at The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny. Both have contributed to Joe’s Guide.

Stefan Gates 'Incredible Edibles' – photo Objective Productions

Stefan Gates 'Incredible Edibles'

Alys Fowler

Alys Fowler – a gardener who loves food!

Festival is National Tourism Awards ‘Best Event’ winner!

The National Tourism Awards staged by Visit Wales has confirmed the Abergavenny Food Festival as ‘Best Event’ in Wales in 2013.

Find out more on our blog

National Tourism Awards for Wales 2013

Monmouthshire Business Awards winner 2013

We proud to announce that the Festival has also been awarded 'Winner of Excellence in Environmental and Sustainability'.

Watch a video outlining the Festival's environmental and sustainability record

Monmouthsire Business Awards (logo)

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