After a successful first year, City of Cardiff Council is bringing the countryside back to the heart of the city with the second Cardiff Country Fair. The event, which takes place on September 27 – 28 at Cardiff Castle, will showcase the essence of rural Wales, celebrating the best of farming, food and the countryside.
Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said: “It was great to see thousands of people enjoying last year’s Cardiff Country Fair, especially some of the children who had never had the opportunity to see a farm animal up close before. The event provides families who live in and around our wonderful city the chance to experience the countryside and learn more about where their food comes from. It is an event the whole family can enjoy as we celebrate the countryside in the heart of the city by showcasing fantastic Welsh produce, entertainment, rural crafts and the timely harvest festival.”
With so much to see and do, visitors are encouraged to bring the whole family and make a day of it. Attractions include Best of British Produce, farm animals, baking and handicraft competitions, music and entertainment, talks and demonstrations,
countryside games such as wellie wanging and tug of war, not to mention a fantastic display of tractors.
Great food and drink is an essential ingredient of any country fair so the Cardiff Arms Bar is back by popular demand, offering a tempting array of hand selected local Cider, Ale, and Perry to enjoy whilst listening to live music from local artists on the bandstand.
Included in the price of the ticket this year are a range of masterclasses and demonstrations ranging from butchery to bee keeping.
Sales and Marketing Director at Brace’s Bread, Scott Richardson, said: “Brace’s Bread are delighted to be supporting the Cardiff Country Fair again this year. The event is a great addition to the Cardiff calendar and a wonderful weekend of entertainment for the family.”
Key players in the agricultural community, Farmers Union of Wales and the National Farmers Union, are again supporting the event with their presence, reinforcing the benefits of bringing countryside and urban living together.
NFU Cymru President, Stephen James, said: “People across the UK are becoming increasingly interested in where their food comes from; the Cardiff Country Fair helps to inform people and addresses the hugely important question of food provenance in a fun and entertaining environment.”
Cllr Bradbury continued: “The Cardiff Country Fair is one of a prestigious list of events that take place across the city. Unique and interesting events such as the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival and the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival can have a really positive impact on the city and I’m proud that Cardiff can accommodate so much to entertain and inform residents and visitors to the city.”
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