Wales food festivals are growing in popularity year on year.

 

With over 170,000 people working in the food and drink industry in Wales, and generating over £17.3bn to the economy, the Welsh food scene is booming!

If you’re a Foodie, Foodaholic or just someone who loves good food who allows your passion to take you all over the country, then you’re in for a treat with this post.

We have below a list of the best of Wales food festivals for the rest of 2019, along with the most charming places to stay to complete your appetizing experience.

Let’s begin!

September

Wrexham Food and Drink Festival

7th -8th September

There will be over 75 local and regional food producers at the 2019 Wrexham Food and Drink Festival. From the best Welsh meats to sweet fruits, you’ll have your fill of mouth-watering food and drinks.

Along with the live music and a fireworks display, you’ll get the chance to attend the live cooking demos and cookery classes. This food and drink festival is one not to be missed!

Where to stay?

The Hand, Llanarmon

The Hand at Llanarmon is the perfect complement to the Wrexham Food and Drink Festival. Renowned for their award-winning food, and real ale. Make the most of your foodie weekend with countryside strolls to the hidden highest waterfall in Wales.

 

Newtown Food Festival

 

7th– 8th September

On the same weekend, we say hello to the Newtown food festival.

Complete with live local music you’ll get to see some live cookery demonstrations and Mad Hatters Tea Party! Not only does this picturesque countryside event in mid-Wales have delicious food and drinks but it’s also free!

Where to stay?

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa at Llanwddyn

 

Mid-Wales is known for its beauty, and Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa delivers just that. If you fancy total relaxation as you recover from your food coma, then this is the hotel for you.

With breath-taking views looking over the Welsh mountain lake, you’ll feel peace and tranquillity in the Lake Vyrnwy Spa and thermal suite. We recommend the detoxing treatments; they’ll go hand in hand with your foodie binge weekend!

 

 

Conwy Honey Fair

13th September

Repeating year after year on the 13th of September, the Honey Fair pays its homage to bees, going on 700 years strong! Don’t miss out on one of Britain’s oldest food festivals.

With the festival dedicated to honey and beekeeping, you’ll be amazed at the amount of food, drinks and products that will be on offer at this wonderful Honey Fair. Learn from local beekeepers and shop around for Local honey, hive products, candles, polish, soaps and home produce.

Where to stay?

 St George’s Hotel Llandudno

A stunning hotel located right on the seafront. The sea town of Llandudno is not the only attraction when staying at this wonderful hotel. You’ll get to enjoy your breakfast in the Grade II listed Wedgwood Room, where the original architecture will take your breath away. Just like the Conwy Honey Fair, St George’s Hotel impressively serves you all the charm and tradition, in a contemporary and welcoming manner.

Abergavenny Food Festival

21st– 22nd September

 

The infamous Abergavenny Food Festival is back again this year, after celebrating their 20th anniversary, there’s so much more to see this time.

If you’ve never been then there’s no time like the present. Many of Wales’ and the UK’s progressive chefs, food producers and farmers will be there welcoming you with all best British food and drink.

You’ll have real food, real farmers and real chefs, accompanied by live music, street performers and hands-on activities.

 

Where to stay?

Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Crickhowell

Situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, you’ll be immersed in the splendour of the Gliffaes Country House Hotel. The family-run 19th -century house is as every bit welcoming and homely as you’d expect from our famous Welsh hospitality.

The country house is a famous spot for salmon and trout fishing, so immerse yourself in the foodie experience by going back to the basics and getting stuck in with your own catch!

 

Mold Food & Drink Festival, Mold

21st – 22nd September

With its 14th year on the run, the Mold Food and Drink Festival is back with a bang! With cookery theatres, a food science lab, activities, live music, the best produce and exhibitors and leading names in the culinary world- you’ll not want to miss out! There will also be visits from celebrity chefs, MasterChef winner Lisa Faulkner and Anglesey’s Stephen Stevens of Michelin-starred Sosban & The Old Butchers.

 

Where to stay?

Tyddyn Llan, Corwen

Even boasted on the Welsh Rarebits website as “A foodie’s favourite” you can make the most of your food experience while attending the Mold festival and the divine Tyddyn Llan hotel.

This classy Georgian country house takes the dining experience to a whole new level, with many awards and trophies it’s no wonder the restaurant has achieved a Michelin star and ‘Restaurant of the Year’.

 

Narberth Food Festival

28th and 29th September

 

Celebrating its 21st year, the Narberth Food Festival has earned its reputation as ‘one of Britain’s 20 friendliest places. It has something for everyone including activities for children, live music, cookery demos, street theatre and not to forget the delicious food stalls.

Where to stay?

The Corran Resort & Spa, Laugharne

The Corran Resort & Spa is an all-time favourite. With a wide selection from 21 unique and memorable rooms, you’ll find it a rural, charming and sophisticated retreat.

With a friendly welcome, you’ll be impressed with more than just the contemporary rooms and the impeccable service. The food at this hotel is all sourced locally, with a delightful Welsh and contemporary twist! But do try to squeeze in some R&R time at the wondrous Spa, with its dazzling  Beverley Hills starlight ceiling.

 

October

 

Neath Food and Drink Festival

4th – 6th October

The Neath Food and Drink Festival has so much to offer. With over 60 exhibitors over the course of 3 scrumptious days, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to celebrate and enjoy local Welsh produce at its finest.

Where to stay?

The Cawdor, Llandeilo

A wonderful and charismatic boutique hotel, the Cawdor represents perfectly all that signifies a warm Welsh Welcome.

Dating back to 1765, the Cawdor has breathed new life into the Georgian building, aligning a new and contemporary feel, while maintaining all the traditional and charismatic features you would hope to expect.

The hotel is known well within the ‘foodie’ community too, even hosting their own themed ‘foodie’ events, but book fast as tickets sell out quickly!

Newport Food Festival

5th October

With its 9th year in the making, Newport Food Festival is attracting the brightest names in Welsh culinary. With over 75 food and drink stalls to choose from and live music, you’ll not want to miss out on this popular food event in South Wales.

Where to stay?

Lanelay Hall, Pontyclun

Laneley Hall in Pontyclun is a newcomer to the luxury hotel market. With what used to be the Glamorgan Fire Services HQ, the boutique is as every bit interesting as it is charming.

The interior is bang on trend, with vibrant colours, bold prints and accent lighting. Making it the perfect place to stay when you attend the trendy Newport Food Festival.

Llangollen Food Festival, Llangollen Pavilion

19th -20th October

The home place of the International Musical Eisteddfod, Llangollen knows how to run an event. That’s why for the Llangollen Food Festival, the town pulls out all the stops!

Immerse yourself in super fun activities, from pumpkin carving to speed truffle-making, live music, cookery demos and of course the scrumptious food stalls.

Where to stay?

Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel, Oswestry

The Pen-y-Duffryn Country Hotel looks and feels the part! Described by Welsh Rarebits as ‘the haven of good food and hospitality’, you’ll want to book a place here to make the most of your break.

A home-form-home, the country hotel will make you feel relaxed and de-stressed. (Maybe you’ll need it after the speed truffle making!) We also love that this hotel has an adjoining Coach House which is open to guests with pets. You can truly make the most of the weekend with the WHOLE family!

 

Gwledd Conwy Feast

25th– 27th October

Just before Halloween kicks in, head over to the castle at Gweldd Conwy Feast for a wildly popular food festival experience. With its seaside location there are many seafood stalls, accompanied with a wide selection of local Welsh produce.

Where to stay?

Sychnant Pass Country House, Conwy

Set high on a mountain pass, with a formal terrace, the Sychnant Pass Country House overlooks the most incredible scenic Welsh views.

Famous for its modern spa, the Country House doesn’t disappoint. With an indoor heated pool and sauna, the spa experience is complete with the outdoor patio hot tub. We can think of no better way to relax and digest the glorious food from the day’s events under a starry night.

 

Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair

6th– 8th December

The town of Portmeirion is one of Wales most idyllic and celebrated locations, so we think the Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair sounds like the perfect excuse to visit.

With 120 stalls, you can get your unique Christmas gifts complete with wonderful Welsh products and produce on offer. All while enjoying the live music, cookery demos, workshops and Christmas Grotto in the colourful Italianate Village.

Where to stay?

Castle Cottage, Harlech

Known to foodies as the original trendsetter on innovative and delicious local Welsh dishes. The Castle Cottage has won many awards and accolades for its culinary delights. Even putting them on the top 100 UK restaurants listing.

The cottage is designed in a contemporary but traditional way, just like their dishes. If you want to really make the most of your Christmas foodie break, then there really is no other choice than to come to Castle Cottage.

 

There you have it. We hope you enjoyed the list of Wales food festivals recommended by Visit Wales, combined with some of the most incredible Welsh hotels (as awarded by the infamous Welsh Rarebit, Hotels of Distinction collection), for a full passion-filled foodie experience!

 

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