Popular Newtown Food Festival returns after being canceled for two years

Mid Wales’ biggest free food and drink festival returns to Newtown this weekend.

After a two-year hiatus, the Newtown Food Festival took over the Town Hall grounds and plenty of treats were on offer from over 40 independent producers from Mid Wales and beyond.

Foodies were in their element with everything on offer, from Caribbean, Indian, Thai and plant-based cuisine to coffeemakers, cider makers and artisan chocolatiers.

The organizers were forced to postpone the 2020 and 2021 events due to the Covid pandemic.

Among the many festival-goers who raved about this year’s event was Newtown’s Hywel Lovgreen. He said: “It’s fantastic for the family. The weather has been good. The music was excellent. The food is delicious and a good couple of glasses of cider. What else do you want?”

The incredible Circus Raj wowed the crowd in the Newtown Food Festival Children’s Village.

A cooking demonstration takes place at the Newtown Food Festival.

A cooking demonstration takes place at the Newtown Food Festival.

Many visitors to the stalls of the Newtown Food Festival.

Many visitors to the stalls of the Newtown Food Festival.

Jess Jones, who lives in Tregynon, said it was great to see so many people at the festival.

“I love the community vibe,” she said. “A lot of things are happening here that I didn’t know happened in Newtown. It’s just nice to be somewhere where there are so many people.

“I think it was awesome,” said Newtown photographer Dan Badger. “There are a lot of people here. There are many local suppliers but many other people come from afar.

Jack Davies added: “It’s really good to have something like this in town. It’s just nice to be able to come and see a lot of different stalls, a lot of good food.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people out,” said Jill McAloon. “Back to normal.”

The festival has earned a reputation over the past nine years for showcasing the best of food and drink from the region and attracts visitors from across the UK.

Nadine Roach of Kerry Vale Vineyard said it was great to be back.

“Festivals like Newtown are great because there are lots of local craft producers,” she said.

“It’s nice to see everyone again and so many friendly faces, lots of businesses and lots of members of the public who have come out to support us. It’s good.”

Geoff Morgan, of Welshpool-based Morgan’s Brew, said local businesses needed all the support they could get as everyone faced tough times.

“It’s been three years since the last one,” Geoff said of the food festival. “We missed it.”

He added: “Local businesses need to be supported through all that is going on.”

Also in the producer’s marquee was Sara Davies of Llanidloes-based chocolate factory Coco Pzazz. She said: “It’s really nice to be back in the community and reselling since Covid, and meeting all the customers. It’s just awesome.

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