9 tasty things to do at the Tiny Rebel Newport Food Festival


Headline sponsors Tiny Rebel


Thousands of visitors are expected to pack out the streets of Newport for this Saturday’s food festival – sponsored by Tiny Rebel.

The award-winning brewery which runs Urban Tap in the city centre is the headline sponsor of the free, one-day event which will see 80 stalls and more than a dozen food demonstrations or talks.

Tiny Rebel’s Bradley Cummings said: “We’re a proud Newport business so coming on board as headline sponsor of the festival is a great honour.”

The Golden Lion at Magor is a supporting sponsor – and two of its chefs are on the bill.

The mouth-watering line-up of chefs includes the Celtic Manor Resort’s TV chef Larkin Cen, Ben Periam of Mojo The Food Bar, James Sommerin of The Esplanade in Penarth, and Steve White of The Ruperra Arms.

The festival’s hotly-contested teen chef competition final will be staged at 10am upstairs in Newport Market, and there will be a battle of the burgers there between Pretentious Burger Kitchen and Meat Bar & Grill at 4pm.

There’s also a packed programme of entertainment with choirs and bands performing throughout the day.


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Hywel Jones

Here are 9 tasty things to do at the festival:

  1. Learn how to make perfect pasta – including a simple dish anyone can replicate at home – with the Executive Chef of The Park Michelin-starred restaurant and The Brasserie at Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Hywel Jones. His session will take place at 11am in the upper area of Newport Market.


  1. Spice up your life with a tasting of some of the hot and fiery sauces from Monmouthshire producers Sorai. If you love chillis, these sauces are for you! We recommend the onion and balsamic sauce which has a hot tang.


  1. Brush up on your cake decorating skills at a demonstration with Nia Thomas in 44 High Street at 2pm. Nia has 18 years of experience in decoration and sugar craft – and she has passed on her skills in classes and day schools for the past two years.


  1. Sample fantastic, fresh, and funky vegetarian food at the Parsnipship stall – created at their base in South Wales. We’re in love with Parsnipship’s haloumi burgers.


  1. Catch a demonstration by Gwent chef James Sommerin, whose Penarth restaurant has been awarded title of Best in Wales in the Good Food Guide 2016. He’ll be at the Pobl offices at 11.30am. He has inspired his 17-year-old daughter to work alongside him in his kitchen.


Clam’s Handmade Cakes 


  1. Check out the sweet taste of Clam’s Handmade Cakes at their stall – last year, they did a roaring trade. So pop along early to get the widest selection of cakes!


  1. Learn how to cook with beer with the help of Tiny Rebel’s Paul Turley. His demonstration will be in the Pobl offices at 2.30pm.


  1. Taste some wine or liqueur from exhibitors Cwm Deri Vineyard. We caught up with them at the recent Abergavenny Food Festival and loved their light and bright elderflower gin and smooth sloe gin.


  1. Grab an ice lolly with a kick from Mojo The Food Bar’s pop-up cocktail bar – or a special cocktail created by mixologist and head bartender, Andrej Madaras.



Crowds in 2015

See the full programme of chef demonstrations here: http://www.newportfoodfestival.co.uk/blog/?page_id=3293


The 80 exhibitors are:

Ally’s Confectionery

Asia Spice Box

Avril’s Country Kitchen

Baked On Green Street

Batch Farm Cheesemakers

Big G’s Grill

Bill King Artisan Baker 

Black Mountain Smokery

Boonta Too Thai


Ciao Bella

Claire’s Kitchen

Clam’s Handmade Cakes

Crazy Creperie Ltd

Cwm Deri Vineyard

Dinky Donuts


Ele’s Little Kitchen

Ffwrnes Pizza

Flapjack Fairy

Flour’d Up

Fresh As A Daisy


Gower Cottage Brownies

Grandma Bees

Gwynne’s Ice Cream

Heather’s Harvest

Honeybunch Cake Company

Huckleberry Treats

Imaginative Gourmet

Jayne’s Bakes

La Fleur de Chocolat

Meat and Greek

MEAT Bar and Grill

Med Foods Ltd

MoJo The Food Bar and Dog ‘n’ Dough

Mr & Mrs Olives

Mr Croquewich (Creative Kitchen)

Mrs Brown’s Bakes

Myrtle’s Kitchen

Narnas Limited

Noodles In A Box

Old Granary Pierogi

Parc Pantry

Pieroth Ltd

Pizza Wheels

Pretentious Burger Kitchen

Pulled Pork People

Riverford Organic Farms

Roman Legionary Museum

TechniquestRSPB Cymru

Science Cream Ltd

Seasons Farm Foods

Senior Twister

Shivers (Caws Cenarth)


Stainswick Farm Oil LLP

Tasty Bites


That Fish Guy

The Parsnipship

The Preservation Society

The Ridgeway Bar & Kitchen

The Welsh Confectionary

Tiny Rebel

Tudor Brewery

Ty Gwyn Cider

Untapped Brewing Company

Urban Jungle Coffee

Varsity Coffee


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

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:


AaHaan Thai

American Street Food Limited

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


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

The Cheese Truck Ltd



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


The Crepe Escape

Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company

Glamorgan Vale Hog Roast Ltd
Hang Fire Smokehouse
La Bonne Crepe
La Ffroga
Iberico Jack
Meat And Greek
The Poffertjes Co
Purple Poppadom
Sir Ollie’s
The Spanish Buffet
The Welsh Creperie Co

fruit and vegetables
Tomatoes on sale PICTURE: Tim Woodier


Court Farm & Leisure

The Garlic Farm

Llanvihangel Crucorney Fruit Farm

The Onion Man – Breton onions from a bicycle

Paul’s Organic Veg

Riverford Organic

Sea Spring Seeds
The Strawberry Stop

The Tomato Stall

Spanish foods.

Charcutier Ltd

The Cotswold Curer Ltd

Flyford Food Co LLP
Forest Pig Charcuterie

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company

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

Native Breeds Charcuterie LLP

The Parsons Nose

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


Bocaddon Farm Veal

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

Chestnut Meats

Edwards of Conwy
Traditional Welsh award winning master butcher

Glam Lamb

Neil Powell Master Butchers

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


Welsh Venison Centre


Madgetts Farm Poultry

Monmouthshire Turkeys

Postance Poultry
Fresh free-range duck.


Aphrodite’s Food

The Gourmet Gardener

Mela Street Food
Indian wraps and street foods.

The Parsnipship

PommePommeFoods (Castle)


Abergavenny Fine Foods Ltd (Sponsor)

Bath Soft Cheese

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

Caws Cenarth Ltd

Charles Martell & Son Ltd

Emilia Ltd


La Cave a Fromage

Quickes Traditional Ltd

Snowdonia Cheese Co Ltd

Teifi Cheese & Da Mhile Distillery

White Lake Cheese

Worthy Cheddar

Black Mountains Smokery

Devon Fishcakes

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

Emilia Ltd

Mighty Soft Shell Crab

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co


Vin Sullivan Foods (The Fish Shack)
Seafood bar

The Wrap Shack

Baked By Mel

The Bertinet Bakery

Caroline’s Real Bread Company

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits

Earth Ovens

Hobbs House Bakery

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

Market Bakery Abergavenny
Local Bakery

Popty Cara

Riverside Sourdough

Shellys Food
Welsh butter shortbread



Elm Tree Foods

Legges of Bromyard

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

Plenty Pastry Ltd

Snowdrop Cottage Fine Foods

Tom’s Pies


Avlaki Ltd

Cotswold Gold

The Olive Press

The Olive Shop

Olives & Things

RSPB Cymru
RSPB Love Nature extra-virgin rapeseed oil. Give Nature a Home herbs.



Bim’s Kitchen

Cibus Terrae Ltd

Forage Fine Foods

Mr Todiwala’s Pickles & Chutneys

Patchwork Traditional Food Company


Purely Pickled Eggs

SA Sauces Ltd

Sabor de Amor

Seren Foods

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

Tigg’s Dressings


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

Usk River

The Wasabi Company

Franchi Seeds of Italy

Hot Roasted Nuts

Ludlow Nut Co

Wil’s Smokehouse


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


Hilltop Honey

Little Grandma’s Kitchen

Miranda’s Preserves

Miss Daisy’s Kitchen

Radnor Preserves

Wild Flower Honey Company

Anglesey Sea Salt Company

Herbal Connections

Kitchen Flowers


Petals of the Valley

The Preservation Society


Wiltshire Chilli Farm

The Wasabi Company

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars



The Angel Hotel
Chock Shop
The Chocolate Brownie Company
Churros Con Chocolate
Flower and White Ltd
Gower Cottage Brownies
Isabel’s Bakehouse
Love at First Bake
Love Patisserie
Delicious coffee and French-stlye sweet tarts, hand made in Hay-on-Wye.

The M’hencha Company
So Cocoa


Barry Colenso Chocolates
Black Mountain Gold Chocolate


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


Cocoa Runners
Cottage Sweets
Fuffle from Fudgeheaven
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn
NOMNOM Chocolate
The Old Chapel Fudge Co


The Raw Chocolate Pie Company


Sue Gilmour Ltd


The Hive Honey Ice Cream
Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice cream
Science Cream Ltd
Shepherds Ice Cream
Wild Fig


The Pudding Shop




Breckland Orchard
Celtic Vale Natural Mineral Water
The Fresh Lemonade Co
Fresh lemonade and cocktails!


Hollow Ash Orchard


The Lemonade Lady
Freshly squeezed lemonade


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


Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice


Yarty Cordials


Bramley and Gage Ltd
Chase Distillery Ltd
Da Mhile Distillery
Moorland Spirit Company
Pinkster Gin


Sam Sake
The Shack Revolution
Sibling Distillery
Tipsy Fruit Gins
Warner Edwards Distillery

Chantler Teas
The Coffee Camper
The Coffee Gondola
Delicia Cakes & Teas
Cakes and loose leaf teas.


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


Sherston Tea Company
Tea People
Welsh Coffee Company


Bordeaux Undiscovered
Cwm Deri Vineyard
Frome Valley Vineyard
Serravinci Ltd
Viader Vintners



Apple County Cider Co
Blaengawney Farm (Hallet’s Cider)
Bland’s Cider
Brecon Brewing
Butford Organics
Gwatkin Cider Company
Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider
Llangollen Brewery
Skyborry Cider and Perry
Tiny Rebel Brewing Co.
Tudor Brewery
Ty Gwyn Cider
Untapped Brewing Company
Welsh Mountain Cider
Williams Brothers Cider
Wye Valley Brewery

Casa del Cymru


Simplyseedz Ltd



Calon Wen Organic Dairy
Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy

Coconut Chilli

Franchi Seeds 1783
Cinammon roasted nuts and Italian licquorice sticks


Wild Trail
Willy Chase’s Popcorn
Wils Smokehouse
Smoked organic gluten free foods with attitude.




















Cook the box with top chef Alexlouise Brown


Alexlouise Brown (pictured) was trained by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, she ran her own pub-restaurant and her own catering company.

Now, she is sharing her passion for food by teaching people how to go back to basics and make delicious meals from scratch.

Once a month, the owner of Alex’s Supper Clubs hosts Alex Cooks The Box at her base in Pontypridd.

Riverford Organic Farms vegetable and meat boxes are the centrepieces of every session. The contents change every month – produce is seasonal and from Riverford’s network of farms.

Alexlouise, 35, has just a few days to come up with mouth-watering recipes which are simple enough to be demonstrated to and remembered by her visitors without a recipe.

Remember how our mothers and grandmothers created meals from available ingredients without ever looking at a recipe?

Alexlouise is taking cookery classes back to the future.

When I visit, the vegetables include wild garlic, cabbage, courgettes, carrots, rocket, cucumber, spinach leaves, purple sprouting broccoli, onions, potatoes, and mushrooms. The vegetables are supplemented by Riverford organic meats and organic free range eggs, milk, and cream. The only non-UK fruit and vegetable ingredients are bananas – which, of course, have to be imported.

Alexlouise’s philosophy is simple: cook using organic produce and cook from scratch.

“Food doesn’t have ingredients, food is ingredients,” she says.

We’re greeted with a glass of prosecco or her own kombucha, a fermented tea which is slightly sparkling. Alexlouise has added berries to the probiotic drink. It’s refreshing and good for the digestive system.

As she expertly slices the potatoes into wedges and sprinkles them with garam masala and cumin, we talk about the toll food processing can take on ingredients.

Alexlouise shows us how to spatchcock a chicken within minutes. Her cooking doesn’t require complicated kitchenalia – just a roasting tin or two, a frying pan,  a saucepan, one sharp knife, a sharp grater, and a hand mixer.

As the chicken and potato wedges roast in the oven, Alexlouise sets to making us her mouth-watering mushroom soup.

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Solid coconut oil is heated to become liquid, and onions fried until translucent. If no vegetarians like me attend, Alexlouise could use lard. Then, Alexlouise grates in the mushrooms. Water, rather than stock, is added, and the soup is seasoned. It simmers until ready for hand blending and is served in tea cups with a dollop of sour cream and a square of homemade rosemary focaccia. It’s fresh and delicious.

We all marvel at how much taste Alexlouise packs into a simple soup.

Our six courses include a home-made coleslaw with soft-boiled eggs which lives on a different planet from the runny affair we buy in tubs in supermarkets.

The grater is king – carrots and cabbage are grated, mayonnaise is added, and everything is seasoned to perfection.

We are also treated to linguini with a tangy lemon and chilli sauce and a crunchy topping of cob nuts, a salad of leaves topped with a balsamic syrup and Indian paneer cheese griddled in Indian spices, roasted, spatchcocked chicken and potato wedges, and Alexlouise’s pudding, a caramelised banana fool.

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We’re shown how to caramelise sugar correctly – never leave un-melted sugar grains – and how best to coat the banana slices. Cream is whipped and Alexlouise assembles the pudding in champagne flutes, topped with an orange physalis berry on the rim of the glass.

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At the end of the three-hour session, we’re enlightened, full, happy, and determined to put Alexlouise’s simple recipes into action in our own kitchens.

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed enough to reassure even the most timid would-be cook. Vegetarians like me are welcomed.

It’s the perfect foodie night out with friends or family.


‘Everyone wants to order boxes after the event’

Riverford Organic Farms franchiser in South East Wales Janet Mier, who is also at the Alex Cooks The Box night, says the sessions have inspired visitors to order regular vegetable and meat box deliveries.

“Some people who come along are already customers and have heard about the events through us, but others are inspired by the recipes and the produce and sign up,” she says.

“They see the quality of the produce and taste how good it is. We’ve been involved in the nights for a few months now, and it’s been excellent.”

Janet serves customers from Penarth and Sully to the Heads of the Valleys and Monmouthshire border to the east, delivering around 850 boxes a week.

To learn more about Riverford South Wales, see their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RiverfordSouthWales/ and to order boxes call 01633 867661.

 Alexlouise’s culinary career

At 15, Alexlouise went straight from school into a job in a kitchen after a work experience placement at 14. She washed dishes and prepared vegetables, but soon realised she could work her way up.

“If you stay in kitchens long enough and you learn, you will progress,” she says.

She went on to work in restaurants like those at the Celtic Manor, then worked under Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons near Oxford. By the time she was 22, she was running her own pub-restaurant Y Draenog in Pontyclun.

A spell running her own catering company followed, then a move to Switzerland, the home of the hospitality industry.

Alexlouise catered to exclusive ski chalet clients like Prince Andrew, the President of Kazakhstan, the Saudi royal family, and billionaire businessmen and women.

When she returned to Wales, she began working at her other love, property development. Cooking went on the back burner for a while, but her love of food eventually drew her back to the kitchen.

She started her Alex’s Supper Clubs business, where a group of people visits her base in Pontypridd, each bringing an ingredient. Everyone cooks together.

Then came Alex Cooks The Box.

Now, Alex is also spreading her love of cooking by teaching families how to cook with affordable, fresh ingredients in Llanhilleth.

Maria Williams is a professional blogger, copywriter, and PR for small businesses. Go to www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk.


Welsh piemaker’s talent recognised at top awards


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Judging of the Speciality Pies Class at this year’s British Pie Awards.  ALL PICTURES: Mepics Photography

A North Wales delicatessen famed for its home-made produce has been highly commended at the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray.

Leonardo’s Delicatessen Limited in Ruthin was recognised for its lamb, coriander, and apricot pie in the lamb pie category at the prestigious awards.

Leonardo’s makes its own quiches, puddings, sausage rolls, patés, and ready meals, alongside its meat pies including chicken, leek and laverbread pies.

The deli was founded in 200 by Ceris Brunzel-Roberts and her chef husband Andreas Brunzel. It uses seasonal fruit and vegetables from the owners’ garden, Tyn y Celyn free range chicken, Welsh black beef from Bala, Mochyn Merllyn pork, and Coed Du Farm milk and cream. Other local ingredients used include Clyttir Farm free range eggs and Snowdonia cheddar.

The awards saw top honours given to a ‘Beef Skirt & Vegetable Pastie’ made by A.F. Huddleston Butchers.

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Chef Andy Bates (left) tries a pie during judging

The Cumbrian firm took home the title of Supreme Champion, beating 815 other pies to secure the coveted trophy. This pasty had the judges’ mouths watering for its even bake, beautiful glaze and well balanced flavours.

Matthew O’Callaghan, Chairman of the British Pie Awards and Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said: “I know many will be surprised to see a pasty winning the British Pie Awards, but the definition of a pie is a filling totally encased in pastry – pies come in all shapes including round pies, square pies and pasties.

“Pasties have been a feature of British cuisine for centuries ranging from the Forfar Bridie in Scotland through to the Midland’s Bedfordshire Clanger and down to the iconic Cornish Pasty. I’m pleased that we now have an award-winning pasty to shout about from Cumbria.

“The winning pasty was outstanding.”

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Judges tasting the pasties

The eighth annual British Pie Awards took place in Melton Mowbray during British Pie Week for the first time in the awards’ history. On Wednesday, 816 pies were entered from 132 professional bakers, butchers, and chefs and judged by over 100 top pie perfectionists –  including leading food critic Charles Campion, chef Rachel Green and TV chef Andy Bates.

Turner’s Pies Ltd in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, had four entries achieving first place within their individual classes. These pies were – Steak & Stilton Pie, Highland Top Rump & Potato Pie, Chicken, Ham Hock & Stuffing Pie, and Steak & Ale Pie. If you think football clubs are all about meat pies, think again. Morecambe Football Club won the dessert pie category with its apple, sultana,and cinnamon pie, and was highly commended twice.

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Two judges taking their job very seriously

The Speciality Class at this year’s British Pie Awards encouraged pie makers to create showstopping pies fit for Her Majesty The Queens 90th birthday celebrations.  A Victorian Corset Pork & Chicken Pie produced by Walker & Son was crowned as the class winner.

A selection of judges from this year's British Pie Awards
The judges at this year’s British Pie Awards. From left to right: Pete Lawrence (TV producer), Andy Clarke (food blogger and TV producer), Rachel Green (chef), Stephen Hallam (British Pie Awards event organiser), Andy Bates (TV chef), Neil Broomfield of the Great North Pie Co (2015 British Pie Awards Supreme Champion) and Neil Davey (food journalist).



Supreme Champion Beef Skirt & Vegetable Pastie –

A.F. Huddleston Butchers

Best Overall Small Producer Steak & Ale Pie – The Wheatsheaf


Class Class champion Highly Commended Highly Commended
Class 1 – Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – F. Bailey & Son Melton Mowbray Pork Pie – Leesons Family Butchers
Class 2 – Pork Pie Tesco Finest Extra Large Melton Mowbray Pork Pie  – Walker & Son Pork & Egg Pie 440g  – Walker & Son Pork Pie – Keelham Farm Shop Ltd
Class 3 – Steak & Kidney Pie Steak & Kidney Pie  – Wessex Pantry Steak, Kidney & Ale Pie  – Proper Pies Limited Steak & Kidney Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd
Class 4 – Beef & Any Flavour Combination Pie Steak & Stilton Pie  – Turner’s Pies Ltd Beef, Venison & Red Wine Pie – The Outdoor Pig Company Steak Mushroom & Truffle Oil Pie  – Turner’s Pies Ltd
Class 5 – Beef & Ale Pie Steak & Ale Pie  – The Wheatsheaf Steak & Ale Pie – Tom’s Pies Steak & Ale Pie – Chef’s Kitchen
Class 6  – Meat & Potato Pie Highland Top Rump & Potato Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd Meat & Potato Pie  – Morecambe FC Steak & Potato Pie – Middleton-in-Teesdale Fish & Chip Shop
Class 7 – Lamb Pie Lamb, Mint & Rosemary Pie – Robert Bowring Farmer & Butchers Lamb, Coriander & Apricot Pie – Leonardos Delicatessen Ltd Braised Lamb, Rosemary & Roast Potato Pie – Dunkleys
Class 8 – Chicken Pie Chicken, Ham Hock & Stuffing Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd Chicken Pie – Plenty Pastry Ltd Chicken Pie – Robert Bowring Farmer & Butchers
Class 9 – Chicken & Vegetable / Herb Pie Luxury Chicken Pie – Nice Pie Chicken & Leek Pie – Thomas the Caterer Chicken & Leek Pie – Robert Bowring Farmer & Butchers
Class 10 – Chicken & Other Meat Pie Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom Pie – Walker & Son Chicken Pie – Plenty Pastry Ltd Chicken, Ham Hock, Maderia & Wild Mushroom Pie – Proper Pies Ltd
Class 11 – Speciality Meat Pie Game Pie – Mud Foods Ltd Venison Pie – Plenty Pastry Ltd Game Pie -Madaboutpies.co.uk
Class 12 – Savoury Pie Pork & Apple with Layered Turkey & Sage Crust – Roberts Country Fayre M&S Fluted Oval Pork & Chicken Layered Pie – Walker & Son Tesco Ultimate Pork Pie 440g – Walker & Son
Class 13 – Fish Pie Posh Stargazy with Prawns Pie – Fuller, Smith & Turner Smoked Salmon & Caviar Pie – Katherine Walmsley Fine Foods Salmon & Cream Cheese Pie – Cossack Cuisine
Class 14 – Vegetarian Pie Lentil & Sweet Potato Pie – Sandersons UK Limited Spinach & Mushroom Pie – Sanderson UK Limited Saag Pie – Pieminster
Class 15 – Pasty Beef Skirt & Vegetable Pastie – A.F Huddlestons Butchers Pork & Apple Pasty – The Outdoor Pig Company Traditional Cornish Pasty – Warrens Bakery
Class 16 – Dessert Pie including Bramley Apple Pie Apple, Sultana & Cinnamon Pie – Morecambe Football Club Bramley Apple Pie  – Morecambe FC Traditional Apple Pie – The Rutland Pie Company
Class 17 – Pub Pie Chicken, Brie & Cranberry Pie – Kentish Mayde Ham Hock & Smoked Chicken Pie – Kentish Mayde Highland Top Rump with Kidney – Turner’s Pies
Class 18 – Football Pie Steak & Ale Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd Steak & Ale Pie – Kentish Mayde Steak & Stilton Pie – Turner’s Pies Ltd
Class 19  – Free From Pie Gluten Free Goats Cheese & Spinach ‘Heidi’ Pie – Pieminster Gluten Free Beef & Ale Pie – Pieminster Moroccan Spiced Vegetarian Pie – The Biddestone Arms
Class 20 – Speciality Class: Pie Fit For The Queen Marks & Spencer Victorian Corset Pork & Chicken Pie – Walker & Son A Royal Stamp of Approval Pork Pie – Walker & Son Three Tiered Regal Pie – Walker & Son


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Judging the pork pies

Tutored tastings, produce, and demonstrations at Monmouthshire Food Festival

Gin distillers Warner Edwards

There is set to be a feast for foodies at this weekend’s Monmouthshire Food Festival in Caldicot Castle.

The event will feature food and drink producers, chef demonstrations, a children’s quarter, and recipes cooked up by chefs from the Royal Navy.

Artisan baker Bill King

The festival’s Look and Learn section will feature demonstrations and tutored tastings from artisan baker Bill King, Black Mountain Gold chocolates, Brecon Brewing, Gwatkin Cider, Morgan’s Brew Tea, Rayeesa’s Indian Kitchen, Varsity Coffee, and Warner Edwards, craft distillers of gin.

The festival entry fee is £5, children under 12 go free. The event is held between 10am and 4.30pm on October 10 and 11.


Clive Williams, Head Chef at the Parkway Hotel and Spa

Clive has a passion for local produce, and has held positions in many top restaurants and hotels in the area before moving to the Parkway Hotel as Head Chef in 2012.

Michael Hendry, Head Chef at Llansantffraed Court Hotel

Since starting as Head Chef in 2013, Michael has transformed the hotel’s dining room and celebration menus.

Kyle Wilson, Head Chef of Sawyers Bar and Grill

Kyle began his career as a pot washer at the Fwrrwm Ishta restaurant. He is now head chef at Sawyers bar and Grill in Magor.

Adrian Walker Master Butcher from Golden Valley

Under Adrian’s management, Golden Valley Meat and Game has been supplying the highest quality meat, poultry and game to the retail and catering industry for nearly 25 years.

Julie Carey, Head Chef Glen yr Afon House Hotel

Julie has been a chef for twenty seven years, originally training at Nash College in Newport.

Cai England, Head Chef Piercefield St Arvans

Cai began his culinary career as a pot washer aged 12. Through hard work and determination he has worked his way up the position of Head Chef.

Matthew Long, Head Chef Raglan Arms, Llandenny

Matt heads up a small team, dedicated to producing exceptionally good food, with a focus to provide perfectly cooked, beautifully presented food using local ingredients.

Ross Cooper Senior Sous Chef, St. Pierre Marriott Hotel

Ross was inspired by his late grandmother’s amazing pasties. These days, Ross is Senior Sous Chef at St. Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club.

Aidan Fisher, Head Chef at the New Inn, Chepstow

Aidan trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu in London before working in a variety of excellent dining establishments including the 3 rosette Terry M restaurant for four years.


A Lot of Waffle
American style waffles

Baked on Green Street
Artisan baker specialising in bread, doughnuts and savoury breads.

Black Mountain Gold
Luxury chocolate

Brecon Brewing
A range of draught and bottled beers and breweriana

Carn Edward
Longhorn beef and pedigree Lleyn lamb and mutton

Castles Brewery
Real ale

Chocolate brownies of distinction.

Dimkin’s Patisserie
French macaroons, savoury snacks and pastries

Field Bar Wine
Homemade fruit and flower wines

Good and Proper Brownies
Baked chocolate goods and gluten and sugar bakes

Gwatkin Cider
Award winning cider and perry

Hedonist Bakery
Artisan bread part baked to finish at home.

Marmahs Cheeses
Organic and handmade artisan Welsh cheeses.

Meera’s Kitchen
Indian samosas, bhajis, spring rolls and pekoras

Mini Jar Company
Specialised artisan preserves.

Morgans Brew Tea
Forty four varieties of loose leaf teas

Natures Pantry
Natural seed and nut butters, honey and honey mixes.

Old Granary Pierogi
Polish style baked handmade pierogi with gourmet meat and vegetable fillings.

Rayeesa’s Indian Kitchen
Frozen curry sauces

Stainswick farm Oil
Cold pressed rape seed oil

The Artisan & Farmhouse Cheese Company
West Country Farmhouse cheddar cheese

The Parsons Nose
Homemade speciality sausages and Dexter burgers.

Three Counties Liqueurs
Handmade frit liqueurs and fruit preserves.

Ty Gwyn Cider
Craft cider

Tyrrell’s Family Food
Meat pies, faggots, pork pies and Scotch eggs.

Veggie Deli
Vegetarian and vegan Glamorgan sausages, pastries, savoury scones.

Warner Edwards Distillery
Dry gin, Elderflower infused gin, Sloe Gin and Victoria’s rhubarb gin

13,000 people set to visit Mold Food Festival

North Wales
Paul Rankin

More than 13,000 people are expected to visit this weekend’s Mold Food and Drink Festival, headlined by TV chef Paul Rankin.

There is a packed programme of events, with Rankin in action in three slots tomorrow, at 11.20am, 1.30pm and 3.35pm.

Rankin, who starred alongside fellow chef Nick Nairn in Paul and Nick’s Big Trip, ran Roscoff, the first Northern Ireland restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

Masterchef runner up Dean Edwards takes to the stage for three demonstrations today. Founding member of the Welsh National Culinary Team Graham Tinsley, who worked under Anton Mosimann at The Dorchester, is staging two demonstrations today, as does Ian Purcell of the Cibo at St David’s restaurant in Mold.

James Elwood, who runs Anne’s Patisserie with his wife, gives a masterclass in patisserie at 2.30pm tomorrow.

Vegan cookbook writer Lee Watson will give a taste of India vegan cookery demonstration at 12.30pm tomorrow.

Head chef at Mold’s The Fat Boar, Phil Peacock, will give a three course meal demonstration this afternoon.

There is also live music, a children’s cookery school, and interactive food and craft workshops.

Admission for the event at Y Dderwen – The Oak, Hendre: Adults pay £5, children £2, or a family ticket for two adults and two children is £10.



This unique liqueur is made with hand picked aronia berries from plants grown on the family farm and other natural ingredients – no juice from concentrate, artificial colourings or preservatives are used in our liqueur. Every bottle is unique as they are all hand filled, crafted and finished.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Promoting healthier living and staying well.

Bexton Cheese

Charles Hough has been making cheese for more than 20 years. Located in Knutsford, Cheshire, the family business has been in farming for many generations. Individually waxed, handmade farmhouse cheese in various flavours including parsley and garlic’ vintage; chive and onion, cranberry, ginger and tomato and basil.

    • 01565 632006

Black Dog Wine Agency

Black Dog Wine Agency is born of a love of all things New Zealand. We aim to bring you the most exciting wines being made the length and breadth of this amazing country. As we don’t sell wines from anywhere else, we can concentrate on sniffing out the very best New Zealand has to offer.

Blodyn Aur

Blodyn Aur is the first truly Welsh Rapeseed Oil. Welsh grown, Welsh pressed and Welsh bottled.

Caffeine Rush

Caffeine Rush has been developed by the Exchange Coffee Company. We import and roast the finest quality coffees in the world. Our coffee buyers purchase beans only on the basis of their cup quality. We carefully hand roast each bean to perfection in small batches and then it is packed straight after roasting to seal in the freshness, capturing that elusive ingredient ‘aroma’.

Castlemoor Farm Hogroast

We provide the best (allegedly) Hog Roast service in the UK. We slowly oven roast your hog for 8-12hrs providing a delicious moist hog ,with a whole back of tasty golden cracking.

Castlemoor farm is a family run farm off the beaten track in the Corvedale between Much Wenlock and Ludlow.

Chilly Cow Ice Cream

Lovingly made artisan ice cream using our own fresh milk near Ruthin in North Wales.

Chirk Trout Farm & Smokery

Fresh trout, smoked fish, meats & poultry, quiche, pate, and sausages.


Mold is proud to be the first Cittaslow town in Wales, part of the International Cittaslow Movement – improving the quality of life for our community. Mold was accredited as a Cittaslow town during the first Mold Food and Drink Festival 10 years ago. Visit our stand for information about what’s happening in Mold and the beautiful surrounding areas.

Coleg Cambria

One of the UK’s largest colleges with over 7000 full-time students and 20000 part-time learners, with international links.

Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls

Coopers create products using only the best possible ingredients, all with local provenance. Our gourmet sausage rolls are made in Shrewsbury and sold at farmers’ markets, delis, farm shops and rural outlets. Once tasted, they are never forgotten.

Crazy Cow Coffee

Crazy Cow Mobile Coffee was established in April 2011.

Our aim is to make you the best cup of coffee anywhere. We serve our own blend speciality coffee, cold drinks and a wide selection of cakes and snacks.

Creeations Face Painting

Award-winning face painting and balloon modelling.

Daisy’s Cupcakes and Treats

We offer cakes, cupcakes chocolate lollipops also personalized chocolate & much more, the sweet trees are a new addition to what we do they come in different sizes & a wide variety of sweets to suit everybody.

Espresso Eccellente

High quality Italian and Fairtrade espresso coffee drinks.

    • 01248 681985 / 07771945333

Flintshare CSA LTD

Information stand with advice about growing fresh produce.

    • 01244 541021

FoodStation Wales

FoodStation Ltd is based in Snowdonia, North Wales surrounded by glorious views and so we know how to appreciate good things and that is why we sell the highest quality and freshness produce. As a new company that is growing from third year of trading, we are growing in strength with every show we trade. We have young enthusiastic staff working for us who are always on hand to serve our customers with a smile. All our produce is of highest quality and fresh at time of sale. We can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with our service or our produce.

Forever Living Aloe Vera

Founded in 1978, and operating in over 150 countries, Forever and its affiliates have become the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of aloe vera and bee products in the world.


Glitterbody art for all ages! All designs sizes and colours. Fun,funky and affordable waterproof tattoos for the young and young at heart!

Hafod Brewing Company Ltd

The Hafod Brewing Company of Mold, North Wales, was founded in May 2011 with the aim of brewing outstanding beer from the best ingredients.

Hannah’s Restaurant

Hannah Restaurant in Nantwich was our first restaurant to be opened in 1997, a family run, and family friendly restaurant.

Hope House

Respite care for terminally ill children. Charity Christmas cards, diaries and gifts.

  • Jaspersparkle

    The Spoon Ring, a tradition dating back to 17th century Britain, the silver spoon ring was created by the poorer people eg. servants who had access to steal a silver spoon from the Manor house and have it fashioned into a ring for their wedding, as they could not afford to buy precious metalled rings.

Llangollen Brewery

Hand crafted ales, bottles and gift packs.
Here at Llangollen Brewery, we only use the finest ingredients and local underground water source to produce our distinctive Country Ales.

Lukes Cocktails and Coffee

Flavoured syrup, various cocktail equipment, herbal loose tea,coffee equipment.

Lymm Bank Farm

Smoked and flavoured cheeses.

Mal Dawson The Old Chapel, Mold.

Hand-crafted wooden items of furniture.

Mocha Express

Mocha Express is a mobile gourmet coffee service selling a range of delicious freshly ground coffees and hot chocolate as well as a selection of teas, biscuits and cakes.

Naturally Ecuador Ltd

Hand crafted Ecuadorian Tagua jewellery, carvings, and accessories designed and created by Ecuadorian artists.

North Wales Brewery

North Wales Brewery began brewing in 2008. Beers such as Abergele Ale, Welsh Stout, Bodelwyddan Bitter and our specialised Chilli are sold in bottles at farmers markets, food festivals and seasonal shows. Alongside our traditional real ales we produce traditional soft drinks including; Dandelion & Burdock, Ginger, Spiced Apple and Cherry.

Pen-y-Lan Pork

Our sausages are from the four finest parts of our rare breed free range pigs. These parts are the, shoulder joint, leg, pork chops and belly pork. All slightly seasoned, but more importantly made using all natural skins and nothing synthetic, unlike some competitors. The proof of the pudding is every food festival we attend, we sell out.

Pieroth ltd

A selection of wines from our vineyards in France, Brazil, South Africa, Italy and our local Germany quality wines from the Nahe region.

Purple Moose Brewery

Y Bragdy Mŵs Piws / The Purple Moose Brewery is a ’40-Barrel’ micro-brewery based in the historic harbour town of Porthmadog, North Wales, close to the mountains of Snowdonia. Brewing commenced on 14th June 2005 with a one-off special pale ale at 3.5% called ‘No.1′.

Ralph’s Cider & Perry

We are traditional in our methods of production, all of our juice is pressed through a cloth or hair, with either one of our many Victorian oak beam screw presses, or one of our vintage hydraulic presses.

Our Cider & Perry rely on their natural yeasts & tannins to ferment. It is with our wealth of knowledge & experience that we can offer a range of products to suit many tastes.

Rigatoni Pasta

Homemade sauces, pasta, meatballs, garlic bread, soft drinks/water

RT Catering

Caterers based in Worcester also offering Catering Services to the West Midlands, Hog Roasts, Hot Buffets, English Breakfasts, Big Pans and Mexican Food. Wedding Caterer, Christenings and Party Catering, Corporate Event Caterer and Themed Party Catering.

Simply Relish

Artisan producer of chutneys, mustards and award-winning chilli sauces.

Sister Bakes Ltd.

Creators of sweet treats, scrumptious cup cakes and comical cake pops. Our mission,to bring cake joy to the nation!

Springfield Hotel & Health Club

The Springfield Hotel is the perfect venue for conferences, parties, weddings, dinners and cabaret evenings or just a quiet weekend in a fabulous location with stunning views over the Dee Estuary.

Su Casa Cuisine

Su Casa of Oswestry in Shropshire provide large and small events with outstanding catering inspired by world cuisine that can liven up any business meeting or give a memorable aspect to your family gathering and celebration.

Tandem Cymru

Tandem Cymru is a local charity for adults with learning disabilities.

    • 07967 271765

The Big BBQ

Piri Piri chicken BBQ.

  • 07703 856397 or 07809395447

The French Corner

Traditional french bread, baguette, pastries.

    • 0151 521 3500

The Patchwork Traditional Food Company

The Patchwork Traditional Food Company – Fantastic award-winning Pâtés, Tarts, Quiches, Pies and Desserts from Wales, UK.

Truly Scrumptious

Vegetarian pates, chicken liver pates, Welsh rarebit and fish pates.

    • 07866705336

Venture Photography

At Venture we capture your precious moments in time and beautifully present them in our stunning hand-crafted product. Our innovative photoshoots, exceptional photography quality and first class customer service continues to redefine family photography, creating lasting memories for generations to come.

Warner Edwards Distillery

Award winning artisan producers of spirits including Harrington Sloe Gin, Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin and Elderflower Infused Gin.

Welsh Beekeepers’ Association – Flint & District

Live bees in observation hives, information about beekeeping and local honey tasting.

Wrexham Lager

It’s true, Wrexham Lager is back. Since the sad day that it closed in 2000 we know that a lot of people have missed the great taste of Wrexham Lager and now after 10 years absence that great taste is back.

Five Welsh restaurants retain Michelin stars

Welsh food
The Walnut Tree

The Walnut Tree at Llanddewi Skirrid near Abergavenny has retained its Michelin star, the food guide revealed.

The restaurant, which is under the helm of chef Shaun Hill, is one of five Welsh restaurants to be awarded stars in the 2016 Michelin Guide.

Shaun Hill

Mr Hill took over the restaurant in 2008, after former owner and former Michelin-starred chef Franco Taruschio sold the site in 2001. He has worked for Robert Carrier and alongside Brian Turner.

The Merchant House, his 24 seat Michelin-starred restaurant in Ludlow was hailed as the 14th best in the world and turned the Shropshire market town into a gastronomic destination.

Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo, run by Bryan and Susan Webb, retains its Michelin star in the new guide. Tyddyn Llan is also a former True Taste North Wales restaurant of the year, and has built its reputation on seasonal Welsh produce.

The Checkers in Montgomery, which became Wales’ fourth Michelin star holding restaurant in 2011, retains its star. Chef proprietor Stéphane Borie offers classic French cooking.

eating out
A mackerel dish from Ynyshir Hall

Head chef Gareth Ward and the team at Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth, also retained their star.

He joined the Machynlleth restaurant from two Michelin-starred restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham where he worked for three years as sous chef.   He also worked at the one-starred Hambleton and Seaham Hall in Durham.  The main emphasis is about taste and exciting flavours using only the best of Welsh produce.

Monmouthshire’s The Whitebrook also retains its Michelin star. Chris Harrod, who trained at Le Manoir,uses locally sourced food and freshly foraged herbs.

The Felin Fach Griffin near Hay on Wye was awarded a Bib Gourmand for offering good food at moderate prices. Its team prides itself on offering the best of Welsh border produce and keeping its cooking simple.

70 food and drink businesses set to attend Admiral Newport Food Festival

Wales food
Curry On The Curve. Newport

More than 70 food and drink exhibitors have confirmed their attendance at the Admiral Newport Food Festival on October 3.

A Lot Of Waffle
A Lot Of Waffle

Exhibitors based in Newport will include A Lot of Waffle – a new company selling American waffles with sweet and savoury toppings, Big Fish Little Fish –a business  sells crayfish nachos, Curry on the Curve – selling healthy Indian cuisine, Noodles in a Box, and Pulled Pork People. All these businesses will be exhibiting for the first time.

Two of Newport’s newest restaurants will also be showcasing their dishes, Meat Bar and Grill located on Clytha Park Road and Mojo The Foodbar on Clarence Place.

Mojo has Andy Beaumont at the helm. He has previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurant Tyddn Llan and also starred in the BBC series, Great British Menu last year.

Other city-based businesses with stalls are the Café at Ridgeway and Ruperra Arms in Bassaleg.

Avril’s Country Kitchen and Needham’s fishmonger’s based in Newport Indoor Market  will return to the event which celebrates its fifth birthday this year. There will be locally produced Welsh cakes from Fresh as a Daisy. All of these businesses have supported the festival since the very first one in 2011.

The brewery with the Great British Beer Festival’s champion beer of Britain, Cwtch, the Tiny Rebel Brewing Company, will also be in attendance.  Gower Cottage Brownies and Meat and Greek Ltd, regulars at the recent Street Food Circus in Cardiff will also be in Newport.