Organic Centre Wales puts Children Centre-Stage at Festival

Heather Myers, Chief Executive of the Abergavenny Food Festival,  is delighted to announce that Organic Centre Wales has come on board as head sponsor of the much-loved Food Academy at the Castle.

2011 - Food Academy7 - photo Toril Brancher“We are committed to building on our reputation as a family-friendly festival. This year, over the weekend of 21 and 22 September, there will be even more opportunities for children to get involved. With Organic Centre Wales’ support we will be re-locating the Food Academy into the Dome – a significantly larger venue. The additional space will enhance the experience for everyone.”


Thanks to Organic Centre Wales the Food Academy will feature an ‘organic takeover’ showcasing the very best of Welsh organic food, with visitors getting the chance to gain inspiration from a series of cooking master classes throughout the weekend. Children of all ages can get involved with hands-on cooking workshops, food mapping activities and much more.

Neil Pearson, Centre Manager at Organic Centre Wales said: ‘We are very pleased to be sponsoring the Abergavenny Food Academy, allowing visitors and children to experience first-hand fantastic Welsh Organic produce. The festival is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase organic food and engage with UK  consumers  to extol the virtues of Welsh organic producers’.

Food Academy sessions are free as part of the Stroller ticket experience. Children under 16 get a complimentary stroller ticket if accompanied by an adult. Full details of the programme of events will be available to view at when box office goes live in early July.

About Organic Centre Wales: Organic Centre Wales (OCW) is a partnership consisting of: ADAS, The Organic Research Centre Elm Farm and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Science (IBERS), Aberystwyth University. OCW is currently delivering the Better Organic Business Links project (BOBL), funded by Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.  The project is designed to support the primary producer in Wales and grow the market for Welsh organic produce in a sustainable way. 

BOBL is also working towards growing consumer demand and more information can be found at:    

For more information contact: Mrs Jenny Mills, Communications Officer, BOBL  tel: 01970 823029  e.mail:

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