Llangollen Food Festival offers Spicy ice cream and beer shampoo

Beer shampoo and spicy ice cream are just a couple of the wonderful but wacky products which will make their debut at the Llangollen Food Festival this year. This is the 14th year of the annual culinary spectacular and it has garnered quite a reputation due to attracting independent and exciting food producers from across Wales and England, and provides a magical day out for all food lovers.

The spicy ice cream, Hellish Relish, described as sizzling with chilli and other spices, comes courtesy of Mon ar Lwy, the award winning Anglesey ice cream makers. Whilst the local Llangollen Brewert will be selling hair products and soaps, with the key ingredient being their Welsh Black Ale.

This year’s festival is being held over the weekend of October 15-16, and there aren’t many food fest that can boast a more picturesque location. The autumnal blaze of colours in the trees and the heather clad hills that overlook the Vale of Llangollen will provide the perfect backdrop for a great day out for the whole family.

Centred on Llangollen’s Pavilion venue, home to the world-famous Musical Eisteddfod, the festival will star Welsh TV chef Dudley Newbery and Graham Tinsley from ITV’s “Taste the Nation” as they share simple home cooking through a series of workshops and demonstrations.

This year’s festival has a back-to-basics theme. Recognising the household spending squeeze, there will be a greater emphasis on grow-your-own ingredients and smarter shopping – how to buy from small, independent traders and save money.

A real ale trail will feature a courtesy shuttle bus linking the festival site with more than a dozen pubs in and around Llangollen.

Festival entry is £5 (under 16s enter free). For more information visit www.llangollenfoodfestival.com