Foodie Festival is Bigger & Better for 2014!
The bustling market town of Mold is gearing up for its annual food and drink festival this month (September).
Mold Food & Drink Festival will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September in New Street car park, close to the town centre. Now in its’ ninth year, the festival has earned a reputation for being one of the best in Wales and draws avid foodies from all parts of the UK.
It has become a respected showcase for a rich choice of the finest quality food and drink producers from the local area, across Wales and beyond. This year more than a hundred exhibitors will be attending including Snowdonia Cheese, Condessa Welsh Liqueurs, Castlemoor Farm Hogroast, Anne’s Patisserie, Orchard Pigs, Gourmet Vinegars, Wrexham Lager, and the thriving local farmers’ market, Celyn Farmers’ Market, to name just a few!
John Les Tomos, Festival Chairman says: “We’re very excited about this year’s Festival, it’s looking like the biggest to date with lots of new features for visitors to experience. Last year over 13,500 people attended from across Wales, Cheshire, Wirral, Shropshire and other parts of the UK which is fantastic.
“We’re delighted to have several new food producers joining us this year and, as always, there will be a great mix of cooking, live music and hands on foodie activities. We’re confident that visitors will enjoy a fantastic foodie weekend!”
As well as the mouthwatering array of food and drink on offer, visitors will be treated to a programme of celebrity and local chef demonstrations in the Love Food cookery theatre, plus interactive workshops, live music and lots of things to do and see to keep children entertained.
On the Sunday Welsh celebrity chef Bryn Williams, who hails from nearby Denbigh, and is Chef Patron of Odette’s in London and star of S4C’s Bryn’s Kitchen, takes centre stage in the cookery theatre for three impressive demonstrations. On Saturday celebrity chefs Graham Tinsley MBE, Manager of the Welsh Culinary Team, and ITV’s This Morning chef, Marcus Bean, will be cooking their speciality dishes using fresh, local produce. Local chefs will also be sharing their culinary talents, including a master butcher and an artisan chocolatier.
Local honey will be available to sample and buy in the beekeeper’s marquee which is shared with the WI who are sticking with the honey theme for their displays, demonstrations and the popular Best of Welsh Bake-Off Competition open to homebakers. This year the competition is looking for the best homemade Welsh Honey Cake. Full details are on the festival website.
Other attractions include art and craft activities, a huge cooking bus for children and adults to explore, and a display of owls.
Throughout the weekend the festival will play host to a fantastic line up of local bands and musicians providing entertainment to appeal to most musical tastes.
A mouth-watering array of food and drink to satisfy the most discerning tastebuds is available in the outdoor food court – the perfect place to take a seat, enjoy the live music and soak up the atmosphere!
The festival is held in the New Street Car Park in Mold. Doors open to the public from 10am-5pm on Saturday (Outdoor entertainment, food and drink until 8pm) and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children aged 3-12, and £10 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.
Visitors are encouraged to use the FREE Park & Ride service from County Hall/Clwyd Theatr Cymru into Mold town centre.
For full details visitwww.moldfoodfestival.co.uk
This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. It is supported by Flintshire County Council, Coleg Cambria and Cadwyn Clwyd.