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Abergavenny Food Festival 2012: Your need to know guide

Welsh Countryside Month
Welsh Countryside Month

One of Wales’ premier food festivals – billed as the Glastonbury of the culinary world – opens on Saturday, September 15.

The festival this year features more than 200 exhibitors from Wales, the Marches and further afield.

There’s also a children’s food academy with drop-in workshops, a rolling programme of chef demonstrations and music and comedy at Abergavenny Castle.

For the second year running visitors can follow a ‘True Taste trail’ around the markets at the festival to sample food awarded the badge of excellence by the Welsh Government.

The festival also has a programme of individually ticketed events showcasing some stars of the food world.

On Saturday the three-times Michelin-starred Pierre Koffmann will be talking to food writer Matthew Fort about the relaunch of his 1990 book, Memories of Gascony.

The work details recipes and reminiscences from Koffmann’s grandparents’ farmhouse kitchen in rural Gascony and is an intimate account of his upbringing.

It also includes the traditional cooking of his grandmother, which has always been Koffmann’s inspiration.

Koffmann is said to have influenced a number of the culinary stars of today, including Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White.

Cookery writer Claudia Roden takes centre-stage on Sunday when she will be talking to Andalucian-based travel writer Michael Jacobs about how she’s spent five years immersing herself in the regional cuisine of Spain.

Sunday also features Tom and Henry Herbert, stars of Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers, with a mix of banter and culinary tips.

The full line-up can be viewed at
. Most Tickets can be booked online or through Abergavenny’s Borough Theatre on 01873 850 805.

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