Food Tourism and Culture

Small Grant Scheme – Food & Drink Festivals & Events 2024

Details of the successful funding for Food Festivals and Events 2024/2025

Small Grant Scheme – Food & Drink Festivals & Events 2023

Details of the successful funding for Food Festivals and Events 2023/2024

Strategic Growth Grant Scheme for the year 2022/2023

Details of the successful funding for Food Festivals and Events 2022/2023

Strategic Growth Grant Scheme - 2nd Round Successful Festivals and Events 2019/2020

Lampeter Food Festival 27/07/2019  £4,500.00
Porthcawl Food Drink and Craft Festival 17/08/2019 £4,000.00
Mumbles Oyster and Food Festival 07/09 - 08/09/2019 £3,250.00
Llandovery Sheep Festival 21/09 - 22/09/2019 £2,000.00
Llangollen Food Festival 19/10 - 20/10/2019 £3,299.00
Abergavenny Food Festival - Christmas 08/12/2019 £2,550.00
St David's Food Festival, Pembrey Country Park 01/03/2020 £3,500.00

Strategic Growth Grant Scheme - 1st Round Successful Festivals and Events 2019/20

Caernarfon Food Festival 11/05/2019  £4,064.00
Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 07/07/2019 £3,000.00
Denbigh and Flint Show 15/08/2019 £1,500.00
Conwy Feast 25/10 - 28/10/19 £3,650.00
Anglesey Food Festival 30/5 - 01/06/19 £3,800.00
Llandudno Christmas Fayre 14/11 - 17/11/19 £3,500.00
Abergavenny Food Festival 20/9 - 22/09/2019 £4,000.00
Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival 08/06/2019 £2,785.00
Light up Local Food and Drink  Nov/Dec 2019 £3,950.00
Brecon Food Festival   05/10/2019 £4,150.00
Portmeirion Food Festival  06/12 - 08/12/19  £3,750.00
Hay Winter Food Festival 29/11 - 30/11/2019  £3,523.00
Neath Food and Drink Festival 4/5/6/10/2019 £3,900.00
Taste of Carmarthenshire Food, Drink Festival 01 - 02/06/2019 £1,850.00
Llanelli Food and Drink Festival  19/10/2019 £4,500.00
Caerphilly Big Cheese Festival  26 - 28 July 2019 £5,000.00
Beaumaris Food Festival  31/08 - 01/09/2019 £3,905.00
Welcome Festival 29/02/20 - 01/03/20 £4,750.00
Narberth Food Festival  28 - 29/09/2019 £4,082.00
Vale of Clwyd Denbigh Plum Feast 05/10/2019 £4,380.00
Big Welsh Bite 03/ + 04/08/19 £3,975.00
Bridgend FEASTival 2019   18/05/2019  £2,500.00
St Ffagan's Food Festival 07 - 08/09/2019 £5,000.00
Newtown Food Festival 07 - 08/09/2019 £4,800.00
Menai Food Festival 03/ - 04/08/19 £3,550.00
Corwen Food Festival 22/06/2019 £2,515.00
Cardigan River and Food Festival  17/08/2019 £4,653.00
Wrexham Food and Drink Festival 07 - 08/09/2019 £4,000.00
Cowbridge Food Festival 26 - 27/05/2019 £3,500.00

Haverford West Food Festival

Food Festivals 2018/2019

Details of the successful funding for Food Festivals and Events 2018/19 

Strategic Growth Grant Scheme - Supported events 2018-19 grant amounts

Food and drink go hand in hand with hospitality and tourism in Wales. Combine quality seasonal food and local ingredients, interesting places to eat and stay, and some of the world's best chefs, and you define the hospitality sector in Wales with its deserved reputation for excellence.

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Food Festival Toolkit

Food tourism

Food is important to our visitors

More and more, food is an important influence on people’s decision to visit Wales. It's because they are more discerning, and take an interest in where their food comes from and what happens on its journey to their plate. The 2 sectors of food and tourism are therefore particularly important in Wales, and we've developed complimentary strategies to develop both sectors. We want to build relationships between the hospitality and catering industry and local food and drink producers, and in this way make sure there is a constant supply of fresh, seasonal produce to cater for the visitor's every taste.

Food market

Boosting the image of Welsh food and drink

Food tourism is about helping visitors uncover our local, culinary gems – by championing the regional distinctiveness of our produce so that first-time visitors feel a connection to the area and want to return for second helpings. We've set out how we aim to achieve this by 2020 in our Partnership for Growth Strategy for Tourism, which defines a product-led approach to marketing, with food seen as integral to the visitor experience. The Food Tourism Action Plan 2014 targets key actions to raise awareness and make information readily available to visitors and to assist food producers and tourism businesses to work together.

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Farmers’ Markets and Food Events/ Success factors and lessons learnt

This research was commissioned to contribute to the development of a more in-depth understanding of the opportunities for food and drink businesses that choose to directly market their produce through farmers’ markets and/or other regular food events. The objective was also to identify factors that have been key to the success of established farmers’ markets and food events, as well as any lessons learnt.

The Final Report


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