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Christmas in The Marches – 10 fab food fairs to put you in the festive spirit!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

CHRISTMAS IS in the air along the English-Welsh borders and we’ve got the High Towns and low downs of some of the best festive food and drink fairs to visit around The Marches. From Abergavenny to Shropshire, Brecon to Ludlow, don’t miss the awesome artisans and  independent producers of this amazing food region who’ll be selling their gastronomic delights for Christmas. Here at Taste The Marches we’ve been to some fairs already – we’ve picked up festive fennel and cinnamon salami, craft ciders, flavoured roast coffee, Christmas nougat, gorgeous liqueurs and chocolate gifts. And to keep our spirits up while we shopped we’ve had mouthwatering street food, mince pies and mulled wine. We must admit – we love a Great British Christmas food fair so here are 10 you might want to consider. So get your earmuffs and appetites to the ready and head out for some happy festive...

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Don’t miss the Monmouthshire Food Festival at Caldicot Castle, October 8th-9th

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

MONMOUTHSHIRE’S BEST chefs will showcase the fabulous food and drink to be enjoyed in the county’s fine hotels and restaurants from October 8th-9th. Yes, the Monmouthshire Food Festival is back! Caldicot Castle will again play host to this great food festival, which is now an annual day out for food lovers on the English-Welsh borders. The Producers Market will offer artisan food and drink to try and buy. The food producers come from Monmouthshire and neighbouring counties and will be joined by other fine food producers from across Wales. Michelin star restaurant owner Shaun Hill, from the Walnut Tree near Abergavenny, will be demonstrating at the festival for the very first time. So too will ‘rising star’ chef Charles Rouse of the Chainbridge Inn near Usk. Show organisers say: “Expect to see something different when Charles takes to the stage in the Demonstration Theatre....

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Taste buds to the ready – it’s Abergavenny Food Festival!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

WITH ITS Night Market, Meat Market, World Food Market, Gin Palace, amazing stalls and Chef Masterclasses, it can only mean one thing – it’s Abergavenny Food Festival! Spread across different locations of this pretty Welsh town, the Abergavenny Food Festival has become a must in the annual foodies calendar. Jam-packed to the brim with food and drink to buy, tutored tastings, cookery schools, tours, forages and live entertainment, there’s not much you can’t find.  Check out fantastic street food, local meats, bread and bakery goods, cheeses, sauces, spices, preserves, craft beer, wine, artisan spirits and all the sweet stuff. Plus some of the biggest names in the culinary world will be giving demos and talks, and sharing ideas from their new cook books. Masterchef ‘The Professionals’ chef Monica Galetti, who is set to open her first restaurant called Mere in Charlotte...

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Monmouthshire gets ready for its Food Festival at Caldicot Castle (June 4th-5th)

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Events, Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

IF BUYING LOCAL is important to you then food doesn’t get more local than at Monmouthshire Food Festival, which takes place from Saturday 4th June to Sunday 5th June at Caldicot Castle. Head to the Producers Market where you can buy a beer that’s been brewed just 1.5 miles away. You’ll also find bread baked just a a few miles away in the village of Redwick, as well as a range of local farmhouse cheddars, craft ciders, charcuteries and 46 different varieties of tea – all prepared just minutes from the festival. This year, Monmouthshire Food Festival welcomes Chris Harrod of the Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms who will be preparing his original fine cuisine made with local produce. A Michelin star chef, Chris also cooks with freshly foraged herbs and plants thanks to expert forager Henry Ashby. Henry will also take to the stage to talk about his unique method...

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Food & drink producers welcome new food festival at Lucton School in Herefordshire

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Events, Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

THE FIRST food event of 2015 in The Marches is also a first for Lucton School, which hopes its brand new food fest will become an annual event. The Lucton Food Festival takes place on Saturday March 14th and will be an indoor show featuring over 30 food and drink exhibitors from three counties. Products will range from pickles, chutneys and organic honey, handmade chocolates, fresh organic and smoked meats, to delicious breads, pastries and freshly shaken juices. Festival-goers will be treated to a day of sampling, demonstrations and workshops at the prestigious school. Lucton was founded in 1708 by John Pierrepont who was himself involved in the London drinks trade as a vintner. Organiser Becky Howl hopes the event will have a broad appeal. “The Lucton Food Festival is something for the whole family to enjoy,” she said. “We’re...

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Get set for a hot weekend as the Chilli Festival returns to Eastnor for sixth year!

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Events, Festivals, Food & Drink | 0 comments

EASTNOR CASTLE, set in beautiful Herefordshire, is set for its sixth annual Chilli Festival this bank holiday (Sunday April 30th and Monday May 2017). This crazily hot, utterly fab food festival offers every type of food with chilli – from chilli chocolate, sausages, fudge and brownies to vodka, cheese and bread! With food brands like Hot Headz, Grim Reaper, Mushemi Fire, The Winking Chilli, Fat Man Chilli and Becky’s Bhajis you’re guaranteed to have spice, heat and plenty of pepper on your bank holiday at Eastnor! In past years, steel bands and salsa music blare out to greet you as you make your way into the grounds of this idyllic English castle. And it’s more of the same this weekend! The eleven-piece salsa band Los Squideros will be playing several sets, as are the popular Roving Crows, a Celtic folk band who will be playing a vibrant...

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