Car parking in all council car parks is now just £1.00 on any Saturday!
This event is organised and funded by The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil.
July 2018 Update
Merthyr Food Festival. The place to be if you love food.
The festival, which runs from 10am to 5pm, will feature a wonderful array of stalls offering a wide range of produce from artisan cheeses to handmade chocolates, flapjacks to chilli sauces, ciders to liquors and cakes to herbs and spices.
This year’s hot food stalls includes exciting new participants as well as returning favourites with a line-up that features The Bearded Taco, Plowman’s Lunch, Cham Cham, Puckin Poutine, Vale Hog Roast, La Frogga and Bwdiful, not to mention the chilled delights of Fablas Ice Cream.
Those who want to try a local tipple are also well catered for with a magnificent array of stallholders selling cocktails, gins, wines, liquors, beers and ciders, with ample opportunity to taste and buy.
Organised by The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District (BID), the stalls are located in Penderyn Square in the heart of the town. Entry to the festival is free.
New for 2018 is Merthyr Pop-Up Vegan Fest, taking place in St Tydfil Shopping Centre, only a couple of minutes’ walk from Penderyn Square. The festival is delighted to welcome Mr Nice Pie, Kind Protein, Those Vegan Pizza Guys, Calon Cakes, Aah Lovely, Alter Vego, Handlebar Barista and CaribSwede Vegan Bakery Company for the first time and hopes to welcome many vegans as well as those interested in finding out more about delicious vegan food and vegan friendly gifts / crafts.
This year’s programme of chef demos, in the beautiful setting of the Redhouse courtyard, has a sweet theme and is ideal for those keen to get tips on how to make perfect chocolates, unusual flapjacks and more.
The festival also promises lots of laughs and interaction for all the family. Visitors will be able to enjoy entertainment from a living fruit and vegetable man, Froojamaflip, and his gardener friend Fred, whilst there will be comic capers from Mark a la Carte and Jason Maverick, foodie fun on high with stilt-walker Jim Millar and lots of competitions with the Capital FM street stars. Add to this face painting, balloon modelling, fun food-based science with Science Made Simple and animals from Greenmeadow Community Farm, and it promises to be a wonderful day out for all the family.
Festival organisers The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil BID hope to attract over 5000 visitors. Antonia Pompa, BID Co-ordinator said, “This is always an enormously popular event and a brilliant showcase for the great range of food and drink available in the South Wales region. We are delighted to be welcoming some fabulous vegan businesses for the very first time and I’m sure they will go down a storm.”
She added, “Merthyr comes alive during the festival and we are proud to invite so many visitors to our town. It really is the perfect way to spend your Saturday. Try out tasty local cooking whilst you are here and then take home lots of delicious local produce to enjoy later.”
She added, “I would urge visitors to spend the day in Merthyr town centre. It is only £1 to park in the pay and display car parks all day so enjoy the food stalls, the chef demonstrations and the live entertainment, but also visit our local shops and cafes around town to make the most of a relaxing day out.”
June 2016 Update
Merthyr Food Festival Returns for More Foodie Heaven
Some forty producers of the finest food and drink from South Wales and beyond will be descending on Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 16th July for the third Merthyr Food Festival.
Entry is free and the festival takes place in Penderyn Square in the heart of Merthyr Tydfil town centre between 10am and 5pm. In addition to the food stalls, there will be a programme of chef demos in the iconic Redhouse Old Town Hall building as well as craft stalls, street theatre and an all new family food zone.
Amongst the food producers, cooking stalls and local breweries taking part are festival favourites such as Narna’s Chocolates, Caroline’s Real Bread, Glamorgan Vale Hog Roast, Tudor Brewery, The Original Goodfillas, Samosaco, Gwynt Y Draig, The Fudge Box and Chilli of the Valley.
Variety is, however, the spice of life so there will also be lots of new tasty treats to try out from, amongst others, Lonestar Tex Mex, Gwatkin Cider, Caerphilly Preserves, Little Black Hen, The Crepe Escape, Shirley’s Raw Chocolate, Sorai, The Welsh Confection, Wandering Food and The Artisan Cook.
New to this year’s event, the family food zone is located in St Tydfil Shopping Centre and features Science of Food Busking where visitors can find out how colour influences taste perception, how miracle berries make bitter foods taste sweet and how the application of force affects non-Newtonian fluids. There will also be the chance to meet the laboratrists of Science Cream and try out their liquid nitrogen ice cream as well as have a go on Techniquest’s smoothie bike.
Spectacular live entertainment comes from Mark a la Carte, Maynard Flip Flap and Vamos Theatre’s Cheapskate Catering Agency, whilst the Heart Angels will be on hand with lots of activities for younger foodies.
Festival organisers The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil BID hope to attract well over 5000 visitors. Antonia Pompa, BID Co-ordinator, said, “Merthyr Food Festival is a wonderful celebration and showcase for the great range of food and drink available in the South Wales region. We want visitors to our festival to try out tasty local cooking whilst they are here, take home lots of delicious local products and hopefully some new ideas for cooking with locally sourced produce.”
She added, “I would urge visitors to spend the day in Merthyr town centre. It is only £1 to park in the pay and display car parks all day so enjoy the food stalls, the chef demonstrations, the live entertainment and the family food zone, but also visit our local cafes and shops around town and enjoy a relaxing day out.”