Abergavenny Food Festival 2014
A few weeks now since we came back from Abergavenny Food Festival – which as ever was just lovely! I was brought up in the Wye Valley, so Abergavenny [or Aber as most of the locals call it……] was a regular haunt throughout my childhood. Ma Breckland used to lug us there when she was selling some sheep/cows at market, and there was always a brilliant chip shop that sold chips and gravy that were amazing. Fast forward several years, and Abergavenny is a hot spot on the gastronomy map and the annual Food Festival celebrates all that is great and wonderful about food. Our stand was in the Lower Brewery Yard, which this year opened until 10am on the Saturday night…….it was fun transitioning from day to evening and seeing everyone celebrate and continue the fantastic atmosphere. To put into context how the town morphs…..Abergavenny has a year round population of about 15,000 people. Over the two days there are about 45,000 visitors, so the whole town swells and takes on a carnival atmosphere. All the local shops do something ‘foodie’ in their shop window and everyone generally joins in the celebrations. Whole swarms of folk descend on the town from the station……It’s literally quite amazing, especially if you know the town as well as I do! Its also one of the absolute highlights of my year……being amongst fantastic friends, great weather, fabulous views of the Black Mountains, meeting up with relatives, eating fantastic food [especially the piping hot welsh cakes]. The sun shone again this year…….which added to the atmosphere There was a strong influence of street food coming through….so no matter where you went in the town you were only a few metres away from amazing food. The castle area was buzzing, as was the Lower Brewery Yard. A joyful weekend……..a chance to go back to Wales and work with Ma Breckland. She was a complete superstar [as ever] and we ended up the weekend exhausted but having had a glorious time!