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

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

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.

The Chainbridge Inn, Usk

The Chainbridge Inn, Usk

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. His cooking style features molecular gastronomy forged when he worked for Heston Blumenthal.”

The Monmouthshire Food Festival has a full programme of demonstrations, talks, tastings and lots of food and drink to try and buy. The Guide Dogs Cymru will be offering you the chance to get up close to a guide dog or puppy and find out more about the charity’s vital work.

Jules James, master chocolatier from Black Mountain Gold

Jules James, master chocolatier from Black Mountain Gold

The Look and Learn Theatre offers an interesting programme of talks, demonstrations and tutored tastings. Jules James, master chocolatier from Black Mountain Gold, will show how to dip truffles and temper chocolate.

Local forager Henry Ashby will talk about the many varieties of wild food that autumn has to offer. Many chefs are now using wild food as ingredients in their dishes.

Some of the finest food and drink producers will showcase the best of what the English-Welsh borders can offer food lovers

Some of the finest food and drink producers will showcase the best of what the English-Welsh borders can offer food lovers

Monmouthshire Food Festival attracts some of the most local of Welsh producers. Castles Brewery is just a mile and a half from Caldicot Castle drawbridge. A little further afield is the Parson’s Nose from Dingestow near Monmouth. The meat for their sausages and burgers is reared on their farm using traditional free range farming methods.

Just over the border in Newport is Baked on Green Street from Redwick, who are famous for their divine doughnuts. Avril’s Country Kitchen from Llanwern Village, are makers of fine preserves. Their jams and chutneys are made from the freshest fruit and vegetables, many of which come from their own garden or foraged from local hedgerows.

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: 'One of the most exciting festivals on the food-lover's calendar - get yourself down to Caldicot immediately!'

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: ‘One of the most exciting festivals on the food-lover’s calendar – get yourself down to Caldicot immediately!’

There really is something for all the family, including the Children’s Quarter, which will be hosted by the brilliant Monmouthshire Youth Service. They will have many activities to engage, entertain and educate younger visitors to the festival.

Dates: Saturday 8th October & Sunday 9th October 2016
Where: Caldicot Castle (Find it here)
Tickets: Adults £5, Children under-12 Free
Opening times: 10am – 4.30pm
Visit: monmouthshirefoodfestival.co.uk for more details of exhibitors.

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