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Whatever your taste you’ll find something on the Festival site to satisfy your appetite or quench your thirst. Whether you would like a three-course meal, a light lunch or a sandwich, the restaurants and Festival Food Hall offer a huge range. Choose from freshly baked pizza, pasta and venison or beef burgers to sandwiches, baguettes, falafels and more. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are, of course, available. As always, Shepherds will be serving their locally made sheep’s milk ice creams – perfect in any weather.

FAMILY FOOD HALL This year we have a new addition – the Family Food Hall is the perfect space for families, with food catered specifically to children’s tastes. The area includes an enclosed garden and additional seating as well as some children’s games. It’s an opportunity for parents to relax and for children to enjoy themselves in a dedicated, intimate setting. There will be baby-changing facilities available.

FESTIVAL BAR For a pint of real ale, a glass of wine, Prosecco, or a jug of Pimm’s to enjoy in the sunshine, head to the Festival Bar with its extended outdoor decked area and soak up some of the Festival atmosphere.

Gloucestershire-based Big Event Catering bring their vibrant, quality dining venue The Grove to Hay Festival 2019. They will be providing delicious and imaginative dishes using the freshest local, seasonal ingredients. The menu will include dishes made with local meats, fresh West Country fish and locally sourced seasonal vegetables as well as flavoursome vegan and gluten-free options. A selection of daily special dishes will also be on rotation throughout the Festival. Their fully stocked bar will feature craft beers, artisan gins, local ciders and carefully selected wines to complement each visitor’s choice of food. The coffee shop will also offer afternoon teas, fresh organic juices and smoothies, speciality coffee, a large selection of teas and hot chocolate, as well as homemade cakes, biscuits and delicious savoury snacks. Bookings are recommended for the restaurant, and walk-ins are also most welcome. To book a ‘Ticket to Dine’ and receive a complimentary drink on arrival, please book online at or call the Box Office on 01497 822 629. For general bookings call 01453 708 336 or email

SHEPHERDS ICE CREAM If you are looking for irresistible ice creams, sublime sundaes and toppings, you’re in the right place. Shepherds have been making artisan ice cream since 1987, using a unique recipe based on sheep’s milk. Visit their stall on site and their café / ice cream parlour at 9 High Town, Hay, chosen by Condé Nast Traveller as ‘one of the world’s best local ice cream shops’.

FRIENDS CAFÉ The café is open early for your first shot of coffee through to the call for last orders. Join your friends or make new ones here.

DEPOSIT SCHEME Please note the deposit scheme for hot drinks cups and glasses (see left).

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter @shepherdsices. Don’t be a lost sheep – flock to Shepherds.

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Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.