There’s so much culinary innovation in Abergavenny and Monmouthshire. Our area boasts some top-notch restaurants and pubs for starters. We’ve got growers and makers, real ales, posh teas, wild walks. This year’s Abergavenny Food Festival Fringe brings it all together and celebrates the joy of food, drink, hospitality and creativity across the whole community. And it perfectly complements the core weekend programme.
Abergavenny Town Council is keen to promote the wealth of talent and experiences on offer in the town and surrounding area. This year The Fringe has been made possible thanks to their financial support. There’s a really diverse programme of activities on offer: exhibitions, festive menus, food demonstrations and workshops, music, walks and other special events with a food connection.
Try out some fabulous festive menus. The Angel Hotel invites you to sample some really classy teas – from scented Jasmine Pearls to malty Russian Caravan as part of a high tea feast. The Crown at Pantygelli has a seafood evening with tutored wine tasting. Enjoy wild and foraged food at The Foxhunter and a special tasting menu at the Llansantffraed Court Hotel. Pav and Franco Taruschio are running a pop-up kitchen at the Cricket Club and edible flowers can be sampled at the Raglan Garden Centre’s Sugarloaf Café. There’s a butchers bistro above H J Edwards Butchers courtesty of the Food Workshop Supper Club; and The Inn at Penallt has an eight course tasting menu featuring locally reared produce from Kate Humble`s ‘Humble by Nature’ and their artisan suppliers.
Get top tips from Penny Lewis of The Culinary Cottage who’ll be running a series of food demonstrations at Cooks Galley. Enjoy local real ale cider and perry at The Swan Hotel as part of the Camra Beer and Cider Festival. There are two vineyard tours: Ancre Hill Vineyard is offering a wine-tasting with a Welsh cheese platter and you can take a walk to Sugarloaf Vineyard accompanied by Brecon Beacons National Park Wardens – lunch and wine tasting available too.
There are two annual events in the locality: The Tretower Court Apple Festival which will have over one hundred varieties on display – many to taste; and the Llanover House Rare Plant Fair. Plus there’s a food and craft market in Cwmbran at Llanyrafon Manor Rural Heritage Centre. Abergavenny Community Canteen and Abergavenny Transition Town groups are running an event called ‘Just Food’ in Trinity Church Hall which highlights sustainability and fair distribution and includes films and speakers. Drop into Abergavenny Methodist Church to see a harvest of flowers and food and pick up a bargain at their second hand cookery book sale. Abergavenny Bookshop and Broadleaf Books (Abergavenny) and Rossiter Books in Monmouth are all offering discounts on cookery books – lots to choose from.
Artists and crafts people have been busy too. The Art Shop, Abergavenny will have a display of functional and decorative ceramics from various makers including Dylan Bowen and James Burnett. Outside on the street there will be a pop-up culinary show and demonstration of puppet-making skills. Rob Ritchie of Trappe Studio and Gallery has an exhibition of still life paintings, and artist Louise Collis has captured the landscape of local producers – all on display at her open studio. Jantien Powell has an exhibition and free demonstration at Chapel Cottage Studio and the Crafts Renaissance Gallery is showcasing Anna Lawdays ceramic crocogators, dragons and dinosaurs.
And when you’ve experienced at least some of the above, you can take time out and relax to an evening of beautiful music with Synergy A-Capella Close Harmony Chorus and the Beaufort Male Voice Choir in St Mary’s Church.
For full details of all these events, including booking information, please visit the Fringe pages of the Festival website.