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.




















Abergavenny Food Festival is a feast for visitors


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.


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.


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.


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.

Food firms to tempt visitors to Cardiff Christmas Market’s 190 stalls

Thousands are expected to shop at Cardiff Christmas Market

Cardiff’s Christmas Market opens tomorrow – and a number of its stalls offer food and drink treats for your festive shopping.

The market, organised by Craft Folk, will be held at St John Street, Working Street, The Hayes, Hills Street and Trinity Street
Trading Hours – Thursday November 12 (first day) 10am to 8pm. Then – 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm Sunday and 10am to 7pm every Thursday in December. Wednesday December 23 ( last day) 10am to 4pm.

Visitors can commission personalised gifts, sample the food and drink on offer or enjoy a glass of mulled wine to keep warm while browsing. There is a selection of whisky, wines, fruit and cream liqueurs, cheese, hot welsh cakes, roasted nuts, chocolate brownies and delicious hand-made chocolates.

Food exhibitors include Delicia Cakes and Teas, gourmet vegan pies from Mr Nice Pie, spicy products from The Wiltshire Chilli Farm, Severn Ciders Ltd, Brynmawr artisan preserves producer Miss Daisy’s Kitchen, Nutty But Nice selling hot, roasted nuts, Field Bar Wine, and Fudge Philosophy.

Craft Folk says: “This year, we have an extensive rolling programme of over 190 individual businesses selling a wide variety of diverse arts and crafts interspersed with seasonal food and drink.”


Name Trading Name/Website Products Trading Dates
Harriett Addyman The Metal Press Plants and shells cast in pewter and silver as ornaments and jewellery 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Zoe Badger Honey Bee Handmade modern rag dolls, foxes and other soft toys 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Mike Baillon Rustic Reindeer Rustic reindeers, snowmen, owls and penguins of all shapes and sizes 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Anne Baker Miss Daisy’s Kitchen Seasonal artisan jams, chutneys, pickles and honey made with vintage recipes 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Phil Baker Reflective Images Black and white prints of Welsh towns dating from 1890 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Tracey Baker Tracey Baker Ceramics All things ceramic from sheep to cats to bowls and Christmas decorations 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Ruth Angharad Banks Angharad Banks A wide range of textiles for the home 12 Nov to 28 Nov and 17 Dec to 23 Dec
Jennie Barton Glassworks Design Fused and stained glass 22 Nov to 5 Dec
Beacons Creative Beacons Creative Wales Ltd Scented candles, firelights, organic soap and skincare products 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Noa and Geffen Blok NOA Jewellery Jewellery 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Alexana Blott Alexana Blott Sculpture Animal sculptures made from welded stainless steel cutlery 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Dean Bolt Dean Bolt Handthrown and hand built traditional and contemporary ceramics 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Cally Bowen Calleesy Jewellery and Gifts Handmade jewellery and gifts 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Roberta Brown Bobbi – Handmade Children’s Clothes Reversible children’s clothing 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Patricia Bullen-Whatling Pat Bullen-Whatling Gallery Original artwork and prints 22 Nov to 28 Nov
John Bullock Jormae Pourri Dried fruit decorations, wreaths, oils and candles 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Sarah Bunton Sarah Bunton Chocolates Delicious chocolates and luxury fudge 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Catherine Cains Cath’s Twisted Strings Arm knitted infinity scarves and lino cut prints 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Mike Cole Tangled Web Silver, copper and enamelled jewellery and unique ironwork 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Andrew Coslett Andrew Coslett – Fine Art Original artwork, limited edition prints and greetings cards 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Mark Daniel Cambrian Mill Woollen blankets, scarves, fabric and accessories 12 Nov to 23 Dec
David Davies Nutty But Nice Hot roasted nuts 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Karen Davies Purple Shoots A selection of artists and crafts people supported by Purple Shoots 12 Nov to 21 Nov
Rhys Davies Mexichim Mexican Chimeneas and cooking accessories. Recycled metal animals for the garden. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Sian Davies Sian Davies Handmade ceramics and small textiles with ceramic elements 12 Nov to 28 Nov
Nicola Day Land of Make Believe Handcrafted wooden gifts 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Natalie Dennis Bootys Loote Textiles, artwork and greetings cards 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Alex Duck Upton Cheyney Chilli Co Ltd All things chilli: sauces, chocolates, fudge, ciders and beers and chilli growing kits. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Chris Duggan Jackdaw Trading Ltd Handmade lanterns for the home and garden 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Richard Dunstone Woodwasp.co.uk Wooden and acrylic hanging ornaments, bookends and wooden wine boxes 17 Nov to 21 Nov and 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Leanne East Leanne East Illustrator and Designer Original artwork and prints. Art wooden panels 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Alice Eaton Field Bar Wine Homemade award winning fruit and flower wines 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Trudy Ebsworth-Espie Ebsworth Pots Domestic and garden ware hand thrown pottery 29 Nov to 12 Dec
Philippa Edmunds Fairydoorz All things fairy related from fairy doors to fairy dust and tooth chests 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Sarah Elam-Eager Sara & Heart Hand made jewellery. Vintage textiles made into soft furnishings. Artwork. Textile Fauxdermy and Christmas Cards 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Lynne Eller Barafundle Personalised story Cds 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Deborah Ellis Delicia Cakes & Teas Christmas cakes, puddings, loaf cakes and loose leaf teas from around the world 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Victoria Ellis The Mucky Cow Luxury Handmade Soaps Natural handmade soaps, bath bombs and oils 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Hilary Falls Inspirational Fabrics Original textile items in designer fabrics, soft toys and baby quilts 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Pablo Fernandez Churros Ole Authentic Spanish Churros with hot dipping sauce, custard and ice cream 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Hannah Fitt The SAFE Foundation Banana leaf and wicker work from Uganda and beadwork from India sold in support of the charity 12 Nov to 13 Nov
Nadene Fletcher Fired Design Fused and stained glass pendants and soldered vases 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Lee and Julie Ford By Olive Personalised jute and cotton bags and button artwork 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Wanda Freeman Hungry Dragons Gluten free Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, cookies and other speciality cakes.  Sugar free jams. Gift boxes. 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Stephen Gee Direct Beers Bottled beer with attitude 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Gareth Giddings Celtic Seren Pewter work: lovespoons, clocks and figurines and lots more 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Bo Grant The Shake Co Ltd Milkshakes and smoothies with homebaked seasonal goods 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Alistair Guthrie Crepe Escape Delicious sweet and savoury crepes made with local ingredients 17 Dec to 23 Dec
Paula van Haarlem Avalon Handmade semi precious stone jewellery 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Emyr Harris Mr Nice Pie Gourmet vegan pies 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Amanda Hartley Hofficraft Illustrated prints, fimo Christmas decorations, cards and cushion covers 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Sarah Hatton Hatton Willow Willow baskets, sculptures and hurdles 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Timmy Hutcheon Jewellery Basics Wales Hand crafted beaded, wire and fimo jewellery, bracelets and accessories 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Victoria Isaac Little Bit Different Vintage china jewellery, cake stands 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Rachel Irwin Glassybits Fused glass and fine silver jewellery and art glass panels on a coast theme 22 Nov to 28 Nov and 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Sian James Fun & Funky Stuff Handpainted wooden boxes, coasters, blocks and signs 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Enfys Jenkins Retro Aprons Cushions, aprons and other textiles all made from remnants and recycled products 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Jack and Tom Jennings Troyan Pottery Handmade authentic Bulgarian pottery for the home 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Chris Jones Corgi Hosiery Socks, hats and gloves for all the family and cashmere wraps 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Matthew Jones ‘Ave A Go Ceramics Handmade ceramic table and functional ware. You can even throw a pot too! 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Sue Jones Littleheartfelt Children’s dresses, swim bags, hair accessories and baby blankets. 12 Nov to 28 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Chen Jian Jian Chen’s Fine Art Framed and mounted original watercolours and prints 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Steve John Bang Bang Art Original artwork and prints. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Daniel Jones Welsh Slate Welsh slate for the home and garden 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Ceri Lambert Ceri Lambert Designs Button and badge collages. 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Kate Lewis Kate Lewis Jewellery Design Contemporary silver and gold jewellery from the Gower 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis Photography Mounted landscapes and wildlife photographic prints 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Rachel Limbrick Jamie-Erin Handcrafted Gifts Wooden plaques and scrabble frames and driftwood trees 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Gareth Lloyd Lloyd Ceramics A range of abstract, hand pierced ceramic lamps 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Laura Mackinnon Snowdonia Cheese Co Ltd A wide range of cheeses made in Wales 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Bryan Mapstone Llanmead Crafts Wooden fretwork in Welsh: hearts, words, wedding gifts, lovespoons and more 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Laura Matson-Thomas Koko Kitchen Ltd Chocolate brownies 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Stewart Maxwell Shokolat Novelty chocolate gifts 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Michelle Merrill RSPB Cymru Learn about the great work the RSPB do to conserve nature, and how you can help. 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Sally Mitchell Sockadoo Original soft toys hand made from socks 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Beth Morgan-Jones Ewemoo All things animal from foot rests to bunting and much much more 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Lisa Morgan Andorinha Individually hand died silk scarves 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Mandy Morgan Garth Mountain Silver Handmade solid silver jewellery 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Meinir Morgan Gyda Chariad Gifts Vintage Welsh blanket cushions and bunting 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Paul Morgan Uneek Workshop Original wooden products; bowls, vases, candle sticks, picture frames, signs and wooden hearts 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Simon Morgan The Wiltshire Chilli Farm Tasty chilli sauces, jam, chocolate, salt, pepper and oils. Dried and fresh chillies too and plants so that you can grow your own 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Laura and Andrew Morris Personalised Christmas Log Reindeers Wooden reindeers, snowmen and penguins 22 Nov to 17 Dec
Jen Mossemenear Twinkling Moo’s Hand crafted welsh wooden signs, plaques, Christmas decorations and gifts 6 Dec to 17 Dec
Suzette Mugliston The Quilted Pear Lap quilts, wall hangings, table runners, tea cosies and quillows 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Sally-Anne Nelson Condessa Welsh Liqueurs A wide selection of liqueurs, poteen and aged Celtic whiskey 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Tommy O’Rourke Rainbow Glass Creations Dichroic glass jewellery, tiffany and stained glass 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Gemma Owen Fabrikk Design Wrapping paper and gift tags plus cards and calendars 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Anna Palamar Anna Palamar Designs Screen printed cushions, free hand embroidered work 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Annie Pariyar Jalimali Events Hats, bags, scarves, clothing and knitwear all made by hand by their co-operative in Nepal 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Roy Peckham The Pit Pony Sanctuary Hand painted horseshoes, Christmas cushions and other gifts sold in aid of this charity 15 Nov to 21 Nov
Andrea Perkins Our Crafty Cwtch Personalised wooden plaques, hearts, trinket boxes and photo frames 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Trudi Petersen Pearls Dream Candles and Ferric Fusion Ironwork Candles and hand forged ironwork 13 Dec to 23 Dec
John Richard Phillips Bethan John Silver and gemstone jewellery. Fused glass work; bowls, platters, plaques and light fittings 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Emma Sian Pritchard Memosa Art Original artwork on canvas and in frames 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Heidi Radbone Liquorice All things felt: handbags, soaps, scarves, brooches to name just a few 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Rachel Rasmussen Rachel Rasmussen Artwork and sculptures inspired from her paintings 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Rhian Rees Material Girl Textiles: cushions, draught excluders, door stops and more 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Anwen Roberts Draenog Cards, prints, mugs and coasters all with a Welsh theme 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Rhiannon Roberts Rhiannon Art Original artwork framed and as place mats, coasters, glass cutting boards 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Victoria Rogers The Cardiff Story A variety of gifts sold in support of The Cardiff Story 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Geraint Sage and Grainne Nash Aromawakening Organic skincare products for all skin types 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Chris Saltmarshe Through Welsh Eyes Photographic images on canvas, blocks and frames 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Tony Seddon Rustique Rustic home and garden sundries, handmade and reclaimed lamps 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Claire Seely Claire Seely Glass Design Traditional handmade leaded glass work 6 Dec to 17 Dec
Greg Shearman Chock Shop Mouth watering chocolate brownies smothered in hot chocolate sauce 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Karen Shellam Fresh as a Daisy Delicious hot welshcakes and Welsh buttered Bara Brith 12 Nov to 28 Nov
Victoria Shepherd Signs of the Sea Painted wooden plaques, driftwood hangings, mirrors and trees 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Neal Shipp Celtic Country Wines Fruit wines and liqueurs.  Mulled wine by the glass – it is delicious! 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Severn Cider Severn Cider Ltd Award winning ciders and perrys to take home and enjoy. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Matt Smith The New Theatre Publicising tickets for their forthcoming New Theatre and St David’s Hall shows 14 November
Joy Sowden and Adrian Wilson Coinwear Old British and foreign coins made in a variety of gifts including cuff links, pendants and earrings. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Daniel Stallard Daniel Stallard Artist Colourful images inspired by nature. 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Jeremy Thomas Jeremy Thomas Atmospheric framed artwork 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Marc Thomas Cartref a Gardd Fragrant candles in containers and reed diffusers 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Margaret Thomas Lili Wen Designs Hand made jewellery 29 Nov to 12 Dec
Megan Thomas Pretty Little Sewing Box Personalised Christmas stockings and decorations 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Sharon Thomas Belisama Candles Candles, wax melts and wooden wick jars 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Penny and Ian Thyer Leatherwise Ltd Handmade leather goods and accessories 23 Nov to 12 Dec
Martin Todd Beverly Todd – Glass Artist Glass art as pictures, sun catchers, coasters and dishes 12 Nov to 22 Nov
Amanda Treverrow Wire Art and Jewellery Delights Wire and hand forged art for the home and jewellery 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Rhys Watkins Crafty Devil Brewing Ltd A selection of craft beers brewed in Cardiff 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Phillip Watts Tirglas Crafts Wooden candle holders, driftwood decorations and lamps 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Katy Webster Miri Screen prints, textiles and illustrated jewellery 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Sara Wevill Sara Grace Wevill Ceramics Functional and decorative pottery and hand made beads 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Amanda Whitfield Fudge Philosophy Homemade fudge, meringues and chocolate bars 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Vivienne Wigmore Kalso-design Handmade jewellery and accessories 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Byron Williams CheekyBucket UK Fine art prints for all ages 12 Nov to 21 Nov, 29 Nov to 5 Dec and 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Jeremy Williams Herbs on the Hill Events A wide range of soaps, incense, massage oils and creams 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Jill Williams Fat Mamma’s Caribbean Patties Tasty Jamaican patties 12 November to 23 December
Julian Williams Natures Best Designs Luxury wooden homes for our winged and prickly friends 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Sara Llewelyn Williams Perl Jewellery made from cutlery. Silver and copper plated jewellery 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Jacqui Willmott JaxBee Crafts Handmade textile animal doorstops, birds, JaxBee dolls, quilts, lavender hearts, owls, seahorses and birds 12 Nov to 12 Dec
Hoppi Wimbush Flower Power Organics – Artisan Skincare Face and hand creams, lip balms and body butters 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Simon Winchester and Tahsin Zatman Win-Man Designs Origami Christmas cards, paper bonsai plants. Christmas decorations and paper wreaths 18 Dec to 23 Dec
David and Lucy Wittig Gift of Glass Handcrafted ornamental glassware with daily demonstrations 12 Nov to 21 Nov
Peter and Esther Wong Artbless Original artwork and hand designed jewellery 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Adrian Wood and Tanya Williams Crafty Gift Shop 3D box frame art, kit form lanterns, artwork and greetings cards 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Saifon Yoothapong Designer Florist Handmade flowers, candles and clay ornaments 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Business Wales
Sali Barter The Welsh Chocolate Experience Chocolate bars, lollipops and truffles. Hot chocolate stirrers. 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Stephen and Alison Birch Skalis Beith Recycled glass bottles, lamps, bowls, goblets, coasters, jewellery and beads 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Bo Grant The Shake Co Ltd Milkshakes and smoothies with homebaked seasonal goods 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Pamela Gresty Cwrtau Bach Deli Foods Company Fresh and preserved foods inspired by flavours across the globe 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Jan Tucker Fair Do’s Fair Trade gifts 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Rebecca Gunn Inch Blue Baby shoes and baby gro gift sets 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Cristyn Harris Little Bobbin House Lampshades, bunting, table runners and roll out beds 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Louise Smith Louise Smith Illustration Original drawings, paintings and small sculptural pieces 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Cherie Thomas Sew Unique Fleece children’s clothing and accessories 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Arielle Tye ProMo-Cymru/The Abacus Gifts sold in support of their charity 17 Nov to 21 Nov
David Griffiiths Teganau Tegid Toys Traditional wooden toys for children 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Yvette Herbert Glitzy Glasses and Jewellery Glittered glassware: vases, glasses, candles and jewellery 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Lisa Rees Contempo Catering Glamorgan sausages, seaweed suet pudding and other vegetarian dishes and a range of bakewell slices 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Beverley Thomas Fruitastic Bouquets Ltd Marshmallows and fruit covered in chocolate 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Joanna Tomczyszyn Jo Art and Design Home decorations, decoupage, jewellery, Christmas decorations 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Alexis Hughes Strawbees Designs Button art frames 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Eileen Moore Drop In Centre Development Trust A selection of cakes and gifts sold in support of the Drop In Centre 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Mandy Morgan Garth Mountain Silver Handmade solid silver jewellery 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Huw Williams Cosmic Anvil Comic books and associated artwork 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Jo Ashburner Red Dragon Flagmakers All things knicker related never seen before 2 Dec to 5 Dec
Catherine Hoar Fragrant Times Handmade bath and body products 2 Dec to 5 Dec
Grug Jones Cwm Rhondda Ales Real ale 2 Dec to 5 Dec
Amy Sian Lewis Little Valley Stitch House Textiles: Christmas bunting, cushions, stockings, wreaths 2 Dec to 5 Dec

Food traders delighted as thousands visit Newport Food Festival

Street food on offer at the festival
Street food on offer at the festival

Thousands of people lined the streets of Newport today for the Admiral Newport Food Festival.

As chef demonstrations took place in locations like Newport Market, more than 70 stalls were selling produce to the public outside in the streets – from street food to home made chutneys, cakes, and chocolates.

Last year, the event attracted 13,000 people, and it’s hoped that number will be beaten when this year’s attendance total is totted up.

Many traders have been attracted by the fact the event is free – unlike some of the other food festivals in south Wales, including Abergavenny.

Odette Phillips of Clam’s Handmade Cakes

Odette Phillips, of the family firm Clam’s Handmade Cakes, said: “It’s better than Abergavenny for us as it’s free so people have more money to spend with traders like us.”

Mrs Phillips said trade had been brisk at today’s event.

“Many came because of the macaroons we made especially for the event – we’ve sold out now!” she said.

“This is our second year, and it’s been very busy. There’s a great atmosphere.”

Claire's Kitchen preserves
Claire’s Kitchen preserves

Ant Cook, who set up Parc Pantry in Malpas 13 months ago with business partner Matt Ellis, agreed.

“It’s been very busy. We wanted to come last year, but we’d just set up and it wasn’t feasible. We’ve always wanted to be part of the city centre, though business rates make that difficult for many companies like ours. Events like this mean we can have a presence in the city centre and more people of Newport can get to know us,” he said.

Three months ago, Parc Pantry took over tea rooms in Belle Vue Park in the city – and have now obtained a licence to hold weddings there.

“We’ve had around 12 weddings. We also have control of the bandstand, and we are planning a Christmas market in Belle Vue,” Mr Cook added.

Chocolates on display
Chocolates on display

Alex Culpin of Ty Gwyn Cider, which started life in the Monnow Valley and is now based at Pontrilas on the Monmouthshire/Herefordshire border, was at the event for the first time.

“We’ve been impressed with this event,” he said.

“We go to a number of food festivals including Abergavenny and Ludlow. This event has been really busy – a lot of people are buying rather than just sampling and moving on.

“A number of other alcohol producers might be put off because the event itself doesn’t have an alcohol licence. But it’s very simple to get a special licence yourselves, and it shouldn’t put people off.”

On the Ty Gwyn stall was the Ty Gwyn Dabinett cider, which I sampled.

The cider is produced from a mixture of Michelin and Dabinett  apples, and is a sparkling medium cider which I found refreshing, perfectly fruity and with just the right amount of spritz. Little surprise that Ty Gwyn’s ciders have won fans across the UK, including Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi.

Crowds at the Admiral Newport Food Festival

All you need to know about Cardiff’s International Food Festival this weekend

60,000 people are expected at Cardiff's International Food Festival
60,000 people are expected at Cardiff’s International Food Festival

AROUND 60,000 food fans are set to descend on Cardiff Bay this weekend.

The annual Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival will feature eating, drinking, live music and entertainment.

Visitors can watch cooking demonstrations by top chefs, browse stalls selling local produce, and there will be a farmers’ market. There will be taste from around the globe. The timings for the free event will be:

Producer’s Fayre: 12noon-9pm Friday, 11am-9pm Saturday, 11am-7pm Sunday

Farmers’ Market: 12noon-7pm Friday, 11am-7pm Saturday/Sunday

Food Piazza: 12noon-10pm Friday, 11am-10pm Saturday, 11am-7pm Sunday

Craft Stalls: 12noon-9pm Friday, 11am-9pm Saturday, 11am-7pm Sunday

Blaengawney Farm Gwatkin Cider Sarah Cooks
Bread of Devon Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Ltd Selwyns Seafood
Caerphilly Preserves Homemade Country Preserves Septimus Spyder Drinks
Caws Cenarth Cheese Hot Roasted Nuts Shepherd’s Ice Cream
Celtic Country Wines Irvin Confectionary Snowdonia Cheese Co Ltd
Celtic Spirit Co Little Jack Horners Sub Zero Ice Cream
Condessa Welsh Liqueurs Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream The Blaenafon Cheddar Company
Cowpots Love Patisserie The Chocolate Brownie Company
Devon Fishcakes Narna’s Chocolates The Fudge Box
Dewi Roberts Butchers Perfick Pork The Garlic Farm
Elm Tree Foods Produce of Stuttgart The Gift of Oil
Farmhouse Deli Radnor Hills The Handmade Scotch Egg Co
Fire Foods Ralph’s Cider and Perry The Original Welsh Oggie Pie Co.
Fudge Factory Riverford Organic Farms Tudor Brewery
Gilly’s Samosaco Wessex Pantry
Asiaspicebox Fresh As A Daisy Sorai
Carn Edward Farm Heather’s Harvest Susan’s Farmhouse Fudge
Caws Teifi Cheese Little Welsh Deli The Celt Experience
Claire’s Kitchen Mr Fitzpatrick’s Cordials The Continental Bakery
Contempo Catering Narna’s Chocolates The Dangerous Food Company
Cottage Sweets Oh Sugarplum! The Pudding Shop
Cwm Deri Vineyard Pastamore The Wiltshire Chilli Farm
Delicia Cakes & Teas Popty Cara Toffoc Ltd
Dream Blue Trading Co. Retro Shots Tudor House Preserves & Welsh Craft Foods
Emily’s Jams and Pickles Riverside Market Assoc Ty Gwyn Cider
Enhance Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice Cream Untapped Brewing Company Ltd
Field Barwine Ltd Samosaco Yo Go Go Frozen Yogurt
Food Station Wales Seasons Farm Foods  Crafty Devil Brewing
Parsons Nose The Strawberry Stop The Welsh Creperie
The Wrap Shack  Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company
Cambrian Organics Meat and Greek Ltd Taste of Persia
Gaucho BBQ Mela Street Food The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Co. / Café Mor
Glamorgan Vale Hog Roast Ltd Morgans Family Butchers The Spanish Buffet
Greta’s Wholefoodies Old Granary Pierogi Welsh Venison Centre
Griffiths Bakery Ltd Roly Poly Ltd Yum Yum
Indian Delights Shabbanakle

Bandstand & Entertainment Timings

Bandstand (all sets 45 minutes)
Friday Saturday Sunday
12pm Donnie Joe’s American Swing Peel Your Own Spuds Slap Your Mama Big Band
1pm Baraka Red Ray Maelog
2pm Fiesta Resistance Miss Maud’s Folly The Zen Hussies
3pm Tantz The Dandos Slap Your Mama Big Band
4pm Rob Heron and The Teapad Orchestra Maddassa Soul Band Maelog
5pm Donnie Joe’s American Swing Peel Your Own Spuds The Zen Hussies
6pm Baraka Red Ray Slap Your Mama Big Band
7pm Fiesta Resistance Miss Maud’s Folly
8pm Tantz The Dandos
9pm Rob Heron and The Teapad Orchestra Maddassa Soul Band
Entertainment, Farmer’s Market (all sets 30 minutes)
Friday Saturday Sunday
12.30pm The Railroad Skiffle Quartet The Saxalettes 89-91 Band
2.30pm The Railroad skiffle Quartet The Saxalettes 89-91 Band
4.30pm The Railroad Skiffle Quartet The Saxalettes 89-91 Band

Tafwyl is baking up a treat of a fair for foodies in Cardiff

Last year, 16,534 people attended the Tafwyl fair in Cardiff.

The Great British Bake Off's Beca Lyne-Pirkis
The Great British Bake Off’s Beca Lyne-Pirkis

This year’s Tafwyl Fair 2015 will be held at Cardiff Castle, on July 4 and 5 – and it’s set to provide free fun for all the family.

There will be stalls in the fair promoting Welsh produce, and workshops, literary sessions, music, cookery, art and drama sessions. The fair runs between 11am and 9pm on both days.

On the main stage there will be live performances by folk, rock and pop artists in the Welsh pop scene, including Yws Gwynedd and Geraint Jarman, acoustic sessions, street entertainers, dance sessions, sports field, and activities for children of all ages.

In the food and drink marquee, there will be a talk with Poblado Coffee, pure chocolate workshop with Coco Caravan, an Indian cookery demonstration with Purple Poppadom, a baking demonstration with Great British Bake Off’s Beca Lyne-Pirkis, and a  cheese tasting session with Caws Rhydydelyn.

You could learn how to brew Cwrw Melyn Bach with Tomos & Lilford Brewery, and join a Welsh ale and cider taster session. For children there’s a chance to bake some cakes and treats for homeless and disadvantaged young people with Llamau.

The fair’s popular Bake Off competition returns thanks to sponsorship from cyfreithwyr.com, with guest judges Beca Lyne-Pirkis and Nerys Howell. The competition for under 11’s is to bake and decorate 3 cake pops, and the competition for under 16’s is to bake and decorate 6 cupcakes.  For adults, the brief is to bake and decorate a sponge cake so let your imagination run wild and create something special! For the winner of each category we have a special prize – afternoon tea for two at Waterloo Tea Gardens. You must register to compete at www.tafwyl.cymru.


The street food corner will include ten tempting reasons to visit:

Bangkok Cafe – http://www.bangkokcafe.co.uk/

Authentic Thai street food, using locally sourced ingredients and herbs and spices imported from Thailand

Parsnipship –  http://theparsnipship.co.uk/

Hand-crafted fine vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Original and provocative dishes packed with big, punchy flavours

Grazing Shed – http://www.thegrazingshed.com/

Gourmet burgers from Cardiff


Healthy fast food on the go.

Welsh Creperie Co. – http://www.thewelshcreperie.co.uk/      

Gourmet sweet and savoury crepes and Breton galettes, all made to order with the freshest of ingredients.

Ffwrnes Pizza – https://www.facebook.com/ffwrnespizza

Wood Fired Pizzas made using simple ingredients produced by real artisans

Meat and Greek – https://www.facebook.com/meatandgreek

Cardiff based Greek Cypriot family sharing their authentic Souvlaki with the rest of the community.

Fablas – http://www.fablasicecream.co.uk/

A rural company based in the Vale of Glamorgan producing high quality artisian ice creams. Fablas go from cow to cone within a 3 hour period, producing a high class proiduct that is unbelivelbly fresh and locally produces. Look out for a few special adult ice cream flavours including the pink champagne sorbet and mojito ice cream!

Brodies Coffee Camper-  http://www.brodiescoffee.co.uk/

Quality coffee & home baked goodies

Milgi – http://www.milgilounge.com/ 

For the first time this year Milgi will be hosting a cocktail bar – the Hedgerow Bar. The concept really is simple – to serve super seasonal, foraged homemade drinks to anyone who needs a little thirst quencher.

Bar Syched

There will also be two bars with a large range of ales, lagers, wines, spirits, soft drinks tea & coffee. Our Syched Bar will be selling a range of Welsh ales.

Six things for a Welsh foodie to do this bank holiday

This bank holiday is the perfect time for a food-lover in Wales to try something new. But….what to do?

Here are my suggestions to sweeten the three-day weekend with some top-notch Welsh food and drink activities:

1. Take a trip to Selwyn’s Penclawdd Seafoods in Marsh Road, Llanmorlais, Swansea, to pick up some world-famous Penclawdd cockles, laverbread, or crispy seaweed for a real taste of the Gower. You could  also bring home some seaweed soap.

2. Make your way along the Clwydian food trail, showcasing the gastronomic delights of the north Wales area of outstanding natural beauty. The trial which can be easily driven in a day goes from Loggerheads through the market towns of Ruthin and Denbigh, on to Llandyrmog and back through the Vale of Clwyd. It starts at Caffi Florence in Loggerheads Country Park, takes in Rhesgoed Farm Shop and Leonardo’s Delicatessen in Ruthin, Denbigh Chocolate Shop, Rosies Cider, Patchwork Pate and Llaeth y Llan.

Find out more at http://www.foodtrail.co.uk

3. Visit the pop-up street food night market in Cardiff city centre, which is running throughout May and June.

The street food circus is open between 5pm and 11pm at the old stable yard, John Street, and includes food from Hokkei Box – Baos, Purple Poppadom Street Kitchen, Hangfire Smoke House, Mr Churros, Slow Pig, El Salsa, Ffwrness, Tipi Pizza, Patagonia Steak Shack, and Nelly’s Barn.

4. Check out the Welsh perry and cider festival at Caldicot Castle and sample some of the 120 perries and ciders on offer. See previous Gusto post for details.

5. Treat yourself to a gorgeous ice cream  from Verdi’s  at the Mumbles. The ice cream parlour has fantastic sea views and is the perfect pit-stop after a day’s walking. The Turkish delight ice cream is a personal favourite.

6. Stroll through the vines at Parva Farm vineyard in Tintern, sample and buy some of the winery’s award-winning vintages.

Enjoy your bank holiday!