National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Festival fever


How wonderful to be reminded about the ‘Glastonbur­y of food festivals’ — the Abergavenn­y Food Festival — as described in your Wales guide. I was there back in 2017. Spread across the small market town rather than across a muddy field, it had stalls letting you sample (and buy) co ee, burgers, cheese, gin and even Welsh wine. Best of all was a masterclas­s on innovation­s in chocolate. I learned so much, including how fermentati­on a ects the taste and how an experience­d farm worker can open up to

500 cacao pods in an hour with a machete, without damaging the beans inside — and without harming himself! ANNETTE HAMES

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