Abergavenny Food Festival 2017
We’ve just returned from the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons, full of delicious food, too much wine and a lot of laughs after the Abergavenny Food Festival. Fiona kicked the weekend off with a lunch at The Walnut Tree – the amazing dishes from Shaun’s Hill restaurant featuring fresh halibut and delicious scallops. Ella opted for a really chilly but very refreshing dip in the Usk. Dinner on Friday was provided by the amazing Jane Baxter and team who produced an amazing array of dishes that seemed never-ending. Saturday morning saw us chopping cucumbers, picking oregano and kneading dough for Freddy Bird’s marathon 3-hour kids cooking event up at Abergavenny Castle. The Food Academy has become something of an institution at the food festival – with weary parents offered some respite and a chance to relax whilst their children learnt new skills. Freddy was in his element, helping kids mould lamb koftas to sizzle on the huge Skinner’s grill that made it’s debut at Port Eliot festival earlier this year.
We spent Saturday evening at the Party in the Castle, listening to the fantastic Brass Funkees and the brilliant Dutch band My Baby. Sunday morning was the event that was much needed – Freddy and Danny from Bristol-based distillery Psychopomp concocting a mix of hangover cocktails. The weary crowd were livened up with three cocktails by the duo: a beer cocktail to ease us in, a bloody mary to keep us going and to finish an amazing Corpse Reviver II incl. a punchy absinthe.
Finally, Freddy rounded off the weekend cooking over the picturesque ‘cooking over fire’ stage with the most dramatic background. Freddy cooked up a huge monkfish, lobster and clam stew washed down with Skinner’s Lushingtons pale ale.
We couldn’t have had a better weekend and thanks to Aine and the food festival team for organising another stellar event!