If you are seeking an immersive experience this September and seeking a special time full of feasting and celebration then you are in luck, as on the 15th and 16th of September you will be able to visit the 2012 Abergavenny Food Festival.
Food is the major feature of the festival of course, and there will be more than 200 exhibitors from Wales, the Marches and beyond, who have been hand picked to be in attendance.
These exhibitors will include award winners from ‘Wales the True Taste’, so make sure you bring plenty of bags to this brilliant family day out and take the True Taste trail yourself. A really good food festival needs more elements to bring both depth and piquancy to the event, and Abergavenny boasts 42.
Some of the culinary world’s highest esteemed names will be in attendance in September. These are seen as real crusaders, whose mission is to inspire, then motivate, and ultimately encourage experimentation in the kitchen. The ticketed events programme has been crafted by their programme director Martin Orbach, and is designed to let you dive in and take your pick of what is on offer including free wine masterclasses and food sampling.
There are two run-up events. On Thursday night it’s time for the annual Festival Fanfare Feast in the Market Hall; Latin-American flavours on the palate and scorching moves on the dance-floor.
Friday night’s offering is cool and classy with The Chocktail Party – a choice combo of spirits and chocolates with luxury chocolatier Marc Demarquette and James Chase of Chase Distillery, plus sleight-of-hand from Harvey Nicols’ bar manager/mixologist Dom Jacobs too. All in the fabulous Homes of Elegance showrooms. Go for it. You’ve got the night to recover.
An authentic Indian breakfast might help. Try the festival’s pop-up-restaurant and get the Purple Poppadom experience with chef Anand George, award-winner ‘Welsh Curry House of the Year.’ Then hit the streets. From markets to masterclasses all the action is in the centre of Abergavenny. It’ll be easy to get round with a complimentary Festival Guide, (free with stroller wristband).
The special events programme kicks off with a session from ace baker Richard Bertinet on how to make the perfect pastry. Learn how to do it yourself and puff up with pride. Join Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, the brilliant creative duo behind the fabulous Ottolenghi restaurants. Get a feel for the cultural melting pot that is Jerusalem, their home city, buy their brand new ‘Jerusalem Cookbook’ and recreate the flavours in your own home.