THE WELSH government has given 28 different food festivals more than £184,000 to help promote home-grown local produce. The Welsh Assembly funding was given with the aim to “raise the profile of the high quality food and drink” the region has to offer.
Alun Davies, Natural Resources and Food Minister said events, such as local food festivals, helped food producers to increase customer numbers and strengthen their business.
"High quality, distinctive food is a central part of our culture here in Wales, and I am determined to help develop this culture to help our food and drinks industry thrive," said Mr Davies.
"Food festivals also attract thousands of people into the hearts of our towns and villages, providing a welcome boost to local businesses and the rural economy."
Festivals set to benefit from funding include:
- Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair
- Abergavenny Food Festival
- Big Welsh Bite, Rhondda Heritage Park
- Brecon Beacons Food Festival
- Broneirion Food Fair, Llandinam
- Caerphilly Food Festival
- Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival
- Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, Aberaeron
- Cardigan River & Food Festival, Cardigan
- Feastival, Bridgend town centre
- Gorseinon-Swansea Food Festival
- Gwledd Conwy Feast
- Gwyl Fwyd a Chrefft Portmeirion
- Gwyl Fwyd Castell Newydd Emlyn, Newcastle Emlyn
- Hay Summer Food Festival
- Hay Winter Food Festival
- Lampeter Food Festival, Trinity St Davids, Lampeter
- Llangollen Food Festival
- Mold Food Festival
- Mumbles Oyster Festival
- Narberth Food Festival
- Neath Food & Drink Festival
- Newport Food Festival
- Newtown Food & Drink Festival
- St Fagans Food Festival
- The Anglesey Oyster & Welsh Produce Festival
- Welsh Perry & Cider Festival & Championships, Monmouth
- Wrexham Food Festival