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Abergavenny Food Festival: A Masterclass with Some Blaas, Some Hangover Guidance & Lots of Scandi Goodness

Kids sliding down the castle hill in cardboard boxes at Abergavenny - loved it

Kids sliding down the castle hill in cardboard boxes at Abergavenny - loved it

Everyone loves Abergavenny. Touted as one of the best food festivals for very serious food lovers such as us, I don’t know why it took me so long to get there.

Abergavenny (or in local speak Aber-gaa-veiny) is a sleepy town in Wales, and home to two of the best restaurants in Wales and – I have been told and am yet to eat at either – the UK generally: The Walnut Tree and The Hardwick.

Giving the New Voices Masterclass with James Ramsden at Abergavenny

Giving the New Voices Masterclass with James Ramsden at Abergavenny

The festival was charming. Gentle corporate sponsorship that didn’t interfere with proceedings supported it. It was rich with masterclasses from the likes of Bill Granger, Angela Hartnett, Fergus Henderson, Lucas Hollweg, Henry Harris, Richard Bertinet, Signe Johansen, Trina Hahnemann, James Ramsden and lil ole me. I made lots of blaas – literally hundreds – and homemade butter from raw cream. I loved it. What brilliant company too, I had to pinch myself.

Highlights for me were:

The Radio 4 Food ProgrammeThe Radio 4 Food Programme

Food Quiz from the Radio 4 Food Programme

Food Quiz from the Radio 4 Food Programme

Entente Cordiale from Richard Bertinet & Henry Harris

Entente Cordiale from Richard Bertinet & Henry Harris

The Nordic Terroir with Trina Hahnemann and Signe Johansen

The Nordic Terroir with Trina Hahnemann and Signe Johansen

Antics at the castle at Abergavenny

Antics at the castle at Abergavenny

The G & Teas from the Rare Tea Company and Sipsmith

The G & Teas from the Rare Tea Company and Sipsmith

Rude Health Rants - I did one too

Rude Health Rants - I did one too

Terrific Light Masala Dosa from Café Spice Namaste

Terrific Light Masala Dosa from Café Spice Namaste

Great hat

Great hat

Angela Hartnett at her Taste of Home Masterclass

Angela Hartnett at her Taste of Home Masterclass

The Dr Henderson - ultimate hangover cure - from Fergus Henderson

The Dr Henderson - ultimate hangover cure - from Fergus Henderson

Amazing stripes action from Fergus Henderson

Amazing stripes action from Fergus Henderson

Hangover Cures – Fergus Henderson, Shaun Hill and Chris Hirst

Hangover Cures – Fergus Henderson, Shaun Hill and Chris Hirst

Fig Tart from The Secret Larder at Dewsall Yurt Village

Fig Tart from The Secret Larder at Dewsall Yurt Village

Scouting Shenanigans

Scouting Shenanigans

Down to Earth – Jane Baxter and Lucas Hollweg

Down to Earth – Jane Baxter and Lucas Hollweg

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I like food. I like to make food. Eat food. Photograph food. Write about food. Mainly in London but when I am lucky or organised further afield.

8 Comments

  1. The Welsh Jacobite says

    Abergavenny (or in local speak Aber-gaa-veiny) is a sleepy village in Wales

    Ahem. It’s a town, not a village.

  2. Great pics Niamh, what a fun weekend. Really is my favourite food festival all year – looking forward to next September already! So glad you were there this year, only sorry to miss tasting those blaas!

  3. Goodness it was lovely to see you. Lovely pictures, as ever. Just vrecovering now from all that Gin. Thanks heavens for all that tea.

  4. Hi!
    You are great. Great to see you too and so sorry that you missed my DEM.
    It was horribly packed out though.
    Have fun
    C

  5. Restless Native says

    Well done for for posting the pics, I must visit this festival! Fergus Hendurson Looks amazing, I hade some great Food at ST John Smithfield. a few Months ago! Radio 4 Food Programe Maximum Respect.

  6. Pingback: Visiting Abergavenny’s Past | Go Time Travel Blog

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