Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Abergavenny Food Festival 2015 - Photo Diary

After visiting Abergavenny Food Festival for the first time on Saturday I'm still grinning from ear to ear! I had the most brilliant time and below is a photo diary of my day with another blog post to follow with my experiences as a first timer to the festival.

The day kicked off with some glorious sunshine as we awaited the train to Abergavenny from Cardiff Central.

First up on arrival was a lovely reception at the utterly gorgeous and stylish Angel Hotel, which I can't wait to go back and visit again soon. Melanie Doyle, the newly appointed Chair of the Festival introduced the always entertaining, hugely talented and instantly likeable Cyrus Todiwala who said a few words to open the festival.

I was lucky enough to have a few minutes with Cyrus to ask him about his thoughts on the state of Indian food in Wales and the UK. More about my interview with Cyrus in my next blog post.

Picture courtesy of Huw John

Then it was out into the festival taking in the buzzing Market Hall,  Brewery Yard and Castle.

It didn't take too long for our stomachs to start rumbling, so we got stuck into some truly amazing food a drink.

As an avid people watcher I couldn't help but notice everyone having such a great time, maybe it was the sunshine, maybe it was the excellent and varied selection of food and drink on offer or maybe this is the best darn food festival I have ever been too! One couple were so caught up in the moment they broke out into dance. Also if you keep your eyes peeled you never know who you may see!

Raymond Blanc taking a stroll 

Our day closed in style with a Theo Randall Masterclass, where he showcased recipes from his new book 'My Simple Italian' including recounting his record breaking 'Omelette Challenge' time on Saturday Kitchen, 14.76 sec!

As we caught the train back to Cardiff with our bellies full and our bags heavy from all the foodie goodies we had bought, I couldn't help but feel that I had fallen head over heels for this utterly brilliant festival and Abergavenny. Next year's festival can't come soon enough.

More blog posts to follow about my first time at Abergavenny Food Festival.
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