Tastes from all over the world at festival’s food stalls

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Crowds line the streets for Abergavenny Food Festival 2015 PICTURE: Huw John Photography

Visitors can buy food from almost every corner of the world at Abergavenny Food Festival.

Here is the full list of food and drink stallholders at this year’s festival:

STREETFOOD

AaHaan Thai
www.aahaanthai.com

American Street Food Limited
facebook.com/dixiekitchenUK

Boontatoo Thai food
Fresh cooked Thai food by Boontatoo Thai restaurant in Abergavenny

Bubble&
www.bubbleand.co.uk

Cafe Spice Namaste (Castle)
www.cafespice.co.uk / www.mrtodiwala.com

The Cheese Truck Ltd

www.thecheesetruck.co.uk

 

Crabtree Catering (Crofters)
Shawarma lamb, chermoula steak, hallumi and aubergines with harrisa onion.

 

The Crepe Escape
Crepes

Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company
www.dustyknucklepizza.co.uk

Glamorgan Vale Hog Roast Ltd
www.specialisthogroast.co.uk
Hang Fire Smokehouse
www.hangfiresmokehouse.com
La Bonne Crepe
www.labonnecrepe.co.uk
La Ffroga
www.facobook.com/laffroga
Iberico Jack
www.ibericojack.org
Meat And Greek
info@meatandgreek.co.uk
The Poffertjes Co
www.poffertjes.co.uk
Purple Poppadom
www.purplepoppadom.com
Sir Ollie’s
www.sirollies.co.uk
The Spanish Buffet
www.thespanishbuffet.co.uk
The Welsh Creperie Co
www.thewelshcreperie.co.uk

fruit and vegetables
Tomatoes on sale PICTURE: Tim Woodier

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Court Farm & Leisure
www.courtfarmleisure.co.uk

The Garlic Farm
www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk

Llanvihangel Crucorney Fruit Farm
www.llanvifarm.co.uk

The Onion Man – Breton onions from a bicycle

Paul’s Organic Veg

Riverford Organic
www.riverford.co.uk

Sea Spring Seeds
www.seaspringseeds.co.uk
The Strawberry Stop
www.thestrawberrystop.co.uk

The Tomato Stall
www.thetomatostall.co.uk
COOKED AND CURED MEATS

Bellota
Spanish foods.

Charcutier Ltd
www.charcutier.co.uk

The Cotswold Curer Ltd
www.thecotswoldcurer.co.uk

Flyford Food Co LLP
www.bighornbiltong.co.uk
Forest Pig Charcuterie
www.forestpig.com

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company
www.handmadescotcheggs.co.uk

Morgans Family Butchers
Beef and lamb steaks, gold award beefburgers in a fresh bread roll.

Native Breeds Charcuterie LLP
www.nativebreeds.co.uk

The Parsons Nose
www.theparsonsnose.com

The Real Boar Co & Wessex Wild Plum Co
www.therealboar.co.uk / www.wessexwildplumcompany.co.uk

Sam’s Meat Roasts
Home bred and reared Wild Boar X hog roast, Water Buffalo and burgers

Trealy Farm Charcuterie
www.trealyfarm.com

FRESH MEAT & GAME

Bocaddon Farm Veal
www.bocaddonfarmveal.com

The Cooking Cooks Italian Kitchen (Castle)
Delicious Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients

Chestnut Meats
www.chestnutmeats.co.uk

Edwards of Conwy
Traditional Welsh award winning master butcher

Glam Lamb
www.glamlamb.co.uk

Neil Powell Master Butchers
www.neilpowell.co.uk

Penmincae Welsh Black Beef & Lamb
Welsh black beef or lamb, roast or burger in freshly baked rolls.

Seasons
www.naturalgame.co.uk

Welsh Venison Centre
www.beaconsfarmshop.co.uk

POULTRY & WILDFOWL

Madgetts Farm Poultry
www.madgettsfarm.co.uk

Monmouthshire Turkeys
www.monmouthshireturkeys.co.uk

Postance Poultry
Fresh free-range duck.

VEGETARIAN

Aphrodite’s Food
www.aphroditesfood.com

The Gourmet Gardener
www.thegourmetgardener.co.uk

Mela Street Food
Indian wraps and street foods.

The Parsnipship
https://theparsnipship.co.uk/

PommePommeFoods (Castle)
www.facebook.com/pommepommefoodies

CHEESE

Abergavenny Fine Foods Ltd (Sponsor)
www.abergavenny.uk.com

Bath Soft Cheese
www.parkfarm.co.uk

The Blaenafon Cheddar Co Ltd
Family business producing hand made Welsh cheddars and goats’ cheeses.

Caws Cenarth Ltd
www.cawscenarth.co.uk

Charles Martell & Son Ltd
www.charlesmartell.com

Emilia Ltd
www.emiliauk.london

Godminster
www.godminster.com

La Cave a Fromage
www.la-cave.co.uk

Quickes Traditional Ltd
www.quickes.co.uk

Snowdonia Cheese Co Ltd
www.snowdoniacheese.co.uk

Teifi Cheese & Da Mhile Distillery
www.teificheese.co.uk

White Lake Cheese
www.whitelake.co.uk

Worthy Cheddar
www.worthycheddar.co.uk
FISH & SEAFOOD

Black Mountains Smokery
www.smoked-foods.co.uk

Devon Fishcakes
www.devonfishcakes.com

Dylan’s Restaurant
Hot seafood and shellfish dishes with produce sourced from North Wales.

Emilia Ltd
www.emiliauk.london

Mighty Soft Shell Crab
www.themightysoftshellcrab.com

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co
www.beachfood.co.uk

Swshi
www.swshi.co.uk

Vin Sullivan Foods (The Fish Shack)
Seafood bar

The Wrap Shack
www.thewrapshack.co.uk
BREADS & BAKED GOODS

Baked By Mel
www.barabrith.co

The Bertinet Bakery
www.bertinet.com

Caroline’s Real Bread Company
www.carolinesrealbreadcompany.co.uk

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits
www.cradocs.co.uk

Earth Ovens
www.earthovens.co.uk

Hobbs House Bakery
www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk

Little Welsh Deli
Award winning artisan company producing handmade pasties and cakes.

Market Bakery Abergavenny
Local Bakery

Popty Cara
www.poptycara.co.uk

Riverside Sourdough
www.riversidesourdough.co.uk

Shellys Food
Welsh butter shortbread

PIES

Brocklebys
www.brocklebys.co.uk

Elm Tree Foods
www.elmtreefoods.com

Legges of Bromyard
www.leggesofbromyard.com

Old Granary Pierogi
Lovingly handcrafted yeast dough cases filled with gourmet stuffings

Plenty Pastry Ltd
www.plentypies.co.uk

Snowdrop Cottage Fine Foods
snowdropcottagefinefoods.blogspot.co.uk

Tom’s Pies
www.toms-pies.co.uk

OLIVES & OIL

Avlaki Ltd
www.oliveoilavlaki.com

Cotswold Gold
www.cotswoldgold.co.uk

The Olive Press
www.theolivepress.co.uk

The Olive Shop
www.theoliveshopltd.com

Olives & Things

RSPB Cymru
www.rspb.org.uk
RSPB Love Nature extra-virgin rapeseed oil. Give Nature a Home herbs.

 

SAUCES, PICKLES & CHUTNEYS

Bim’s Kitchen
www.bimskitchen.com

Cibus Terrae Ltd
www.tondaterra.co.uk

Forage Fine Foods
www.foragefinefoods.com

Mr Todiwala’s Pickles & Chutneys
www.cafespice.co.uk

Patchwork Traditional Food Company
www.patchwork-pate.co.uk

Peperoncino
www.peperoncino.co.uk

Purely Pickled Eggs
www.purelypickledeggs.co.uk

SA Sauces Ltd
www.sasauces.co.uk

Sabor de Amor
www.sabordeamor.com

Seren Foods
www.seren-foods.co.uk

Sim’s Food Ltd
Producers of gluten free mixes, pickles, chutneys, dressings.

Tigg’s Dressings
www.tiggitup.co.uk

Tracklements
www.tracklements.co.uk

Upton Cheyney Chilli Company Ltd
Multi award winning UK chilli farm, selling sauces and chilli kits.

Usk River
www.uskriver.co.uk

The Wasabi Company
www.thewasabicompnay.co.uk
SEEDS, NUTS & DRIED FRUIT

Franchi Seeds of Italy
www.seedsofitaly.com

Hot Roasted Nuts
hotcookednuts@hotmail.com

Ludlow Nut Co
ludlownut.co.uk

Wil’s Smokehouse
www.wilssmokehouse.co.uk

HONEY, JAMS & MARMALADES

Claire’s Kitchen
Award winning quality preserves produced at home in small batches.

Coedcanlas
www.coedcanlas.com

Hilltop Honey
www.hilltop-honey.com

Little Grandma’s Kitchen
www.littlegrandmaskitchen.co.uk

Miranda’s Preserves
www.mirandas-preserves.co.uk

Miss Daisy’s Kitchen
www.missdaisyskitchen.co.uk

Radnor Preserves
www.radnorpreserves.com

Wild Flower Honey Company
www.wildflowerhoney.wales
HERBS, SPICES & CONDIMENTS

Anglesey Sea Salt Company
www.halenmon.com

Herbal Connections
www.herbalconnections.co.uk

Kitchen Flowers
www.kitchenflowers.co.uk

LittlePod
www.littlepod.co.uk

Petals of the Valley
www.petalsofthevalley.co.uk

The Preservation Society
www.thepreservationsociety.co.uk

Sorai
www.sorai.co.uk

Wiltshire Chilli Farm
www.justchillies.co.uk

The Wasabi Company
www.thewasabicompany.co.uk

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars
www.womersleyfoods.co.uk

 

CAKES & PATISSERIES 

The Angel Hotel
www.angelabergavenny.com
Chock Shop
www.chockshop.co.uk
The Chocolate Brownie Company
www.chocbrownieco.co.uk
Churros Con Chocolate
www.lovely-churros.co.uk
Flower and White Ltd
www.flowerandwhite.co.uk
Gower Cottage Brownies
www.gowercottagebrownies.co.uk
Isabel’s Bakehouse
www.isabelsbakehouse.com
Love at First Bake
www.loveatfirstbake.co.uk
Love Patisserie
Delicious coffee and French-stlye sweet tarts, hand made in Hay-on-Wye.

The M’hencha Company
www.themhenchacompany.co.uk
Narnas
www.narnaschocolates.co.uk
So Cocoa
www.sococoa.co.uk

CONFECTIONARY

Barry Colenso Chocolates
www.barrycolenso.co.uk
Black Mountain Gold Chocolate
www.blackmountainchocolate.org

 

Cocoa Magic
100% handmade chocolates with character and packed full of flavour.

 

Cocoa Runners
www.cocoarunners.com
Cottage Sweets
www.cottagesweets.co.uk
Fuffle from Fudgeheaven
www.fufflec.o.uk
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn
www.joeandsephs.co.uk
Mayhawk
www.mayhawk.co.uk
NOMNOM Chocolate
www.nomnom.cymru
The Old Chapel Fudge Co

 

The Raw Chocolate Pie Company
www.rawchocpie.co.uk

 

Sue Gilmour Ltd
www.suegilmour.co.uk

ICE CREAM

Cowpots
www.cowpotsicecream.co.uk
The Hive Honey Ice Cream
www.thehiveaberaeron.com
Popcycle
www.popcycle.uk
Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice cream
www.rowlestonecourt.co.uk
Science Cream Ltd
www.sciencecream.co.uk
Shepherds Ice Cream
www.shepherdsicecream.co.uk
Wild Fig
www.wildfigfarm.co.uk

PUDDINGS & DESSERTS

The Pudding Shop
www.thepuddingshop.co.uk

 

 

NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Breckland Orchard
www.brecklandorchard.co.uk
Celtic Vale Natural Mineral Water
www.celticvale.co.uk
The Fresh Lemonade Co
Fresh lemonade and cocktails!

 

Hollow Ash Orchard
www.hollow-ash.co.uk

 

The Lemonade Lady
Freshly squeezed lemonade

 

Llanllyr Source
www.llanllyrsource.com
Shocka’s Coconut Hub
Freshly-chopped coconut water alongside alcoholic Shocktails mix

 

Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice
www.welshfarmhouseapplejuice.co.uk

 

Yarty Cordials
www.yartycordials.com

SPIRITS & LIQUERS

Bramley and Gage Ltd
Chase Distillery Ltd
www.chasedistillery.co.uk
Da Mhile Distillery
www.damhile.co.uk
Moorland Spirit Company
www.hepplegin.com
Pinkster Gin
www.pinkstergin.com

 

Sam Sake
www.samsake.com
The Shack Revolution
www.theshackrevolution.co.uk
Sibling Distillery
www.siblingdistillery.com
Tipsy Fruit Gins
www.tipsyfruitgins.co.uk
Warner Edwards Distillery
www.warneredwards.com
TEA & COFFEE

Chantler Teas
www.chantlerteas.co.uk
The Coffee Camper
www.thecoffeecamper.com
The Coffee Gondola
www.thecoffeegondola.com
Delicia Cakes & Teas
Cakes and loose leaf teas.

 

Handlebar Barista
www.handlebarbarista.com
Moo & Two
Passionate tea lovers, fanatic even; delicious coffee too.

 

Sherston Tea Company
www.sherstontea.com
Tea People
www.teapeople.co.uk
Welsh Coffee Company
www.welshcoffee.com

WINE

Bordeaux Undiscovered
www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk
Cwm Deri Vineyard
www.cwm-deri.co.uk
Frome Valley Vineyard
www.fromevalleyvineyard.co.uk
Gilbies
www.gilbies.co.uk
Serravinci Ltd
www.serravinci.co.uk
Viader Vintners
www.viader.co.uk

 

BEER & CIDER

Apple County Cider Co
www.applecountycider.co.uk
Blaengawney Farm (Hallet’s Cider)
www.halletsrealcider.co.uk
Bland’s Cider
www.blandscider.com
Brecon Brewing
www.breconbrewing.co.uk
Butford Organics
www.butfordorganics.co.uk
Gwatkin Cider Company
www.gwatkincider.co.uk
Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider
www.gwyntcider.com
Llangollen Brewery
www.llangollenbrewery.com
Skyborry Cider and Perry
www.skyborrycider.co.uk
Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
http://www.tinyrebel.co.uk
Tudor Brewery
www.tudorbrewery.co.uk
Ty Gwyn Cider
www.tygwyncider.co.uk
Untapped Brewing Company
www.untappedbrew.com
Welsh Mountain Cider
www.welshmountaincider.com
Williams Brothers Cider
www.cider.wales
Wye Valley Brewery
www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk
CEREALS 

Casa del Cymru
www.casadelcymru.co.uk

 

Simplyseedz Ltd
www.simplyseedz.co.uk

 

DAIRY 

Calon Wen Organic Dairy
www.calonwen-cymru.com
Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy
www.villagedairy.co.uk
READY MEALS

Coconut Chilli
www.coconutchilli.com
SEEDS, NUTS & DRIED FRUIT

Franchi Seeds 1783
www.seedsofitaly.com
Hodmedod
www.hodmedods.co.uk
Hotroastednuts
Cinammon roasted nuts and Italian licquorice sticks

 

Wild Trail
www.wildtrail.co.uk
Willy Chase’s Popcorn
www.willychases.co.uk
Wils Smokehouse
Smoked organic gluten free foods with attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abergavenny Food Festival is a feast for visitors

 

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Cyrus Todiwala PICTURE: Huw John Photography

 

From top chefs and food writers to TV presenters and a former star of the Great British Bake Off – this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival will be a feast for its tens of thousands of visitors.

Last year’s event attracted 30,000 people, and this year’s festival will run from Friday night (September 16) to Sunday.

This year’s line-up has a taste of cooking from India, Italy, France, Spain, Malaysia, Poland, Japan, Korea, and the UK.

MasterChef: The Professionals presenter and former Le Gavroche senior sous chef Monica Galetti talks about her new book, The Skills, and stages a masterclass at the Borough Theatre on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Abergavenny Food Festival favourite Cyrus Todiwala will be at the Borough Theatre showing visitors how to get 120 dishes out of 10 spices with recipes from his new book, Mr Todiwala’s Spice Box. The chef, restaurateur, and author has been called the UK’s best Indian chef.

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jose Pizzaro will share culinary secrets from his new book, Basque, during a session at the Borough Theatre on Saturday.

Founder of the Riverford Field Kitchen, Jane Baxter, will give a taste of her new book, Leon Happy Salads, at the Masonic Hall on Sunday.

 

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Tim McDougall

 

What To Eat Now star Valentine Warner returns to the festival with new fish recipes at the Priory Centre on Sunday, and Llansantffraed Court chef Tim McDougall will be demonstrating recipes with Usk Valley beef, Monmouthshire lamb, and Bristol Channel sea bass at the Priory Centre on Sunday.

If you’ve been diagnosed as a coeliac, Naomi Devlin will be holding a masterclass at the Priory Centre on Saturday called River Cottage Gluten Free. She will be preparing some of the 120 recipes in her book – which don’t compromise on taste.

Miss Foodwise blog editor Regina Ysewijn will prepare 17th Century puddings from her book, Pride and Pudding, at the Masonic Hall on Saturday.

You could learn Japanese cooking with food writer and chef Kimiko Barber at the Borough Theatre on Saturday.

 

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Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn

 

Or you could pick up expert barbecue tips from the dynamic funders of the Hang Fire Smokehouse at the Priory Centre on Saturday. Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn will also be sharing tales of their cooking misadventure from their book, Recipes and Adventures in American BBQ.

 

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Richard Burr

 

Builder-turned-baker Richard Burr, a finalist in last year’s Great British Bake Off, will tell you how to be a star baker during a session at the Masonic Hall on Saturday. He will demonstrate recipes from his first cookbook, Bake It Yourself.

Norman Musa will demonstrate recipes from his book Amazing Malaysian at the Priory Centre on Saturday, Marie Cheong-Thong and Jon Old will be talking about sake and wasabi at the Masonic Hall on Saturday, and Eleonara Galasso will talk about modern Roman cuisine at the Priory Centre on Saturday.

Vegetarians will find a feast of ideas from Alice Hart when she talks about her new book The Modern Vegetarian at the Masonic Hall on Saturday.

Also on the bill: pop-up restaurateurs Terry and George; food writer William Sitwell; writer and recipe developer Eleanor Ford; Zuza Zak; Brad McDonald; Martha Collison.

The festival features a packed programme of forages and tours, tutored tastings, and sessions at the Artisan Kitchen School.

See the full list of exhibitors here.

Find out more about the festival here.

Ble i fwyta yn Y Fenni dros yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol

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Byddwch yn dod i’r Fenni am yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr wythnos yma? Croeso!
Dw i wedi byw yn Y Fenni am bymtheng mlynedd – a dyma rhai o’r lleoedd gorau i fwyta o gwmpas y dref:

The Hardwick, yn Hardwick ger Y Fenni
Mae’r cogydd Stephen Terry’n enwog am ddefnyddio mwyd lleol. Mae’r bwyd yr Hardwick yn syml ac yn flasus iawn. Rhaid i chi archebu bwrdd ‘na – mae’r Hardwick yn boblogaidd iawn gydag ymwelwyr a phobol leol.

The Angel, Stryd y Croes
Mae’r Angel yn enwog am fwyta gwych a the yn y prynhawn. Dewiswch o’r fwydlen a la carte, neu archebu bwrdd am de gyda brechdanau gwych a chacennau.

Marches Deli, Heol Nevill
Perffaith am brynu cigoedd a chawsai lleol, gwînau o Sir Fynwy, brechdanau, a photelau’r cwrw Iechyd Da.

Gurkha Corner, Stryd Nevill
Bwyd o Nepal ydy’r arbenigedd y bwyty yma. Trio’r ‘daal bhat’ (reis a chorbys) ac yr ‘achar’ (siytni).
Mae’r cogydd yn paratoi’r perlysiau a sbeisys yn forter carreg a phestl, fel sy’n draddodiadol yn Nepal Mae hwn yn gan roi blas unigryw i’r fwyd.

Fig Tree Espresso, Stryd Nevill
Coffi gwych, te, tartenni sawrus, a chacennau blasus.

Hoffi Coffi, Stryd Nevill
Caffi newydd sy’n gweini coffi, te, cacennau, a brechdanau.

The Trading Post, Stryd Nevill
Coffi gwych, te, brechdanau ffres, a chacennau.

Cwtch Café, Stryd y Croes
Coffi a the da, cacennau gwych, ac mae’r caffi yma’n enwog am grempogau.

Luigi’s, Stryd y Croes
Caffi traddodiadol Eidaleg sy’n gweini te, coffi, cwrw, gwin, a mwyd Cymraeg ac Eidaleg.

Boonta Too, Stryd y Croes
Bwyty Thai poblogaidd iawn gyda’r bobl Sir Fynwy ydy Boonta Too. Does dim trwydded alcohol am y bwyty yma – felly rhaid i chi ddod â chwrw neu gwîn.

For The Love Of Cake, Stryd Frogmore
Caffi anhygwyl sy’n gweini te, coffi, brechdanau, a chacennau a gwneud â llaw.

Lazy Days Café, Stryd Frogmore
Mae’r caffi’n drws nesaf i siop cigydd ac yn enwog am cigaoedd – yn frechdanau a chiniawau rhost.

Pizzorante, Stryd y Farchnad
Bwyty gwych am bitsa – poblogaidd iawn gyda’r bobl Y Fenni.
Ac ar y maes…

Edrychwch am y cwrw’r Eisteddfod Genedlaethol ar werth ar y maes o’r bragdy Mad Dog. Cwrw coch gyda’r blas o siocled ac sydd oren ydy Iechyd Da. Darllenwch mwy am Mad Dog ac yr Eisteddfod yma.

Digwyddiadau’r wythnos.

Mad Dog Brewing has the recipe for success

 

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Alexis Jones

Passionate brewer Alexis Jones has been cooking up a great 2016 for his company, Mad Dog Brewing.

The Goytre company is currently brewing the official beer for the National Eisteddfod 2016 which will be staged in nearby Abergavenny. Europe’s biggest cultural festival is expected to welcome 160,000 visitors between July 29 and August 6.

He’s also poised to take on his first two staff, both experienced brewers, and to expand into a nearby unit as his business grows. He also has plans to open a family venue in Abergavenny.

The company’s beers can now be bought across South Wales. Mad Dog Brewing supplies Wetherspoon’s pubs from Llanelli in the west to the English border in Monmouthshire.

It’s a DIY success story born from home-brewing in his kitchen after watching a number of videos on YouTube. After learning his trade, qualifying in microbiology for brewing, and working for a brewery in Caerphilly, he started his own company just two years ago.

Now, he’s begun his eight brews of the Eisteddfod beer Iechyd Da, a red ale which tastes of oranges and chocolate and has a spicy finish on the tongue.

“It’s clean and crisp and is 4.1%,” he says.

The beer has a lower AVB than some other craft ales because it is designed to be a refreshing drink for the Eisteddfod maes, where Mad Dog will have a bar. It will also be sold in bars in South Wales.

The brewery is making 160 casks for the festival, along with 1,000 500ml bottles.

Iechyd Da will be launched at The Bridge in Llanfoist on June 4 – and Alexis will also be showing off one of his most popular beers, Bohemian Hipster.

“I was asked to brew the beer by Monmouthshire Council. When I first got the email, I thought it was a wind-up, but I went to a meeting two days later and found out it was serious,” Alexis says.

“As well as having a bar on the Eisteddfod field, we’ll be staging a brewing demonstration on the first Saturday of the festival.”

The event will provide a huge audience for Mad Dog’s beers – and a massive boost to the company’s profile.

The secret to Mad Dog’s success is the fact Alexis is a perfectionist who uses unusual and local produce, like juniper berries and granola, as part of the brewing process to create unusual and delicious tastes.

 

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Brewing begins on Iechyd Da

 

The brewery carries out a pilot brew on its ales as they perfect the recipes, ensuring all its beers meet Alexis’s exacting standards. Even its used mash doesn’t go to waste – it becomes cattle feed for a nearby beef farm.

The brewery is planning its own beer festival with guest ales from around the UK in September at its site in Goytre, to raise funds for mental health charity MIND.

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In July, Mad Dog will also be involved in a ‘tap takeover’ at Cardiff’s Urban Tap House, and Alexis is in the process of planning a Christmas event too.

“Our two new brewers start work in the next few months, which will help us meet the growing demand for our beers,” Alexis says.

He can’t reveal more details about his plan for an Abergavenny venue as yet – watch this space!

For more details about Mad Dog’s beers go to http://maddogbrew.co.uk/

Maria Williams is a copywriter, professional blogger, and PR for small business: www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk

Show some love with a lasting gift for your foodie this Valentine’s Day

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If a box of chocolates simply won’t hack it this Valentine’s Day, Welsh food and drink experts have some perfect ideas for lasting gifts:

For the wine lover

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White Castle vineyard near Abergavenny has a scheme where you can adopt a vine for your loved-one. That gives them a personalised certificate of adoption valid for a year, a plaque with their name on their adopted vine, a conducted vineyard tour for two people to include a glass of wine to toast the adopted vine, and the chance to join owners Robb and Nicola Merchant at harvest to handpick the grapes from your adopted vine.

The package also includes a bottle of wine from your adopted grape variety to take home and a warm welcome to events taking place throughout the year at The Cellar Door.The price is £45.00 Contact Robb or Nicola on 01873 821443 or email: info@whitecastlevineyard.com. See more details here.

For the chocolate lover

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Book a chocolate tasting and making course at Black Mountain Gold based in Crickhowell.

Your loved one can join a three-hour course for £85, or have a one-to-one workshop with master chocolatier Jules for £250. The courses include an introduction to truffle making, tempering, hand rolling and piping ganache, enrobing and detailing, using dipping forks, mouthfeel and cocoa butter, and chocolate moulding techniques. To book and pay for your place please call the shop on 01873 812362. See more details here.

For the fish lover

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Book  your Valentine a Welsh fish and shellfish cookery course at Bodnant Welsh Foods at Conwy.

The course teaches people how to cook and prepare sustainably-sourced fish and learn techniques such as skinning, filleting and boning. For lunch your Valentine will try the fish and shellfish they have cooked and pair them with matching wines from Bodnant’s onsite wine cellar.

 

The next course is on February 27. Your Valentine will learn to cook lobster bisque, citrus cured salmon, poached pollock and black curry powder, halibut wellington and baked scallops and coconut. The day course costs £115. See more details here.

For the cake and bread lover 

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Your Valentine can hone their baking skills at a half day bakes and cakes course at The Culinary Cottage at Pandy, Abergavenny.

The course will cover beer and soda bread, sweet and savoury pastries, and a chocolate genache-covered creation. The half day course cost £65. See more details here.

For the meat lover

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Book your Valentine a place at a Weber Essential course at Angela Grey’s Cookery School in Llanerch Vineyard, Vale of Glamorgan. The course teaches American barbecue, low ‘n’ slow cooking and smokehouse cuisine skills, creating deliciously authentic dishes from scratch. Dishes will include barbecued beef brisket and a side of signature slaw, spicy buffalo wings with gorgonzola dip, stacked ribs, and Bourbon and smoked bacon chocolate brownies.

During the four hours, your Valentine will get hands on with an array of different meats, expand your cooking repertoire on the barbecue and also use the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. The cost is £129. See more details here.

For the veggie lover

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Your Valentine will love the vibrant veggie recipes taught at Kather’s  Kitchen cookery school in Monmouthshire. The dishes will be seasonal The day course costs £85 per person. Call 01292 650801 to book. See more details here.

Maria Williams is a journalist, copywriter, and professional blogger www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk

 

 

UPDATED: Sup a new red ale to support Wales in the Six Nations

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UPDATE: Monmouthshire brewery Mad Dog has been chosen to create the official beer for this year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.

Founder Alexis Jones says the decision was made by Monmouthshire County Council and the Eisteddfod board. The ale will use Welsh ingredients, and, like its Six Nations ale, it will be red.

Cwrw Steddfod will be available in cask and bottles in pubs in Mid and South Wales, and there are plans for a brewing demonstration at the July event.

Six Nations ale goes red for Wales:

If you want to show your Six Nations support for the Welsh rugby team while supping a local craft ale, the Mad Dog brewery has come up with your perfect tipple.

The brewery based in Penperlleni near Abergavenny has brewed a Welsh cask ale called Scrum Sox which it is distributing to a select group of pubs. In honour of Warren Gatland’s side, it’s red.

Brewer Alexis Jones says the ale is made using chocolate rye malt, which gives it the distinctive colour.

“I’ve made about 1,000 litres, and it will be available in the Boar’s Head, Brecon, the Horseshoe in Mamhilad, and the John Fielding in Cwmbran,” he said.

Mad Dog has made a name for itself by creating delicious craft ales from unusual ingredients, many of which are sourced locally. Its All Day Breakfast granola stout, available between October and March, uses handmade granola from the Wye Valley.

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Afternoon Sunshine, which has citrus notes, is an American Pale ale which is dry-hopped to the finish. Alexis said this is to give the beer “extra bark”.

Full-bodied stout John Peel, available between September and March, is infused with fresh orange peel, and is named after one of Alexis’ musical heroes.

“I listened to John Peel’s programme when I used to drive a truck,” he said.

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Submissible Anarchy, available between September and March, is a golden crafted ale made with local honey, and added flavours of citrus and juniper berries.

A keen home brewer whose passion for creating beer was re-ignited by YouTube videos, Alexis learned his craft at Caerphilly’s Celt Experience brewery. He also completed a microbiology course in beer at Brew Lab.

He started Mad Dog Brewing Company Ltd in October 2014, initially creating four beers from his home kitchen – Afternoon Sunshine, Bark Like A Bird, Dirty Dog, and Now In A Minute.

He moved the brewery to a unit in Penperlleni in February 2015. The business has taken off, and now he’s expanding, and hopes to take on two members of staff.

A number of Mad Dog’s bottled beers are available in a number of shops as well as cask ale being available in pubs.

“We’ve got around 26 different wholesalers situated across the UK,” Alexis said. Close to home, the beer is sold at The Marches Deli in Abergavenny.

Find out more about the beers at http://maddogbrew.co.uk/beer-range/

Customers can buy the brewery’s bottled beer, including John Peel, Now In A Minute, Bohemian Hipster, and It’s All Propaganda, online at http://maddogbrew.co.uk/shop or through Beer Revolution http://www.beerrevolution.co.uk/

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Maria Williams is a professional blogger, copywriter, and PR for small business. Visit www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk

 

 

Foodies bring festive spirit to Abergavenny

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Stalls at the Market Hall, Abergavenny

Crowds brought a foodie festive spirit to Abergavenny today at the town’s Christmas food and drink fair.

Thousands of people visited stalls across the town, buying charcuterie, cheeses, beers, wines, cakes, breads, vegetarian pies, fruit juices, preserves, and store cupboard delights like cold pressed rapeseed oil and fruit vinegars.

Rupert Parsons of Wormersley Fruit and Herb Vinegars Ltd, based in Chipping Norton, has been bringing his goods to the festival for the past five years.

In the Market Hall, he said: “We come to both the September and December festivals in Abergavenny, and this event has a really festive spirit. The weather has meant there have been fewer people this year, but the first two hours were buzzing in the Market Hall.

“It’s great to see people, and I just love coming here.”

Legges of Bromyard sold almost 800 pies at their stall. Their game pies proved most popular, quickly selling out.

Kody Bergstrom said: “The first few hours were crazy. There’s a great festive feeling.”

Their Old Boy pork pies were also proving popular, alongside their pork and venison, steak and cheddar, pork, perry, pear and nettle, and chicken, apple and paprika pies.

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Cheese board at the Market Hall

David Deaves of La Cave à Fromage brought around 150 cheeses to his stall. His firm, which has outlets in London and Brighton, sources its products from small, independent cheesemakers, and fairs like Abergavenny are a fantastic showcase for their products.

Mr Deaves said: “We go to a number of food fairs, cheese and chocolate fairs, and we run our own cheese festival every year. Next year it will be on April 9. That’s a chance for our producers to meet and share their products.

“This is my first Christmas event in Abergavenny, and it’s been very good.”

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Buster Grant of Brecon Brewing was manning his stall in the Market Hall.

“We’ve brought six bottled beers and eight on draught,” he said.

“It’s been a success, and a good showcase for our beers which we supply to pubs throughout Wales.”

The Brecon brewery has been operating for the past four and a half years, and in January the brewery is opening a bar and bottle shop in the town, Brecon Tap.

“It’s very exciting,” Mr Grant told visitors.

James Swift of Monmouthshire’s Trealy Farm Charcuterie praised the food knowledge of visitors to the fair.

“People who come here are interested in cooking,” he said.

“In other places, we find people are more interested in street food, for example. Food which is already pre-prepared. While there’s a place for that, it’s refreshing to be in a place where people are looking to buy produce for cooking.

“It’s also very local to us, so it’s lovely to see people and chat with them here. It’s a great event for primary producers like us.”

 

 

Tickets go on sale for Abergavenny’s Christmas Food and Drink Fair

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Tickets are now on sale for Abergavenny’s Christmas Food and Drink Fair.

Organisers say the Christmas event, on Sunday December 13, promises a fantastic day out for the whole family filled with plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry.

The one-day event offers crafty card and chocolate making workshops for the perfect home-made Christmas to delicious goodies from more than 80 stallholders and free chef demonstrations to make Christmas dinner extra special.

Three venues will transform into a winter wonderland, with a host of seasonal delights, unique gifts and even the chance to pick up a signed book from your loved ones’ favourite chef.

For those wanting to get started early, acclaimed mixologist Dom Jacobs will be kicking off the festive fun on Saturday December 12 with his show-stopping cocktail masterclass and top tips, all taken from his exclusive Mayfair cocktail menu.

Alongside all of this, there’s also a chance for the whole family to get involved with the Christmas Musical Feast and Festive Light Parade as guests are invited to make their own lanterns and follow the Abergavenny Town Band to the church for a concert and food-themed evening service which promises to be a magical ending to the day.

Heather Myers, Chief Executive of the festival said: “After the resounding success of the Festival in September, we can’t wait to open the doors to Abergavenny once again and invite everyone back to celebrate Christmas with us.”

Tickets:

Adult – £5 (children under 16 go free, but they must have a wristband too)

Dominic Jacob’s Christmas Mixology – £10

For the full festive line-up and to get your tickets, visit www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

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Exhibitors:

BEER AND CIDER

Apple County Cider Co

www.applecountycider.co.uk

Brecon Brewing

www.breconbrewing.co.uk

Gwatkin Cider Company Ltd

www.gwatkincider.co.uk

Gwynt y Ddraig Cider

www.gwyntcider.com

The Jacobi Brewery of Caio

www.jacobibrewery.co.uk

Untapped Brewing Company

www.untappedbrew.com


BREAD AND BAKED GOODS

Alex Gooch Artisan Baker

www.alexgoochbaker.com

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits

www.cradocs.co.uk

Felin Talgarth Mill

www.talgarthmill.com

Hardwick Hampers

www.hardwickhampers.co.uk

Hedonist Bakery

www.hedonistbakery.co.uk


CAKES AND PATISSERIES

The Chocolate Brownie Company

www.chocbrownieco.co.uk

Dimkin’s patisserie

Ffi’s Patisserie

www.facebook.com/ffispatisserie

Freckles Homebaking

www.facebook.com/freckles.homebaking

Love at First Bake Ltd

www.loveatfirstbake.co.uk

Love Patisserie

The Pudding Shop

www.thepuddingshop.co.uk


CHEESE

The Blaenafon Cheddar Co Ltd

www.chunkofcheese.co.uk

Caws Cenarth Cheese

www.cawscenarth.co.uk

FLAVOURS of Monmouth

La Cave a Fromage

www.la-cave.co.uk


CONFECTIONARY

Barry Colenso Chocolates Ltd

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Black Mountain Gold Chocolate

www.blackmountainchocolate.org

Cocoa Magic

The Raw Chocolate Pie Company

www.rawchocpie.co.uk

Sciolti Botanical Chocolates

www.scioltichocolates.com

Sue Gilmour Ltd

www.suegilmour.co.uk


MEAT

Charcutier Ltd

www.charcutier.co.uk

Trealy Farm Charcuterie

www.trealyfarm.com

Welsh Venison Centre

www.beaconsfarmshop.co.uk

Glam Lamb

www.glamlamb.co.uk

Natural Game / Seasons

www.naturalgame.co.uk

Bakewell Ducks

www.bakewellducks.com


FISH AND SEAFOOD

Black Mountains Smokery

www.smoked-foods.co.uk

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www.cnwd.co.uk

Devon Fishcakes

www.devonfishcakes.com

The Mighty Soft Shell Crab


HERBS, SPICES AND CONDIMENTS

Forage Fine Foods

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Green Saffron

www.greensaffron.com

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company

www.beachfood.co.uk

Petals of the Valley Ltd

www.petalsofthevalley.co.uk

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars Ltd

www.womersleyfoods.co.uk


SAUCES, PICKLES AND CHUTNEYS

Claire’s Kitchen

The Garlic Farm

www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk

The Patchwork Traditional Food Company

www.patchwork-pate.co.uk

Peperoncino Ltd

www.peperoncino.co.uk

The Preservation Society

www.the-preservation-society.co.uk

Sorai

www.sorai.co.uk


HONEY, JAMS AND MARMALADES

Hilltop Honey

www.hilltop-honey.com

Miranda’s Preserves

www.mirandas-preserves.co.uk

New Quay Honey Farm

www.thehoneyfarm.co.uk


DRINKS

British Cassis

www.britishcassis.co.uk

Hay Wines Limited

www.haywines.co.uk

Tipsy Fruit Gins Ltd

www.tipsyfruitgins.co.uk

Warner Edwards Distillery

www.warneredwards.com

Emilia Ltd

www.emiliauk.london

Hollow Ash Orchard

www.hollow-ash.co.uk

Pixley Berries

www.pixsleyberries.co.uk

Ragmans Lane Farm

www.ragmans.co.uk

Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice

www.welshfarmhouseapplejuice.co.uk

Yarty Cordials Ltd

www.yartycordials.co.uk

CC’s Coffee Bar

Chantler Teas

www.chantlerteas.co.uk

Welsh Coffee Company

www.welshcoffee.com


OLIVES AND OILS

Arganic Ltd

www.myarganic.co.uk

Cotswold Gold Ltd

www.cotswoldgold.co.uk

The Olive Press

www.theolivepress.co.uk

Olives & Things


PIES

Gluten Free Uprising Ltd

www.uprising.gf

Legges of Bromyard

www.leggesofbromyard.com

Roberts Country Fayre

www.robertscountryfayre.co.uk

Snowdrop Cottage Fine Foods

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OTHER

Joho-Soho

www.cinnamonsoho.com/Joho-Soho

Welsh Creperie Co (Franco Welsh Ltd)

www.thewelshcreperie.co.uk

The Willows Garden Centre

The Old Board Co

www.theoldboardco.co.uk

Franchi Seeds of Italy Ltd

www.seedsofitaly.com

Samosaco (Sim’s Foods Ltd)

www.samosaco.co.uk

The Ludlow Nut Co Ltd

www.ludlownutco.co.uk

Wil’s Smokehouse

www.wilssmokehouse.co.uk

Hodmedod

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The Parsnipship

www.theparsnipship.co.uk

Chef demonstrations:

THE MARKET HALL

Vicky Jones and Nick Saltmarsh: Bean Magic 11am – 11:45am

Vicky Jones, author of Out of the Pod, and Nick Saltmarsh of Hodmedods prepare a selection of healthy yet delicious snacks to nibble with festive drinks.


Jim Hamilton: Not a Partridge in a Pear Tree noon – 12:45pm

Abergavenny’s Kings Arms Hotel chef, Jim Hamilton will show you how to prepare a quick alternative to the traditional turkey roast.


Angela Gray: Festive French Sweet Treats 1pm – 1.45pm

Angela Gray of the Angela Gray Cookery School at Llanarch Vineyard will demonstrate some French goodies such as Buche de Noel, 12th Night Tart and Golden Pears with praline stuffing, picked up during her time in Paris.


Liz Knight and Rufus Carter: The Canapes Crusaders 2pm -2.45pm

Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods and Rufus Carter of Patchwork are coming to Abergavenny to put the record straight on canapes being just booze soaker-upper’s.


Jules James: Black Mountain Gold! Chocolate that is… 3pm – 3.45pm

Maitre Chocolatier, Jules James from Black Mountain Gold chocolate in Crickhowell will demonstrate extra special chocolatier skills from how to temper chocolate to making chocolate bars to impress friends over the festive season.