MORE than 100 food and drink producers have been confirmed for next month’s Welsh Food Festival.
The Welsh Food Festival, based at Glansevern Hall, near Berriew, will see thousands of visitors attend the annual event on September 1 and 2.
This year’s festival will be the final one hosted by the property’s current owners, Neville and Jenny Thomas, who started the festival in 2005 out of determination to help reconnect people with their food and attract more visitors to Mid Wales.
Glansevern Hall is now up for sale but it is hoped the new owners will continue to tradition.
“We are very proud of how the Welsh Food Festival has flourished to become one of the best in Wales. We believe that it encapsulates everything that is special about this wonderful part of Wales – the talented people, quality food and wonderful culture,” said Jenny Thomas.
“Naturally we will have mixed feelings at this year’s festival given that we are leaving Glansevern Hall, which has been our family’s much loved home for the last 30 years, but we do hope that any future owner will carry on this tradition of hosting the festival.”
Although the two day event will be a mixture of emotions for the Thomas family it will certainly not disappoint visitors, explains Bernard Harris, Chairman of the Welsh Food Festival.
“The Welsh Food Festival 2012 will include more stalls, cookery demonstrations and children’s activities than ever before.
“We are particularly excited about a new addition to the festival which includes a rural lifestyle and country living area,” he said.
“There will certainly be something to ignite everyone’s passion whether it is tasting the fantastic produce, enjoying live entertainment or dining at the lakeside restaurant. Visitors are guaranteed a fantastic day.”
Some of Wales’ top chefs, including Welsh TV chef Dudley Newbury, will once again be cooking up a feast along with local chefs.
Other new additions include donkey rides and a miniature steam railway alongside the regular children’s gardening and composting club.
The Welsh Food Festival is sponsored by Glansevern Hall Gardens, Tanners, Pickstock Fuels, Wynnstay Group Plc, Harrisons Solicitors, Country and Border Life, South Caernarfon Creameries, The Co-operative membership, Exwavia, Potters Recycling, Organic Centre Wales, Whittingham Riddell LLP and the Welsh Assembly Government.
For further information about the food festival visit www.welshfoodfestival.co.uk or follow on social networking site, Facebook.
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