Blasus! Food festivals in North Wales are on their way. Time to tuck in!

 

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It’s time for food festivals in North Wales! As the summer season draws to a close, North Wales gears up for the next busy period in the tourist calendar. As the steamy days of summer give way to misty autumn, North Wales turns up the heat of a different kind – now we’re cooking with gas!

Each autumn the region transforms into a hotpot of gastronomic delight for visitors as ‘food festival season’ gets into full swing with a banquet of lip-smacking events taking place right up to Christmas.


Blasus is the Welsh word for delicious – visit any one of of these fantastic foodie festivals and we guarantee you’ll be saying it again and again!

September

Beaumaris Food Festival, 10-11 September

With Beaumaris Castle in the background, this is one festival that may just catch some late-summer sun, making it an excellent way to round off your holiday season.

It also helps to raise funds for local beneficiaries, with nearly £25,000 paid to the local leisure centre last year, so you’re helping the community to thrive too.

For more information visit the website.

Conwy Honey Festival, 12-13 September

Running back-to-back with Beaumaris Food Festival, head to Conwy for this celebration of bees’ busy work, not only including edible honey, but also products like honey soap and beeswax candles.

You can meet the beekeepers in person, too, making this a great educational opportunity for inquisitive children and adults alike to find out more about the profession.

To plan your visit to Conwy’s Honey Fair visit the website.

The Good Life Experience, 16-18 September

This discovery weekend isn’t your ordinary food festival, but instead honours food and drink as part of an overall outdoor lifestyle, alongside crafts, entertainment, fairground rides, music and literary performances.

Again, organisers will be hoping the late-summer weather holds fair for the weekend, so all who attend can make the most of the open-air festivities.

Fancy a slice of the good life too? Visit the website for full details of the festival, including events and exhibitors.

Mold Food & Drink Festival, 17-18 September

Over 13,000 visitors are expected to attend Mold Food & Drink Festival, with stalls and displays from 120 local food and drink producers.

Celebrity chefs will be on hand to answer questions and carry out cooking demonstrations, with classes and workshops available too.

Find out more here.

October

Llangollen Food Festival, 15-16 October

The Llangollen Food Festival also goes by the shorter name of ‘Hamper 2016’, so look out for events under both names in mid-October.

Local produce from cheese to ice cream will be on show, so head along to any of the events and dig in for a delicious taste of Llangollen life over two days in early autumn.

Bring your own hamper and fill it with goodies! For more information visit the website here.

Gwledd Conwy Feast, 22-23 October

This food festival officially takes place over the weekend on the Saturday and Sunday, but those in the know will arrive on Friday.

Why? Because the event kicks off with a bang – quite literally – as a packed Friday evening itinerary is rounded off by a lavish firework display in the skies over Conwy.

There are music and arts events on the schedule too, turning this from a gastronomic weekend into a celebration of local culture.

You can engage with the organisers ahead of time via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and unlike many events, the 2015 website has been preserved in full, so you can remember your visit or take a look at what you missed out on.

Fancy munching your way along Conwy Quay too? For the full festival line up, visit the Gwledd website.

December

Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair, 3-4 December

There’s never a bad time to visit the famous village of Portmeirion, but early December is an especially good time to head there and sample some local delicacies.

Its late-season scheduling is an added bonus, as it’s not just one of the last chances in the year to attend a food fair – it’s also one of the earliest Christmas markets in the holiday period.

As such, the food stalls nestle in among craft stalls too, and you can enjoy a range of locally sourced snacks, hot and cold foods, as well as drinks including mulled wine, all while getting some Christmas shopping done at the same time.

Plan your festive visit here.

(Image courtesy of ‘afeitar’ via Flickr.)

What’s on around North Wales this August Bank Holiday weekend

August Bank Holiday North WalesAugust Bank Holiday North Wales is always a busy time here, and this year is no different, with a host of events on the doorstep of the Royal Victoria Hotel and in the area surrounding beautiful Llanberis.

Remember, it’s your last chance for a getaway before the start of the school year, and the last fair-weather Bank Holiday of the year, so make the most of it!

Bank Holiday Fun, Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is impressive at any time, but add in a little re-enactment and storytelling and it’s a truly magical place for all the family. “1295 And All That” is a show that takes place in the grounds. It tells the story of a peaceful time at the castle…of sorts. Tensions are running high between the English and Welsh guards and maids. Find out how their stories unfold: discover how Sergeant Cooper defends Caernarfon Castle…hear stories of brave Welsh Princes…find out how illness and injuries were dealt with in medieval times…and, most importantly of all, hear the latest juicy gossip!

The show runs on Sunday August 28 and Monday August 29. Prices and more details can be found on CADW’s website here.

Pools of Discovery at Penrhyn Castle

On Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August, Penrhyn Castle is hosting Pools of Discovery, one of its wild nature days, and come rain or shine, this one’s likely to get you wet.

Kids will relish the chance to build their own racing raft and take to the water, while there are also educational opportunities to learn more about what lives beneath the surface.

The event itself is free, although normal admission charges apply to enter the castle grounds, and there’s no need to book in advance – all are welcome, so this is a great last-minute option for a day out.

Plas Cadnant Gardens

Finally, if you’re still in the area on the Tuesday, Plas Cadnant Gardens is one venue with events scheduled beyond the Bank Holiday itself.

On 30 August, be sure to arrive by 2pm for a guided tour of the gardens led by on-site botanist Phillip Brown. There’s no extra charge for the tour, on top of the normal price of admission, so again this is one you can keep on standby and decide on the day.

For those of you who love gardening, Plas Cadnant is one of North Wales’s hidden garden gems. We think the opportunity for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour is too good to miss!

Glass Butter Beach Festival

This annual festival in beautiful Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula blends music, surfing and wakeboarding. This year’s line-up on its main stage is impressive, including Wolf Alice, Naughty Boy, Katy B and Kodaline. The event takes place between Friday August 19 and Sunday August 21 and there are still some tickets available. Royal Victoria is little more than 45 minutes’ drive from Abersoch. If you fancy the fun without the camping, why not stay with us and enjoy the show from here?

Meet the Household, Plas Mawr

The lavish Tudor house of Plas Mawr, situated in the historic walled-town of Conwy, is throwing open its doors over the Bank Holiday Weekend, and on 27-28 August you even have the chance to ‘meet the household’.

Your exploration of the premises will be met along the way by members of the Wynn family – an immersive guided tour experience delivered by historians in character. Among others, meet Robert, the family patriarch. He’s a proud father and husband whose loyalty to the family is tugged by the ravages of the Civil War.

It’s a chance to experience the property as it would have been in its heyday, and to understand more about what life would have been like living within its walls.

St Asaph Car & Motorbike Show

On your way to or from Royal Victoria Hotel, just off the A55, head to Llanerch Park in St Asaph on Bank Holiday Monday for a show that is perhaps best suited to petrolheads of a certain age, although the kids are likely to enjoy looking at the wide variety of automobiles on display too!

There are hundreds of exhibitors, with entertainment aimed especially at keeping the children occupied throughout the day.

Best of all, it’s in aid of a good cause, as proceeds will go towards supporting the RNLI – meaning your Bank Holiday day out could realistically end up saving lives at sea in the near future.

Image: knight in armour courtesy of Jeff Kubina, 2006.