Monmouthshire Food Festival 2018

IMG_2964 copyPictured (L to R): Liam Whittle and Clive Williams demonstrating and inviting members of the audience to learn about and to taste great cuisine.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to Monmouthshire over the weekend (02 to 03 June) for a food festival at the heart of Caldicot Castle. Crowds of visitors from the county and beyond enjoyed the sunshine to attend the event dedicated to food and drink, with sweet and savoury treats along with a range of locally produced ales and spirits to sample.

Liam Whittle is a top quality development chef with 17 years experience, having trained as a chef at the Celtic Manor Resort before working for three of Britain’s best chefs; Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton and Marcus Wareing in Michelin star restaurants. Liam was a semi finalist on the BBC Master chef. Liam is now development chef for a wide range of dishes for restaurants and supermarkets.

Clive Williams has been Head Chef at the Parkway Hotel and Spa, Cwmbran for 6 years, and has over 20 years experience with is early experiences at the Celtic Manor Resort. Since then he has held positions in many top restaurants and hotels in the local area before moving to the Parkway Hotel as Head Chef in 2012. He has a passion for using local produce particularly when top quality ingredients are in season. The parkway hotel Ravellos restaurant has recently been awarded 2 AA Rosettes.

IMG_2980 copy.jpgThe Monmouthshire Food Festival returned this year with a full programme of demonstrations, talks, tastings and lots of food and drink to try and buy: at Caldicot Castle and country park.

IMG_2970 copy.jpgLiam took time out from his demonstrations to meet one of his younger fans, Alexa Collins (9) from The Forest of Dean.

IMG_2954 copy.jpgCaldicot Castle provided a wonderful backdrop to the festival. Charity Guide Dogs (and their owners) were also attended to tell people about the work of the charity.

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