North Wales hosts a fabulous array of food festivals for Autumn, here are four of our favourites to whet your appetite!
Beaumaris Food Festival – 12-13th September
This festival kicks off its second year with a Friday night party featuring live music from Banda Bacana and Doctor Jazz, as well as a tasty hog roast.
The historic town of Beaumaris on the bank of the Menai Strait sees a diverse array of producers showcasing the finest local food and drink at this bustling event. Live demonstrations from talented local chefs allow you to take home some tricks of the trade and jazz up your home cooking.
With a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, this festival is a fabulous event for families to enjoy being set in a safe central location on the town green.
Admission is £5 and children under 14 enter free.
Conwy Honey Fair – Monday 14th September
Conwy has a longstanding history of beekeeping, dating back around 1000 years! Bee boles (recesses in stone in walls which housed straw skeps) can still be found throughout the Conwy Valley.
This 700 year old festival, founded by Edward I, takes place annually and fills Conwy High Street with stalls. Beekeepers from all over the UK sell a wide range of delicious honey and a whole host of other bee related products and crafts.
Entry to the festival is free, but there is a collection in aid of Bees for Development.
Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival 10th-11th Oct
The finest and freshest local oysters are served up with a medley of non-seafood local produce, at this small but very enjoyable food-fair setting. New for this year is the first Oyster Fest Dinner Dance, a black tie ball held on the Saturday evening, which makes a great opportunity to get your glad rags on and have fun!
This festival has grown more and more popular every year, supported by many local producers and drawing in a great crowd. This year the festival runs from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday & 10am to 4pm on the Sunday at the Trearddur Bay Hotel.
Gwledd Conwy Feast 24th Oct – 25th Oct
The medieval town of Conwy welcomes thousands of visitors for this flavoursome annual festival. With food, music, arts and more this festival makes a fabulous weekend of entertainment for all the family.
Enjoy live cooking demonstrations showcasing mouth-watering dishes made from the finest local produce. Exhibitors bring a huge array of culinary delights to savour, from fiery exotic cuisine and contemporary street foods to more traditional fare, this festival is a delight for the senses.
One you’ve had your fill of food, relax on the quayside for an evening of live music, local craft beers and of course those glorious views of the Conwy estuary.
Tickets cost from £8.50 per person, with free entry for under 16’s.
We visited the Celtic Royal for a couple of nights in March 19 with the objective of walking around Snowdonia. Great hotel with really pleasant and professional staff. Our room was spacious, comfy and adequately equipped. Leisure facilities were good, large pool with sauna and steam rooms, reasonably equipped gym. Breakfast was quality and plentiful. Evening meals were excellent and good value. Varied and interesting menu, generous proportions and superbly cooked.
Very enjoyable stay over the new year, with thanks to people serving meals. They worked hard to get food onto tables quickly!