Monmouthshire Food Festival 2017 at Caldicot Castle and Country Park

The Monmouthshire Food Festival returned this Spring with a full programme of demonstrations, talks, tastings and lots of food and drink to try and buy.

IMG_0473 copyThe Monmouthshire Food Festival was held at Caldicot Castle where crowds of visitors dodged the light showers to attend an event dedicated to food and drink. The High Sherif of Gwent Frank Greig said: This is the first Monmouthshire Food Festival I have attended and there is an incredible wide range of smells and tasted to enjoy. I have sampled a few of the ales and I do recommend them. It is a magical location and Caldicot Castle is an absolute gem.”

Pictured: Chris Harrod (Right) – 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_0447 copy.jpgThe High Sherif of Gwent Kevin Thomas from Monmouth photographed with Mason and Guild Dogs Wales Community Find Raising Development Officer Frank Greig from Cardiff. Frank said: “This is the third year we have enjoyed the support from the people attending the Monmouthshire Food Festival. We come her to spread information and create awareness about the work of our organisation Guide Dog Wales.”

IMG_0436 copy.jpgJames Bainton from Cardiff displaying a range of Forever Living products at the food festival. Founded in 1978 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Forever Living Products is the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of Aloe Vera products in the world. Elsewhere at the festival, among the fun and thought-provoking demonstrations at the Look and Learn Theatre, was one by Nathan Foy of Guide Dogs Cymru, who showed how visually-impaired people operate in the kitchen.

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