The picturesque town of Llangollen is set to become the culinary capital of the UK for one weekend in Autumn. Thousands of ‘foodies’ will be gathering in the town for the popular Hamper Llangollen Food Festival, which will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015. During the festival you will be able to browse over 120 stalls at Llangollen’s Royal International Pavilion.
The Hamper Llangollen Food Festival is now in its 19th year and is rated as one of the top 10 food festivals in the UK and has also provided successful platform for innovative new food creations and drink from North Wales.
The event has helped launch successful products such as the Aberffraw biscuit, Blodyn Aur extra virgin rapeseed oil and the Dangerous Food Company’s chilli jam. Cadwyn Clwyd is a rural development agency who has provided financial support over the years to ensure this festival has long term viability.
This funding is provided through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
The 2015 event will feature demonstrations by top chefs including Britain’s youngest head chef, Luke Thomas, and Welsh culinary champion Graham Tinsley, along with stand-up comedian, Silky, who will show off his cookery skills for the first time ever.
Ken Skates, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, in whose Clwyd South constituency the event takes place, is also fan of the festival. He said: “Hamper Llangollen is an incredible success and a great annual occasion for the Dee Valley.
“I’m particularly pleased that there’s a focus on encouraging new exhibitors and giving prominence to the many outstanding food and drink producers in North Wales for whom it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase their unique and delicious products.”
The chair of Hamper Llangollen, Colin Loughlin believes this year’s festival is going to be one of the best ever. He said: “Thanks to a whole host of indigenous companies, North East Wales is rapidly establishing a reputation as a centre of excellence for high quality cuisine.
“The food festival is a perfect shop window for the companies who form the backbone of our rural economy. The location of the Pavilion is absolutely spectacular – I can’t imagine that any other food festival in the UK has a more beautiful setting.”