The Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival has been granted Big Lottery funding for a programme of demonstrations promoting accessible, healthy eating and cooking on a budget as part of the 2016 festival programme.
More than 100 food and drink producers exhibit at the festival, many of them local to the Vale of Glamorgan, and the event regularly attracts visitor numbers of over 25,000 to the beautiful market town of Cowbridge.
Festival organisers are hoping to address the perception of high costs and inaccessibility that are often associated with buying and cooking quality local produce with a series of demos including family meals for under £5, healthy cooking with kids and cooking as a family.
The funding from ‘Wales Awards for All’ will cover demonstrations led by a variety of local chefs and restaurants including the team behind the hugely popular, Barry-based Hangfire Smokehouse, and will seek to increase skills, creativity in cooking and encourage a better understanding of nutrition and healthy eating.
Speaking about the festival’s approach, Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival Event Manager Polly Wilson said: “We’re hoping we can showcase how quality, local food can be used within a family budget for better health and wellbeing as well as promoting the importance of local produce to the community and showing that it doesn’t have to be expensive. We want to encourage the idea of eating as a family and preparing and cooking a meal together to re-establish the sense of community and communication that come with eating as a family. ”
This year’s Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, which takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend of Sunday May 29th and Monday May 30th will also feature the hugely popular Food Court with a variety of fresh food and drink. Support has also been confirmed from Cardiff Marriot, Capital FM and local opticians Norma Davies.
Most recently Great Western Railways have included Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival in their supporting of local food festivals as an important part of their commitment to the communities wherever their trains travel. This is part of them celebrating the GWR ‘Summer of Food’ and offers key promotional activity on their valuable station sites as well as coverage to passengers and staff.
The family-friendly atmosphere at Cowbridge continues through the sites with live music and entertainment all weekend from a variety of sources, including the team from Capital FM and The Voice star and Aberdare roots-rocker Ragsy.
Little foodies are never forgotten at Cowbridge with a host of children’s activities taking place all weekend at The Old Hall Gardens. Expect crafts, birds of prey and lots of food-themed fun for younger visitors. Although not a ticketed area your tickets will allow you to receive special offers and discounted activities in this area. And to help combat the crowds, if parents wish to leave their buggies somewhere safe, there will be a “buggy park” operating in the Vale Forge Food Court site.
For more information about the Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival visit: cowbridgefoodanddrink.org