Discover our Food Festivals in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Come and discover the best local food and drink that the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean has to offer at our annual famous food festivals.


Abergavenny Food Festival


Over the last 18 years, Abergavenny Food Festival has grown to become the largest, longest running food festival in Wales, being held on 16th and 17th September 2017.

The event enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. It is 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 the outstanding programme of activities, including product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates, the Festival provides 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.


Forest Showcase Food Festival


The Forest Showcase Food & Drink Festival is back in The Speech House Hotel grounds on Sunday 1st October 2017.

The recipe for the weekend? ……..well take over 100 top local and artisan producers, a big serving of stunning hot food, add a dash of real ale and wine, interesting talks, parent & child cookery lessons and lots of children’s activities, top chef demos, stir in a competition or two with lashings of excellent live music,  and arts & crafts, mix together to make a lovely foodie family day out.

Each year there is a wealth of free cookery demonstrations designed to get you cooking with hints, tips, and secrets from the experts. There are also regular Artisan Foodie talks and cookery workshops for you to get involved with!

The Forest Showcase Food & Drink Festival has attracted lots of producers showcasing the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink. It’s a great opportunity to get a real taste of the best of the Forest of Dean & surrounding areas – sample, enjoy and buy.

With Great Britain’s amazing mix of cultures and cuisines we thought it would be a shame to overlook some more exotic elements – so you can try Persian, Indian, Mexican as well as pulled pork, prime steak, and the best local burgers and sausages, for those with more traditional tastes!

After you’ve done your foodie shopping, sit out enjoying tasty hot food, a refreshing drink (or two), with great live music in the stunning surroundings.

The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.


Monmouthshire Food Festival

Monmouthshire Food Festival at Caldicot Castle May 2017

Monmouthshire Food Festival is held twice a year in the glorious surroundings of Caldicot Castle in rural Monmouthshire, close by the Wye Valley and the Wales Coast Path. It is a fabulous foodie day out for the whole family with demonstrations, talks, tastings and lots of food and drink to try and buy.

After all Monmouthshire is the Food Capital of Wales!

This Autumn’s event is being held on 14th and 15th October 2017

The Demonstration Theatre features many of Monmouthshire’s finest chefs giving a taste of the county’s hotels and restaurants. They showcase the finest food the county has to offer in dishes that show both flair and imagination, a positive treat for the taste buds.

The Look and Learn Theatre features master classes, tutored tastings and demonstrations on a wide range of food and drinks. Meet the producers of the finest local food and drink. The Family Quarter offers foodie fun for our younger and not so young visitors. The Producers Market is full of delicious food and drink. Try a pint of craft beer brewed just a mile from the Castle’s drawbridge, some preserves made with locally foraged hedgerow fruit or perhaps some other treats for a picnic in the Castle’s Country Park.



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