The Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival is back over the Whitsun Bank Holiday, showcasing some of the best food and drink from South Wales and beyond against the backdrop of the pretty market town.

Tickets for the event are available for both day entry and full weekend access, and include discounts for visitors across all sites. Children under 12 can enjoy the festival for free and those who pre-order tickets receive a complimentary shopping chiller bag receive a complimentary shopping chiller bag.

Ticket holders receive discounts and access to additional activities and town traders also offer promotions to ticket holders.

(Photo: Richard Swingler)


1. Ridiculously Rich

The Welsh winner of the BBC’s The Apprentice show is bringing her sweet treats to the Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival this spring. Alana Spencer, who runs her own baked goods company ‘Ridiculously Rich’ selling her delicious cakes and chocolates, was previously known as Narna’s and has been a regular exhibitor at the Cowbridge event for a number of years. Now The Apprentice champion will be taking part in a live demonstration at this year’s festival on Sunday at 10am. Lord Sugar’s latest business partner specialises in creating indulgent, gooey treats including chocolate brownies, peanut butter fudge cakes, crème brûlée brownies, Belgian chocolate rocky roads, salted caramel slices and sticky toffee flapjacks. Alana will be divulging some trade secrets to festival goers in Cowbridge by demonstrating the baking process and ingredients behind her chocolate brownie ‘cake pops’.

2. The History Chefs

Take a taste tour back in time at an exciting demo with the History Chefs. This local chef duo are also academic specialists in Ancient History and will be bringing their popular interactive and educational sessions to the festival. From an Ancient Roman cheesecake, to Aztec hot chocolate or a wartime eggless sponge, the History Chef’s demo and taste sessions are sure to get everyone involved and living history. 

3. Live Fire Demos

The Live Fire Demos is a new addition to the Vale Forge site on North Road. This is your chance to try some of the tastiest and most popular dishes in South Wales right now. Asador 44, the new restaurant offering from the Cowbridge born brothers behind Bar 44, will be cooking delicious Spanish-inspired Chuleton steaks, charcoal-grilled fish and vegetables (3pm Monday); Meat and Greek will be serving up their ever-popular grilled Greek-Cypriot street food (3pm Sunday) and Hangfire Smokehouse will back at the festival with soul food classics, award winning barbecue meats and grilled goodies (4pm Sunday and Monday). 

4. Little Chefs

Young foodies are never forgotten at Cowbridge and the weekend will host a variety of children’s activities at The Old Hall Gardens. Families can expect crafts, face-painting, live music and other food-themed fun, including a top-secret cooking challenge for young chefs.

5. Drinks

You’ll need a tipple to wash all that down, and you won’t be left thirsty. Tomos a Lilford, a three man-Microbrewery based in Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan will be on site and doing a demo of their full flavoured ales (Monday 2.30pm); local vineyard Llanerch will be holding a tutored tasting of their delicious wines with the opportunity to buy after the talk (Sunday 3.30pm) and there will be tastings and talk from very local craft cider producer, Nick Craddock (Sunday 2.30pm), amongst a host of other drinks producers and sellers.

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For tickets:

Event: Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival 2017

Date: 28 – 29 May (bank holiday weekend)

Opening times: 9:30am to 5pm