Monmouthshire Food Festival

IMG_0944Monmouthshire food festival held at Caldicot Castle provided cookery demonstration theatre, producers market, look and learn theatre, BBQ corner, children’s quarter and an incredible edible – an urban gardening project display.

Pictured: Chris Harrod (Left) – the Chef Patron of the Whitebrook, a restaurant tucked away in the Wye Valley. Chris said: ‘We are inspired by the most amazing local ingredients, foraged herbs and mushrooms from the valley. We want our guests to experience the valley on the plate.’

Henry Ashby started foraging for fun and friends. He believes that wild food plays a significant part in making Monmouthshire a centre for food lovers. Henry said: There is no best way for foraging. The coast, fields, moors and woodlands in Monmouthshire are all ideal. He now forages for Michelin starred chef Chris Harrod from the Whitebrook near Monmouth.

IMG_0931Jules James (Left) from Black Mountain Gold Fine Artisan Chocolate pictured with Buster Grant (Right) from Brecon Brewing.

Jules said “I always loved chocolate and after conducting a feasibility study, decided that creating an Artisan chocolate retail business could provide a living and fulfill my passion for chocolate. I love working with chocolate and am one of only a handful of “Master Chocolatiers” in the UK. Everything is handmade on site from luxury truffles, boxed collections for special occasions to individual bars. The new outlet allows visitors to actually watch me making the chocolate creations while they browse, and a Chocolate Tasting and Making Workshop is a must.”

Established in 2011 by Buster Grant, one of Wales’ best known brewers, Brecon Brewing have created a range of beers full of flavour and character inspired by the dramatic locality, working with the local community and reigniting interest in Brecon.

They produce cask real quality real ales and now also have bottled beers for sale in their brewery shop and online.

Caldicot Castle is an extensive stone medieval castle in the town of Caldicot, Monmouthshire, in southeast Wales, built near the site of Harold Godwinson’s former Saxon castle by the Norman earls of Hereford from about 1100

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