As the summer draws to a close, there’s still plenty to look forward to, including two exciting September food festivals.
There’s possibly no more enjoyable way of exploring a place than via a culinary expedition. This September two British food festivals – in both Aldeburgh and Abergavenny – are inviting visitors to eat, drink and become acquainted with beautiful surroundings.
Abergavenny Food Festival (21-22 September) will showcase some of the most exciting adventurers in the food world; as well as cooks there will be performers and writers who will make the festival an entertaining and educational experience. There are 200 exhibitors across five venues and around 50 special individually-ticketed events to choose from. Tutored tastings are on offer: go to Ham School to learn how to carve, create the perfect Bloody Mary and find out how some of the most delicious Welsh goats cheeses are made. There are also plenty of chances to explore this pretty town on the edge of the awesome Brecon Beacons, from mushrooms foraging to a walk around the magnificent Abergavenny Castle’s meadows, identifying plants that have medicinal or culinary properties.
The following week sees the launch of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival (27 September – 13 October 2013), a two-week extravaganza celebrating the best food and drink in Suffolk. Now in its eighth year, the main festival takes place over the weekend of 28-29 September at Snape Maltings, a beautiful space just outside of the seaside town that was opened as a concert hall by Aldeburgh’s most famous son, the composer Benjamin Britten (whose centenary is celebrated this year).
There are a further 50 fringe events in and around Aldeburgh, including bread-making workshops and wine tastings. There are plenty of opportunities for farm walks, behind-the-scenes visits to food producers, celebration dinners and talks. Last year 12,000 visitors enjoyed the festival.
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival: Tickets cost from £8 for adults and £2 for children. There is free parking during the entire weekend.
Abergavenny Food Festival: Tickets cost from £7.
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