Will the Abergavenny Food Festival Go ahead this Year?
Updated: Jul 2
Finally, something to look forward to! The Abergavenny Food Festival is still planning on going ahead on the weekend of 18th and 19th September.
Organisers want to bring people together to celebrate amazing food in a safe and controlled way by limiting attendants. The organisers are determined to give the food community the support it needs after such trying times, and the team is working hard to cover all eventualities. The festival is vital to the local economy, bringing in an estimated £4 million. The festival also employs over 120 young people over the weekend and supports catering students by giving them work experience in the kitchens.
For those hoping to attend, tickets will not be available on the day. All tickets are to be pre-sold so that attendance can be limited to a safe number. Stroller tickets will cost £10 for a wristband and can be bought from 1st June online or in person at EH Accountancy, 1 Horsingtons Yard, Abergavenny. Tickets will be non-refundable, but a free Abergavenny Food Festival magazine will be included with tickets and you’ll be entered into a foodie raffle with the chance to win some terrific prizes such as signed food books, hampers, restaurant meals, getaway breaks, and courses too. Stroller tickets will give you the opportunity to see special guest performers on the dem stage such as Matt Tebbutt and Olly Smith (BBC Saturday Kitchen), Chetna Makhan (Youtube channel: Food with Chetna), Chris Harrod (The Whitebrook Michelin-star Restaurant, Monmouth), Jane Baxter (cook, writer and co-proprietor of the Wild Artichokes Kitchen, Kingsbridge), Vanessa Kimbell (Sourdough School, Northampton) and Poppy O'Toole (Famous for her numerous potato recipes on TikTok, ‘Poppy Cooks’ is to be published by Bloomsbury in September), plus popular Barry-based Hang Fire girls, Sam and Shauna, trailblazers of the ‘slow ’n’ low’ BBQ revolution. Keep an ear out for more guests and to stay updated with what they’ll be cooking up. If circumstances change and the festival has to move online, the stroller ticket will still give you direct access. Tickets for the Party at The Castle are £20, and will take place on the Saturday with live bands and great food. These tickets will be refundable as online circumstances would not allow the party to go forward. Tickets are limited and this is always a sell out, so get your tickets quick!
The Abergavenny Food Festival has grown over the years from an audience of 3,000 visitors, to become the largest food festival in Wales with over 35,000 attendees in 2019. The 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. Abergavenny Food Festival is an inclusive and welcoming event, a place for all food lovers to come together and explore the fine foods that Wales and the rest of the UK have to offer. The organisers say ‘The Festival aims to transform 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.’ Activities for this year’s festival include product tastings, kids’ workshops, 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.
Information correct at the time of writing