A message from Russ James, Chair of Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival 2019
As Chair of the Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival, I’m delighted to welcome you to another great festival. And I look forward to hearing how it goes! I can’t believe it but for the first time in its 15 years, I won’t be on site to meet you all and help out the brilliant team who pull it together. Although I’ve travelled back from Japan for the last few festivals, this year the Emperor is standing down and gets to dictate when we can take holidays so I hope that is a good enough reason. Only the Emperor trumps Polly’s (the Event Manager’s) instructions! As usual, the team have made some changes to keep things fresh and varied but we hope all your favourites will still be there. Cowbridge is an amazing town and community so stroll around and enjoy all the trader activities. The site at The Duke is now a dedicated vegan site and The Old Hall Gardens has lovely exhibitors, charities, family activities and the kids’ cookery sessions will add the more relaxed feel of this side of town – they’ll also be celebrating our 15th birthday with a birthday party each day! Tickets are available at The Duke and Arthur John sites and if you have any questions there is an info point at the AJ site where my colleagues will be pleased to help and meet you. The Demo Marquee is also at this site and we’ve got really varied programmes each day with the added bonus of wine matching by Wales’ only Master of Wines, Richard Ballantyne. We pride ourselves on supporting emerging businesses and this year 15% have been trading less than 2 years (34% less than 5 years). Over 85% of our stalls are held by Welsh exhibitors. We haven’t quite calculated how many have been with us the full 15 years but will get onto that. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Please explore and support our great exhibitors and our amazing town which is of course here all year round and much older than our 15 years. Russ James, Chair
We are thrilled to announce that the very wonderful Nathaniel Cars have come on board as sponsors of Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival. They are proving to be a really proactive and fun company to work with and we hope that this relationship will build year on year. Nathaniel Cars will be dotted around all the festival sites as well as adding to the carnival atmosphere at Old Hall Gardens with some family activities. March 2019 We are so pleased to announce that one of our sites this year is going to be entirely Vegan! The Duke of Wellington Car Park will be host to lots of lovely vegan products from delicious food to homeware and body products. Full list to be announced at the beginning of May! 2019 - January So things are really ramping up at Festival Towers. We have selected our exhibitors for this year which includes some old favourites and of course some fresh faces for you to experience. We will have a provisional list up at the start of February but I really think we should inform them of their fate first! Tracy is again creating the most lovely festival site up at Old Hall Gardens with amazing activities for the whole family as well as a good cross section of exciting exhibitors. Watch this space for further details. Arthur John & Sons have again allowed us to use their car park for the largest site - we couldn't do this without them and the surrounding businesses. The open-air site is really developing well - I can't believe we persevered so long in the October storms from 2004-2013! We learn something new every year and hope it will offer the same amazing atmosphere for 2019. We'll keep you posted of any further developments as they happen ...
2018 – Another VERY exciting announcement …
Hooray!!! Although we weren’t the winner of our category (Best Event), we did get Highly Commended which is worth celebrating. Thank you to everyone involved since 2004 – we are all really proud to be part of such a great foodie weekend.
Since being founded in 2004 as part of the Cowbridge Charter Trust’s 750 year celebrations, Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival has grown from a one day event with 40 exhibitors on one site to a whole weekend of foodie family fun with over 100 food and drink exhibitors, food demonstrations and so much more spread around the beautiful town of Cowbridge.
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The Festival in 2018 will continue to develop as a weekend for all the family. In 2017 we responded to feedback to make the market area more open and traditional in style which was hugely popular. This year we will of course be making some minor alterations depending on our final site layout, but we hope you agree that last year was pretty great!
We look forward to welcoming you in May.