Foodies set to flock to Caerphilly’s annual festival


Thousands of people will flock to Caerphilly on Saturday for the town’s annual food festival.

Around 100 traders will line the streets offering everything from ice cream and baklava to pulled pork and liqueurs.

There will also be a farmers’ market and craft market, where shoppers will find produce, hand-made goods and gifts.

There will be Broil BBQ demonstrations and children’s cookery classes in the Twyn Car Park, along with puppet shows, donkey rides, ‘crazy waiters’, and street magicians at the top of Cardiff Road.

Musical attractions will include The Voice contestant Tobias Robertson, Tomos Lewis, Maddie Jones, Buffalo, and Francesca’s World Salad. They will perform below the visitor centre opposite the castle.

The event is free and will be held between 10am and 5pm. Town centre roads will be closed to traffic. See more about the event here:


Food stallholders

A ‘N’ G Concessions t/a Dinky Donuts Concession – Sweets Baked Goods (donuts), Snow Cones, Candy floss, hot & cold drinks

Ally’s Confectionary Sweet – Novelty sweets

Boozy Bods Ltd Alcohol – Beers

Caerphilly Preserves – Preserves

Cafe Refresh Concession – Hot Food – Pork carvery, burgers, hotdogs, steak

Caws Cenarth Cheese – Cheese

Celtic Spirit Co Alcohol – Whisky, Liqueur

Cherry Tree Wales – Cheese, Preserves, Chutneys

Churros Ole Limited Concession – Churros

Clam’s Cakes – Sweet Baked Goods

Coffi Cwrt Concession – Hot Drinks

Cottage Sweets Concession – Sweet – Marshmallows

Creative Kitchen Caterers Ltd Concession – Hot Food – Gourmet Grilled Cheese Style Sandwiches (Xmas Mulled wine)

Cwm Deri Vineyard – Alcohol – Wine & Liqueur

Delicia Cakes & Teas – Sweet Baked Goods, Loose Tea

Dimkin’s Patisserie – Sweet Baked Goods – French Macarons

Doughnutterie Sweet & Savoury – Baked goods – bread, donuts, pastries

Ellyse En Jay Sweet – Chocolates

Elm Tree Foods – Savoury Baked Goods

Ffwrnes Pizza Concession – Hot Food – Pizza

Flapjack Fairy – Sweet Baked Goods

Foods of Distinction Concession – Hot Food – Meatballs, skewers, hotdogs, burgers, vegetarian burgers cold drinks

French Flavour Ltd – Alcohol – French food such as beer, cider, garlic strings, honey, tapenades, saucisson

Gwatkin Cider Co Ltd – Alcohol – Cider, Perry

Gwynt-Y-Ddraig Cider – Alcohol – Cider, Perry

Helen’s Homebakes Ltd – Sweet & Savoury Baked Goods

Herbs & Spices Ltd – Herbs & Spices

Huckleberry Treats – Alcohol – Liqueur Italian Green Taste Olives, nuts, baklava & Turkish delight

La Triestina Ltd – Alcohol -Italian Deli products including cheese, chocolate pasties, wine

Lee’s Ices Concession – Ice cream

Van Lilos Concession – Pasta boxes, salad wraps

Little Grandma’s Kitchen Preserves – Chutneys

Little Valley Bakery – Savoury Baked Goods – Breads

Lymn Bank Farm – Cheese, Chutney

Maison Crepe Concession – Hot Food – Crepes

Monster Cones Concession – Snow cones

Mr & Mrs Olive UK Ltd – Olives, nuts, baklava, Turkish delights, fudges, liquorice

Mrs Brown’s Bakes – Sweet Baked Goods – Biscuits

Narna’s Chocolates – Sweet Baked Goods

Nibble Nose Cheese – Cheese, Gift hampers

Old Granary Pierogi Concession – Hot Food – Baked pierogi, soup, cold drinks

Perfect Tipple – Alcohol – Wine, Vodka

Pulled Pork People Concession – Hot Food – pulled pork

Rhosyn Farm Produce Concession – Hot food – Rare breed meat, sausage on a stick, sausage and burger baps, wraps and curry

Riverford Home Delivery = Organic veg boxes – orders only

Season’s Meats – Exotic & Game (Non Concession – Cold)

Sims Food Ltd (Samosaco) Concession – Indian Food

Snowy Cones Ltd Concession – Snow cones

Sorai Sauces

The Blaenafon Cheddar Company – Cheese, Preserves

The Fudge Box Sweet – Fudge, confectionary

The Garlic Farm Preserves, Chutneys, Garlic products

The Jacobi Brewery of Caio Alcohol – Beer

The Wonky Kitchen Sweet – Fudge

Urban Jungle Coffee Concession – Hot & Cold Drinks

Vegetarian Food Studio – Indian Food

Webbers Fish Merchants Ltd Concession – Seafood

Yo-Cart Ltd & Waffle’licious Concession – Frozen Yoghurt & Belgium Waffles

Farmers’ market traders

Dave Eggs • Samosa Co • Carrie Bags • Raw Chocolate • Ty Siriol • Ty Mel Smallholding • Afan Vale Chocolates • Elm Tree Foods • Charming Trinkets • Autumn Whimsey • Paul’s Organic Veg • Annie’s Mythical Emporium • DeeBee Crafts • Blackbrooke Pottery • Miles Better Baking • Penrhiw Organic Meats • Plant 2 Plate • Drwytho • Welsh Witches • Moongate Cakes • Field Bar Wines • Perfect Impressions Jewellery • Welsh Italian Pizza

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