Food For Thought At Newport Food & Drink Festival 2016
The Tiny Rebel Newport Food and Drink Festival 2016 gets underway this weekend with a range of exhibitors displaying a wide range of meats, cheeses, spices and preserves, breads, pastries, cakes and crepes, to pies, pasties, oils and sauces.
Visitors can work up an appetite exploring the offering and activities, with plenty of refueling choice including Asian, Greek, Italian or Welsh, burgers, pizza, paella or seafood and ice cream.
Drinks will include beer, ale, wine, cider, spirits and soft choices.
There are free chef demonstrations running throughout the day where visitors learn top tips from experts including festival patron Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park, Masterchef's Larkin Cen, Great British Menu's James Sommerin, Simon Crockford of the Celtic Manor, Steve White of The Ruperra Arms, Ben Periam from Mojo the Food bar and more. There will also be a Battle of the Burger where mEAT Bar & Grill will take on the Pretentious Burger Kitchen.
The final of the popular Teen-chef competition will be held upstairs in Newport Market with top chefs Hywel and Larkin judging the creations of our budding young cooks.
The main activities on Saturday October 1, 9am to 5pm, will centre on High Street and Newport Market, including its gallery level, and surrounding areas. But this year's festival will also boast a range of fringe events including a treasure hunt, outdoor chef demonstrations and children's competitions at Friars Walk, plus some amazing special offers from traders across Newport City Centre.
There will also be live music on the day, sponsored by Western Power, including Gwent Music's Youth Brass, Cajun Street Band, Samba Group, Newport Community Choir and Newport Rock Choir.
As well as a great selection of music, there will be a range of family-friendly entertainment including the stilt-walking Hungry Chefs, The Fairly Fresh Fish Co. whose traditional seafood stall is not all that it seems, plus magicians, face painting and the Capital Street stars from Capital Radio.
The main sponsor, Tiny Rebel, is hosting an exciting calendar of events over the next week including flight night, live music and a new bottle launch.
For more information about all the festival activities, events and exhibitors visit www.newportfoodfestival.co.uk, like on Facebook www.facebook.com/newportfoodfestival, or follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/NewportFoodFest