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Abergavenny Food Festival
21 September, 2013 - 22 September, 2013
Monmouthshire, South Wales
The Abergavenny festival - described by the Observer Food Monthly as 'the Glastonbury of food festivals' - promotes the produce of the Welsh Marches, as well as places further afield, in mid-September. It is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2013. In 2010 over 37,000 people attended the weekend festival.
Special areas are dedicated to cheese, local wines and fish, and local restaurants offer samples of 'street food' in the Market Hall. There are talks, debates, book signings, masterclasses and cookery demonstrations, tutored tastings, events for children, walks, appearances by foodie celebrities, live music in the castle and craft stalls.
Passionate food enthusiasts are just one of the attractions of Abergavenny, a pretty market town, which is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons and South Wales. The castle - which is a venue for some of the festival events - is one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in Britain, with an impressive restored keep.