Build ap­petite for foodie feast

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

UP to 18,000 food­ies are ex­pected to flock to Beau­maris this week­end for the is­land’s big­gest food fes­ti­val.

Set against the back­drop of the his­toric cas­tle, the an­nual event is ex­pected to see record num­bers this sum­mer – around 6,000 more than last year, it has been pre­dicted.

The fes­ti­val, now in its fourth year, will be held on Town Green on Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 2 and 3, and will show­case the best food ex­hibitors, chef demon­stra­tions and arts and craft mar­quees.

More than 100 lo­cal food stalls will be dot­ted around the town, the most the fes­ti­val has ever seen.

Live mu­sic will be played from the band­stand to en­ter­tain the crowds, and there will be many chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Or­gan­iser He fyn Thomas, said: “The fes­ti­val is get­ting big­ger ev­ery year. We’re see­ing more and more pro­duc­ers each year, more in­ter­na­tional street food and more live acts who want to per­form.

“We will have a great va­ri­ety of stalls for ev­ery­one.

“All prof­its made on the day go to­wards lo­cal char­i­ties and the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre. Over the last three years, we have raised more than £70,000 for lo­cal causes.”

This year’s event will also see twenty fundrais­ers swim the Me­nai Strait on Septem­ber 2 in mem­ory of Ir­fon Williams, a for­mer men­tal health manager from Ban­gor, who moved to Eng­land to re­ceive can­cer treat­ment.

The swim­mers will start from Caernar­fon Cas­tle at 2pm and will aim to fin­ish in Beau­maris be­tween 5.30-6pm be­fore they join the food fes­ti­val to host an auc­tion to raise funds for the #teamir­fon cam­paign in mem­ory of their friend.

Mr Thomas added: “We’ve seen a lot of in­ter­est in the char­ity auc­tion so far for Ir­fon Williams, which is a fan­tas­tic cause.”

Cook­ery demon­stra­tions, hosted by chef Rob Hughes from Anglesey Cook­ery School, will take place on both days from 11am, be­fore his cup­cakes and short­bread dec­o­rat­ing work­shops for kids at 1.30.

On Satur­day, dishes will in­clude green pesto pasta and, on Sun­day, he will be show­ing peo­ple how to make cur­ried chicken and mango salad.

A hid­den herb and spice com­pe­ti­tion in aid of the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity will also be tak­ing place on the same stall over the week­end.

Tick­ets can be bought on the day and are £5 a day, £7 for two days. Chil­dren un­der the age of 14 go free.

Free park­ing will also be avail­able on both days for fes­ti­val-go­ers.

The event runs from 9.30am - 8.30pm on Satur­day and from 9.30am - 5.30pm on Sun­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit beau­mar­is­food­fes­ti­val.co.uk.

Jenny Shaw, of Anglesey Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion,will be of­fer­ing a taste of honey at the fes­ti­val and peo­ple can en­joy the wide va­ri­ety of food and drink on of­fer

A range of tasty artisan bread will be on of­fer at the fair

Live mu­sic will keep the crowds en­ter­tained at Beau­maris Food Fair

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