We went to Newport Food Festival today. And what a gorgeous autumnal day it was for it.
I believe this is the second year the festival has taken place and we really enjoyed our first visit. The stalls were well spread out along Newport’s main shopping street and onto the riverside so there wasn’t the scrum for a free cheese sample that you usually get at say, Cardiff Bay food festival. In fact, our longest queue was for the Back Yard Company’s jerk chicken, which was sooooo worth the wait (see the picture below for a not very flattering pic of me devouring it!)
The point that really sets this festival aside though is the chef demonstrations, which took place on stages in the high street and in the market hall. There were big names such as Bryn Williams from Odettes, James Sommerin from the Crown at Whitebrook and Anand George of Cardiff’s Purple Poppadom. The Riverfront theatre also hosted cookery workshops for children over 8, which is a fantastic idea.
The only negative is the city centre location, which I thought felt quite disjointed. I noticed a few bemused looks from local shoppers, perhaps wondering where all these foodies had come from. However, I’m expecting big things from this food festival.
And hopefully more jerk chicken.