What is Abergavenny Food Festival?
Abergavenny Food Festival enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. We are known for being an inclusive and welcoming event, delivering a delicious opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore and learn about food.
Through our outstanding programme of activities, including product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates, we provide the inside track on food issues, offer new ideas about the future of our food and showcase rising stars emerging from the industry.
The Festival prides itself on transforming the way people think about food; challenging and promoting new ideas, pushing the boundaries of current thinking and encouraging people to look differently at where their food comes from.
Over the years the Festival has attracted top food heavyweights such as: Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, Darina Allen, Monica Galetti, Jane Baxter, Jose Pizarro and Valentine Warner, to name but a few. By engaging with influential chefs, commentators and journalists both nationally and internationally, we have grown to become one the highest profile food events in Britain.
So where did it all begin? Abergavenny Food Festival was created in 1999 by two local farmers in response to the BSE crisis and the resulting lack of consumer confidence in British produce. With the outbreak of Foot and Mouth in 2001, the difficulties worsened for farmers and pushed the Festival forward in terms of showcasing the wonderful food we have to offer locally and the passion of the people who produce it.
We cherish our history and remain committed to offering a genuine market experience in the rural setting of our beautiful medieval market town.
In 2019 we attracted more than 35,000 visitors to our small Welsh town, with the festival generating an estimated £4 million impact for the local economy.
As well as inviting leading food influencers to participate in our programme of activity, we carefully select over 200 artisan food producers and caterers to offer our visitors a unique selection of some of the UK’s best food, all in one place.
Abergavenny Food Festival in 2020
Sadly, we were unable to run a live event in 2020 (although we did have some virtual events online), but you can still take a look at our gallery to see what we got up to in 2019.
Abergavenny Food Festival in 2021
The festival will return on 18th and 19th September. If you would like to become one of our brand partners, please get in touch.
Why we need your support
Abergavenny Food Festival is a non-profit organisation that is growing each year.
To make this event a success, and to secure our legacy in the long-term, we need financial support from the businesses and organisations already pioneering alternative ways of thinking about the food we eat. The more support we can gather, the more ambitious our reach, and the more powerful our impact.
How will my business benefit?
Abergavenny Food Festival has grown to be one of the largest food festivals in the country with an audience to match. This provides a unique opportunity for your business to pioneer support for one of the most loved and cutting edge food festivals.
As a not-for-profit organisation we put back what we can into the local community. We ensure that socially responsible ways of working are embedded into our culture and we work with all our sponsors to meet their CSR aspirations.
We grow and maintain powerful, mutually beneficial partnerships by working with sponsors as part of the extended Festival Family. We will work with you to create a partnership that tells your story. We will develop a narrative with you to connect with our audiences.
Sounds great, how can I get involved?
We offer a range of packages for you to get involved, and tailored to suit your needs. To start a sponsorship conversation with us please give us a call or pop us an email:
Kim Waters, Chief Executive: 07863 081303 – email@example.com