All the Fun of the Fringe at the Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival!

24 October 2013

The Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival Fringe will provide a showcase for new and smaller food producers, local crafters, makers and artists, sustainable enterprises, community talent, and will be a nice place to relax on what promises to be a busy weekend in Cowbridge.


A marquee for live music, talks, café and seating will be located in the Old Hall Gardens, with additional stalls in the grounds and college annexes, plus the entertainment zone put on by Cowbridge Comprehensive pupils. Street food, wandering entertainers, a busking spot, mini golf and falcons on show will all add to the fringe atmosphere.


Plenty to see, do and enjoy for all the family. Silver jewellery making workshops, stained glass making, willow weaving and clay pot throwing will be on-going in the artisans hub, advice available on chicken keeping and community food growing. Children will be kept busy by Play Aloud with parachute games and craft activities.  ‘The food fringe aims to complement the main event with a focus on local food, smaller producers,  art and craft, community and sustainability based enterprises, and along with other town activities going on over the weekend will add to  a great day out for visitors and residents alike.’ event organiser Debbie Leigh says ‘


On the main stage Saturday Llansannor and Llanharry Primary School will sing at 10am, local melodic rock and covers band Orca play at 1pm, and Richard McCranor guitarist entertains at 3pm. Cowbridge Radio will broadcast live from the site with music and interviews.


At 4.30pm it’s time to   ‘Meet the Buyers and Bloggers ’  local food buyers and writers will visit the new producers on the site, followed by live Q and A in the marquee at 5.30pm, to which all festival stallholders and the public are invited.


Local residents, visitors the town, and all festival and town traders are invited to The ‘Afters’ Party and Saturday Night Takeaway  6.30pm-8.30pm. Jazz/folk trio Seafall will play, plus community singing and open-mic for local talent. Bring own food and drink, or both available on site. The cob oven  - specially built for the food festival  - will be lit for hot breads. Bring along a surplus cookbook for the book swap, takeaway and be inspired by someone elses’s!




Sunday sees Stagecoach singing and dancing at 12.30, a Louisiana band at 1.30, cider-making talk from Llanblethian Orchard at 2.15, and finishes in off with a Community Foodie projects celebration and film showing at 3pm.

The food fringe festival has been organised by the HubCowbridge Community Network, and funded by Creative Rural Communities and Cywain – championing local and Welsh produce.

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