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Narberth Food Festival 2008 Article for Pembrokeshire Life magazine
Take the spice trail to Narberth's fabulous food festival Famous names hot-footing it to Narberth's 10th spicy food festival
Narberth is cooking up a spicy festival of food and fun over the weekend of September 27 and 28 as the culinary capital of west Wales celebrates 10 years at the forefront of promoting and developing real, local food and drink, writes Sarah Hoss.
With a star-studded line-up of chefs and food aficionados – including nationally-acclaimed food writer and TV chef Sophie Grigson; Welsh TV’s talented taste-bud tantalizers Angela Gray (the former private chef of Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber and BBC television chef) and S4C’s celebrity chef Dudley Newberry; and not forgetting the festival’s patron Elisabeth Luard the 10th Narberth Food Festival promises to be it’s biggest and best yet. Elisabeth is a staunch supporter of Narberth's food scene and divides her time between Lampeter and London. Elisabeth graces the food pages of national publications such as ‘The Oldie’, ‘The Spectator’ and ‘Country Living’. Sophie Grigson will be book-signing in addition to cooking in the Food Theatre on Saturday.
‘We’ve had to book a larger marquee again this year to fit everyone in!’ enthused Jacquie Palit, the Festivals’ founder and chairman. ‘We are looking forward to building on the success and growth of the festival in recent years and will be welcoming new friends and old to the town to celebrate the best of local food produce – and have some fun too!’
While food-lovers can purchase and sample fine food produce in the main marquee, an array of food to buy and try on the day will also be available around an extended seating area for people to take a relaxed approach to the festival events. On Sunday, to commemorate 10 successful food festivals in Narberth, celebrity chef Angela Gray will be cooking a three course Sunday lunch showcasing local produce, for a limited number at Narberth's awardwinning and nationally-acclaimed Ultracomida Delicatessen (ÂŁ30 per head). Join the festival's patron Elisabeth Luard, and enjoy some wine tastings from Llanerch Vineyard, home of Angela Gray's new cookery school. Booking essential - see the festival website for details or call Julie Thomas on 01834 869089.
In addition to the impressive line-up of celebrity chefs, there will be expert talks on wine, beer and herb-growing, cheese-making, Japanese cooking and classes on gathering food from the wild and how to cook it. Local chef Alistair Vann of Newport's Y Mochyn Ddrwg will be cooking with home-grown ingredients showcasing the best of Pembrokeshire Produce in the Food Theatre. Coinciding with British Food Fortnight, a Government-sponsored campaign to promote home-grown food in local shops, the Narberth Food Festival is also promoting local food to local schoolchildren during its education day in the run-up to the main festival. Andrew Rees, recently awarded the Daily Telegraph's prestigious title Best British Butcher, will be making quality hand-made sausages and burgers using spices to broaden the children's tastes and make the participants more aware of the importance of locally-sourced, quality meat. There will also be opportunities to experiment with chocolate, locall ice-cream and smoothies - making the point that food should be fun as well as healthy. Over 120 primary age schoolchildren will have the opportunity to taste spices and herbs: â€˜sugar and spice and all things nice!â€™ when they get together with international and catering students from Pembrokeshire College for a series of food-related workshops.
Local professional chefs will also be invited to put their expertise to the test in a ‘Best Pembrokeshire Bread & Butter Pudding’ competition to commemorate the food festival’s 10th anniversary. ‘We believe in promoting simple, honest, nutritious and tasty food – so we thought we would set our local chefs the challenge of cooking a traditional, hearty dish. Sophie Grigson will be judging the entries,’ said Jacquie Palit. ‘The winner will receive a commemorative plate – and to make things interesting, we will be inviting an amateur cook 'wild card' to enter the competition too – so the pressure will be on the professionals!’ There will be potato-printing and craft activities for younger visitors – the food festival has a strong emphasis on family-fun. Entry is free for all under 18s. The entry fee is kept as low as possible - £2.50 including a programme – to enable visitors to enjoy trying and buying on a budget. This year's featured local charities are the RLNI and Paul Sartori. Narberth’s twin town Ludlow will also have a presence at the festival, showcasing and selling some of the Marches’ finest food produce. As in previous years, the extra-large marquees and wooden flooring – alongside nearby free parking and park and ride facilities at Heron's Brook car park, (follow AA signs - bottom of Narberth towards Tenby) means that the festival runs smoothly and safely come rain or shine. Many shops in the town involve their businesses in the festival by entering the window display competition using this year's spice-theme, commemorating the tradition of cooking local produce with home-grown and imported herbs and spices.while some extend their opening to Sunday. Local restaurants will be offering festival 'specials' on their menus, creating a friendly, carnival atmosphere in the town. The festival is not just about the food – a talented line-up of professional street entertainment and live local music is also in the pipeline, with a dedicated music stage to create a musical backdrop to the feasting that is such a feature of this festival. Entertainment includes the 'Grand Theatre of Lemmings' with their big bunnies on stilts and Cod Choir and back by popular demand Sister Ruth the singing nun on her motorised piano. On Sunday Los Albertos, the 'ska-sensation; foot-stomping feel-good band'
will be performing in the afternoon and then headlining the grand finale Sunday night gig which is being held in the festival marquee. Along with DJ Eugene and Renthouse Groove, a funky night is promised. Tickets cost £10 (£9 concessions) available from Span Arts 01834 869323 www.spanarts.org.uk, and the gig starts at 8pm.
Sponsors include WAG PCC Pembs College PLANED Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Welsh Farmhouse Company Dingle Marquees St Bride’s Spa Hotel Upton Farm Plas Farmhouse B&B Llanerch Vineyard Andrew Rees Butchers, Narberth Wisebuys Landmarque Jones of Login Ultracomida Deli, Narberth
Updates and further information is available on the festival website: www.narberthfoodfestival.com or phone the chairman on 01834 860268. Ends