Beaumaris Food Festival returns on 31st August & 1st September 2019. The festival is organised by Anglesey Events ltd and is set in a stunning location next to Beaumaris Castle and the Menai Strait with the picturesque Snowdonia Mountain range providing the perfect backdrop, we can’t think of a better location that encapsulates the very essence of Wales’ 2019 theme ‘The Year of Discovery’.
As always this hugely popular event promises to be a wonderful weekend filled with food, drink and entertainment. There will be over 100 exhibitors, ensuring that there is something for everyone, and with Local, National and International Food producers in attendance you’ll be sure to discover a taste of Wales and beyond!
In addition to the abundance of food, drink and crafts, there will be quality entertainment including live music , chef demonstrations by local, celebrity chefs, and guest speakers talking about a range of topics, from Anglesey’s nature hotspots to sustainability.
There will be plenty to keep little ones entertained, including children’s cooking classes & a fantastic storyteller offering interactive sessions.
There will be some quality chef demonstrations including –
Lee Watson, vegan chef and author of peace and parsnips,
Live music from Local choirs, brass bands, solo artists and popular Ska band (skariad)
The ‘Talk Tent’ includes Bangor University who are offering talks and activities that link the arts, film, music, literature, history, culture) to food. There will also be talks from local Beekeepers and a Red Squirrel Ranger.
It’s set to be a great weekend, so come hungry, and although there are plenty of tables around feel free to bring a blanket and soak up the wonderful
◦ Admission is £5 per adult or £7 for weekend, accompanied children go free. Free parking and half price admission to Beaumaris Castle for festival goers!
The main purpose of Beaumaris Food Festival is to raise money for local causes and the festival has raised nearly £120,000 since it began in 2013.
31st August & 1st September 2019
Come and see the Top Chef demonstrations, Live music, 100+ stands including Food exhibitors and Crafts. Discovery tent, performing arts and much more!
£5 one day adult ticket, £7 two day adult ticket
accompanied under 14 year old Children FREE
Free parking for festival-goers
Saturday 10.00-19.00 / Sunday 10.00-17.00
Half Price Admission To Beaumaris Castle (31 August & 1 September only) with your Food Festival Ticket offering our visitors half price entry to the castle during the Food Festival, we are delighted to share that they will be hosting a Medieval Food Fayre within the castle walls
There is free parking for festival goers a short walk away, with free park and ride also available.
As you may be aware , the delay to the flood alleviation work means that the usual entrance to Beaumaris festival FREE parking field on castle meadow is still blocked, however the festival organisers have been working with the contractors Alun Griffiths and Isle of Anglesey County Council to find a solution!
There will be a diversion in place taking you along the seafront and to the top of Llanfaes and along the Henllys Lane (this will be a one way road during the 31st August and 1st September) which will take you back into the parking field, it will add on a couple of minutes to your journey but this will be the safest route to the parking field – From here you have the option of walking to the Food Festival or getting on one of the free food festival park and ride buses, which will be running frequently throughout the weekend.
Disabled parking for blue badge holders only is available in the Canolfan, Beaumaris Health Centre and Library car parks.
Music for Saturday includes Kiani Marie, Brodyr Magee, The Bassmen and North Wales Ska tribute band Skariad.
Sunday includes the phenomenal Seindorf Beaumaris Brass Band, will be performing at 10.30am on Sunday 1st September, this comes just two weeks before they go on to compete at the National Championships of Great Britain! Definitely not to be missed! Boncathod, Threnody, Paul De Marco and Miv, Kev & Dave will also be performing on Sunday.
1pm – 2pm Simon Doyle, Harry’s Bistro
Owner/Chefs Simon and Nia Doyle are a well-known Anglesey combination. Their unique style of bistro-style food has been presented during their time overseas and in some of the best restaurants on the Island. Simon and Nia have established their popular bistro with Seasonal and Welsh menus as well as their own modern dishes using suppliers of produce sourced locally from the Island of Anglesey.
2pm – 3pm Danny Baker, Jackfruit
After moving to North Wales the kitchen helped me heal a broken heart. From there I worked my way up from a pot wash to Head Chef. Taking every second available as an opportunity to further my infatuation. Morning, Noon and Night I was experimenting, researching., tasting.
I’m completely obsessive and nothing has consumed me like plant-based cuisine. My style has been described as having ‘a progressive, rich, and bold approach to vegan food that captures classic flavour palettes and brings new ideas to the table.’
I’m continuously hungry for more opportunities to break boundaries and introduce new people to a whole new world.
Animal products traditionally take centre stage on the plate and I’m here to show you that there is a new way of thinking about food. I will be demonstrating in 3-ways, with only mushrooms at my disposal, how we can generate umami in our food without the use of animals. Mushrooms completely revolutionised my passion for my work and took me back to basics but not as you know it.
11am – 12pm Neil Davies, Catch 22 Valley, Anglesey
A contemporary family run restaurant in Valley on the isle of Anglesey driven by a passion for food!
The menu changes with the seasons and centres around locally sourced ingredients to create dishes with international flavours (and a few British home comforts). Everything from the freshly baked sourdough to the famous ‘Snicker’s’ trifle is produced from scratch by Neil and his team.
They have also gained a reputation for their vegetarian and vegan dishes.
12pm – 1pm Andy Tabberner, The Gaerwen Arms, Anglesey
Andrew trained at University College Birmingham and achieved a national diploma level 3 in professional cookery. He then went on to work for Will Holland at La Becasse and at Coast Restaurant.
In 2015, Andrew won Junior chef of Wales. This then led to him joining the loft restaurant at The Bull Beaumaris in November 2015.
In October 2016, he took over as Head Chef and impressively achieved two AA rosettes by January 2017. In June 2018 Andrew became Executive Head chef of the Bull Beaumaris, looking after both of the restaurants the hotel.
The Loft Restaurant was voted 49th best UK restaurant by Hardens Square meal 2017. In July this year Andrew along side business partner and good friend Oli Thompson opened their first restaurant ‘The Gaerwen Arms’ on Anglesey
Andrew trained to become a Bee Keeper in 2016 and was included in the Caterers ‘menu watch’ in 2017.
Andrew is proud to change his whole menu on the first of every month, keeping it as seasonal as possible. He is proud to use as many suppliers on the island of Anglesey as possible.
2pm – 3pm Lee Watson, Trigonos and The Beach House
Lee is the author of the vegan cookbook ‘Peace and Parsnips’ and one half of the presenting team of 24 Hour Kitchen’s ‘Meat vs Veg’.
A food adventurer who travels the world ‘veganizing’ local dishes, combining two of his main passions, travel and cooking. Based in rural North Wales, Lee cooks at Trigonos, an idyllic retreat centre and organic vegetable farm.
Home is with his partner Jane in the Beach House, from where he writes the blog ‘The Beach House Kitchen,’ focusing on local, seasonal produce given a regular global twist.
When he’s not playing with pots and pans, he enjoys running in the hills, yoga, gardening, poetry and playing his favourite Canadian guitar.
Lee has travelled extensively and will be sharing some of his travel and cooking stories from around the world.
3pm – 4pm Jason Hughes, Bocca Italian, Menai Bridge
Jason represented Wales on the Great British Menu 2018. Joined the Bocca Italian team in January 2019 having been head chef at Chateau Rhianfa. Bocca are opening a new sister restaurant called Tapestri in Menai Bridge soon: watch this space…
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