8th – 9th October 2016
The Monmouthshire Food Festival comes to you at the time of autumn plenty with a full programme of demonstrations, talks, tastings and lots of food and drink to try and buy.
The Demonstration Theatre features many of Monmouthshire’s best chefs who will give a taste of the county’s finest hotels and restaurants. We are also delighted to welcome a number of new chefs to the Demonstration Theatre.
Shaun Hill chef/patron of Michelin starred restaurant the Walnut Tree near Abergavenny will be joining us for the first time. Shaun Hill is one of Britain’s most enduringly successful chefs. During his long career he has forged a unique style with a string of timeless dishes. He shows no sign of slowing up and still ‘shakes the pans’ (Hill’s typically self deprecating term for the job of the professional chef) at The Walnut Tree.
Some of the cleverest canines around will be attending the Monmouthshire Food Festival, courtesy of Guide Dogs Cymru. The charity is offering visitors a chance to get up close to a guide dog or puppy and find out more about their vital work.
Guide dog owners will also take a leading role in cookery demonstrations, showing how blind and partially sighted people prepare mouth-watering meals from scratch. Younger visitors can put on a blindfold and try their hand at buttering bread, making jam sandwiches and preparing juice drinks. For a brief insight into living with sight loss, take a blindfold walk in the Sensory Tunnel.
The Look and Learn Theatre offers an interesting programme of talks, demonstrations and tutored tastings.
Watch Jules James, Master Chocolatier from Black Mountain Gold as he shows how to dip truffles and temper chocolate and much more. Tasters will be on hand.
Henry Ashby, renowned local forager, will talk about the many varieties of wild food that autumn has to offer. Wild food has become better known as many chefs are now using them as ingredients in their dishes. He will also have a display of foods to illustrate his talk.
The Producers Market offers delicious food and drink to try and buy. The food producers join us from Monmouthshire and neighbouring counties together with the finest producers from across Wales.
The Producers Market offers delicious food and drink to try and buy. Artisan chocolate from Black Mountain Gold, cider from Ty Gwyn, fruit wines and liqueurs from Cwm Deri, real ale from Brecon Brewing and tea specialist Morgan’s Brew to name just a few.
We are delighted that the Children’s Quarter will once again be hosted by the Monmouthshire Youth Service. They will have lots of activities to engage, entertain and educate our younger visitors.
Treat yourselves to a picnic in the grounds of the Castle with food and drink from our Producers.