Next week one of Wales’ liveliest food festivals – Bridgend Feastival – takes to the streets for two days of food and fun (September 28th and 29th 2012).
Now in its third year Feastival is increasingly popular and celebrates all things foodie. With more than 65 exhibitors* taking part Bridgend town centre will be alive with the sights, sounds, smells – and of course tastes – of some of the best local and Welsh food and drink around.
The main marquee will host a series of cooking demonstrations. Chefs including Anand George, Colin Pressdee and Tom Raisis will be sharing their culinary tips – along with a few tastings! Master classes will take place in ‘The Hub’ featuring local specialist businesses, honey, microbrewery, toffee making and fruit bouquets.
A number of local restaurants are getting involved offering Feastival treats too including Poco Poco, Aroma, La Strada, and Il Panino, while the Cottage will be hosting a Heritage Network Event 1950s for members.
This year Feastival is taking a reflective look at food in the area over the past 60 years, there will be photos highlighting its food heritage on view, as well as setting its eye firmly on the future.
The importance of engaging with young people and spreading the messages of a healthy lifestyle and sustainability is highlighted too in the Food4Life marquee where a number of projects come to fruition at the event.
Feastival Friday sees the launch of a song – ‘Less Miles More SMILE(S)’ which highlights the sustainability of local food.
The song has been created by local children as part of the Students Motivate Innovation Through Learning Enterprise initiative, facilitated annually by Bridgend College staff. Wales’ First Minister and Bridgend Assembly Member, Carwyn Jones, will launch the song at Feastival.
Available to download from Monday, October 1st, pupils from Litchard Primary School wrote the song’s lyrics, which was recorded and sampled by Music Technology students at Bridgend College.
The song launch also coincides with the revealing of ‘Wilf’, a sheep sculpture created from the winning drawing by Dolau Primary School in the Junior Skills Challenge* held at Bridgend College.
Brought to life by South Wales based plastics engineering company, Ensigner, Wilf stands over 5ft tall and more than 4ft wide, and will view proceedings from his vantage point opposite the Post Office.
The event will be a visual feast too as Food Art is a central part of the Feastival experience, the most memorable being the 10ft ‘collapsing cauliflower sheep’ in 2010, which has since become a huge hit on YouTube.
Watch the clip here
This year there will be a whole flock advertising Feastival and welcoming visitors to the town as well as a 6ft ‘Orange-utan’ in a vegetable forest!