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.


lucknam park
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


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.

Michelin-starred chef in line-up for Newport Food Festival

Newport Food Festival

The line-up of chef demonstrators at this year’s Newport Food Festival has been announced today.

Last year’s event attracted 10,000 visitors.

All demonstrations at the Admiral-sponsored event are free at Newport Indoor Market on October 3.

The line-up includes Hywel Jones, executive chef for The Park Michelin-starred Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa restaurant and The Brasserie, who has been the festival’s patron.

Jones started his career with David Nichols at The Royal Garden and then moved on to work as chef de partie in two Michelin 3-star establishments; Chez Nico at 90 and Marco Pierre White. He furthered his skills as junior sous chef at Michelin starred Le Souffle. He earned his first Michelin Star at Foliage restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park where he was head chef for five years. He was also executive Chef at Pharmacy Restaurant in Notting Hill.


Teenchef Final 11am
Hywel Jones- Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa 12 noon
Simon Crockford- Celtic Manor Resort 1pm
Rickie Ash – The Ridgeway Bar and Kitchen 2pm
Steve White – The Ruperra Arms 3pm
Curry Cook off – Poppadoms vs Rachel’s Curry Kitchen 4pm


Emma Evans – The Green Caerleon 11:30am
Andy Beaumont – Mojo The FoodBar 12:30pm
Jamie O’Leary – Jols Food Co 1:30pm
Hang Fire Smoke House 2:30pm
Adam Whittle – Celtic Manor Resort 3:30pm
Bruno – Bruno’s Bakery and Patisserie Caerleon 4:30pm

Exhibitors and producers this year are:

Allys Confectionary
Althaea Gourmet Mallows
Asia Spice Box
Avril’s Country Kitchen
Baked By Mel
Bespoke Brewing Co
Big Fish Little Fish
Bill King Artisan Baker
Black Mountains Smokery Ltd
Boonta Too Thai Food
Caws Cenarth Cheese
Claire’s Kitchen
Clam’s Handmade Cakes
Curry On The Curve
Dinky Donuts
E F Foods
Elm Tree Foods
Fine Wines Direct
Flapjack Fairy
Fresh as a Daisy
Gower Cottage Brownies
Grandma Bees
Hardwick Hampers
Jayne’s Bakes
La fleur de Chocolat
Leadbury Cider & Juice Co Ltd
Maison Crepe
Meat and Greek Ltd
Meat Bar and Grill
MoJo The Food Bar Ltd
Mr Olives
Mrs Brown’s Bakes
My Own Curry
Needhams Fish Mongers
Noodles in a Box
Old Granary Pierogi
Oscar’s Kitchen
Parc Pantry
Pizza Wheels
Potato Twisters
Pulled Pork People
Riverford Organic Farms
Rocket Juice
RSPB Cymru
Seasons Farm Foods
Tasty Bites
The Café at Ridgeway
The Gate at Llanfrechfa
The Parsnipship Ltd
The Preservation Society
The Ruperra Arms
Tiny Rebel Brewing Co
Tudor Brewery
Ty Gwyn Cider
Untapped Brewing Co Ltd
Urban Eats Wales
Varsity Coffee
Village Table Company
Welsh Food Box Company