Monmouthshire Food Festival at Caldicot Castle

The second Monmouthshire Food Festival of the year was held in the spectacular surroundings of Caldicot Castle and it attracted crowds of people interested in catering and fine food and drink. A wide range of more than 30 organisations including food and drink producers, attended the weekend event to engage in product promotion and health awareness.

The Monmouthshire Youth Service once again hosted the Children’s Corner. Guide Dogs Cymru hosted activities in the Children’s Quarter. Visitors to the Children’s Zone put on a blindfold and tried their hand at buttering bread, making jam sandwiches and preparing juice drinks. The Demonstration Theatre celebrated the very best of Monmouthshire’s chefs and cooks. The chefs demonstrated dishes from fine dining restaurants to top quality pubs. 

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Photographed (Left to Right): Kelvin Potter and Shane Richardson, Head Chef & Sous Chef from: The Piercefield, near Chepstow.

From The Guide Dogs Cymru photographed: Nathan Foy – Engagement officer and Charlie Dale, from the engagement team. Volunteers from Guide Dogs Cymru were at hand with guide dogs to proved information on the work of the organisation. Frank Greig from Guide Dogs Cymru met visitors and guided them around a sensory unit, where blindfolded visitors felt their way around a portable cabin with various surfaces on the walls and floor to get an idea of what life is like every day for people with sight problems. Mr Greig said; “It’s been really busy. We have had a great number of people going through the sensory unit. The charity also benefited from fundraising at the event including a raffle.

Demonstrator Nathan Foy was also at the festival and said he felt happy because many people had stopped by to meet the dogs and find out more about the charity’s work. Mr. Foy said: “Most people think we are an animal charity but really we’re a people charity. We are more interested in getting people out and about.”

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Photographed (Left to Right): Martin Worgan and Mark LeClare from: Flour’d Up – wood fired pizza. Melanie and Daniel Ives from Popty Cara – Homemade Cakes. Photographed below (Left to Right): Mike Micic from Castles Brewery – Hand crafted ales of the highest quality made with the finest ingredients: And Alex Culpin from Ty Gwyn Cider – Craft cider.

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