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A feast of Wales's taste sensations; There are around 60 food festivals taking place across Wales this year - a foodie's dream come true. Here we give you a preview taster of the festival banquet.

May 17-18 The Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival The Welsh Development Agency's (WDA) True Taste Food Hall at this year's two-day festival will feature 30 food producers, selling everything from organic lamb to wine,curry to fudge and ice cream to cheeses. There will also be a full cookery demonstration and butchery master class programme featuring local experts Dai Davies, Lavinia Vaughan,Nick Davies and Gareth Evans.

Location:Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Admission: Adults, pounds 6; children pounds 3 under 5s,free. Family Opening times: 9 am - 5pm.Information: 01982 554408 May 23-June 1 Blas at The Guardian Hay Festival Blas,a WDA initiative to showcase of winners of the True Taste / Gwir Flas Wales Food and Drink Awards 2002-3, will be at this year's Hay-on-Wye festival. It will feature a True Taste cafe, delicatessen and regular cookery demonstrations.

Location:Hay-on-Wye Admission: Entry to Blas is free Information: Menna Davies,WDA, 01686 613175, menna.davies@wda.co.uk, www.walesthetruetaste.com

May 25-27 Local Food Fayre: A Fine TasteA range of local Welsh food and drink stalls, with the opportunity to sample and buy produce, plus cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs. Location:Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT),MachynllethAdmission: Adults pounds 7,Children pounds 4 Opening Times: 10 am -5pmInformation: Paul Allen,Amanda Roll Pickering, or Kim Kremmer on 01654 705958/957/950,e-mail paul.allen@cat.org.uk,or visit www.cat.org.ukJune 14 Wales Food and Plant Fair An indoor fair with over 30 stalls offering quality products to taste and purchase.

Location:Aberystwyth Arts Centre Admission: Free Opening Times: 10 am -4pm Information: Tamsin Wright on 01970 622889 or email app@aber.ac.ukor visit www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre

June 21-22 Newtown Food Festival This new festival will promote local produce which reflects the cultural diversity of Mid Wales and features a market with 25 food and drink producers.

Location:The Park,Newtown (plus venues around the town.)

Opening Times: 21st,10am-5pm; 22nd,12pm-5pm. Information: Shirley Owen, 01686623538 or email partnership@newtown.org.ukor visit www.newtownwales.co.ukJuly 4-5 Gyl Bysgod Lloen/Lloen Seafood Festival This festival features local and guest chefs performing fish filleting,dressing crabs and lobsters,and fish cookery demonstrations using local seafood produce. Numerous stalls and,on the second night, a seafood dinner, with guest speaker Dr Eric Edwards OBE, retired head of Shellfish Association of Great Britain.

Location:Nanhoron Arms Hotel,Nefyn,LL53 6EA Admission: Free (except for ticketed evening dinner)Opening Times: 10 am -5pmInformation: Owain John Roberts, 07768 647670,or email owie.roberts@johnsmiths.co.ukJuly 6 Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival A variety of marine-based stalls on Quay Parade offer visitors the chance to discover what is available from local fisherman and other food producers. Location:Quay Parade,Aberaeron Admission: Free Opening Times: 11 am -6pm

More information: Menna Heulyn or Peter Bottoms on 01545570755 / 570160 August 2-9 Blas at the National Eisteddfod of Wales Blas,a WDA initiative to showcase winners of the True Taste / Gwir Flas Wales Food and Drink Awards 2002- 3. It will feature a True Taste cafe, delicatessen and cookery

demonstrations. Location:Meifod,Powys. Admission: Entry to Blas is free Information: Menna Davies,WDA, 01686 613175, menna.davies@wda.co.uk, www.walesthetruetaste.com

August 16 Gyl y Bont Festival Featuring local food and drink producer stalls plus a range of cookery demonstrations by renowned chefs and cookery competitions.

Location:Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion Information: Eirwen Williams, 01974 241271,or email eirwen@fwi.co.ukor visit www.ybont.comAugust 18-22 Cardigan Bay Celtic Regatta 2003 A showcase of Welsh food and drink produce including local Welsh lamb and beef,plus organic food,cheeses and more.

Location:Pwllheli Sailing Club

Admission: FreeOpening Times for Food Exhibition:10am-7pm (Tues &Wed) Information: Richard Tudor on 07796 693199,or visit www.pwllhelisailingclub.co.uk

August 21 Denbigh and Flint Agricultural Show Around 20 local food and drink producers, plus cookery demos and advice on using local ingredients.

Admission: Food Hall Free (Entrance fee to Showground)Opening Times: 10 am -5pmInformation: Catrin Jones, 01824 705802,or email catrin.jones@cadwynclwyd.co.ukAugust 27 Merioneth County Show Food Festival This show will feature a food festival promoting Welsh food and drink produce with over 20 producers. Celebrity chef demonstrations.

Location:Dolgellau Admission: Adults pounds 6,Children pounds 1 Opening Times: 9.30am-5pm

More information: E Douglas Powell,on 01341 422837 or email sioesir@aol.comSeptember 20 Aberystwyth Food and Craft Fayre Over 30 food and drink companies offering local Welsh produce plus cookery demonstrations featuring local chefs.

Location:Baker Street,Aberystwyth Admission: Free Opening Times: 10 am -4pm More information: Jan Fenner, 07976

222683 or visit www.ceredigion.gov.ukSeptember 20-21 Abergavenny Food Festival This well-known festival celebrates all aspects of food from production through to cooking, eating and the wider cultural and economic aspects. Over 70 specialist growers and manufacturers from across Wales. Cookery demonstrations and master-classes from some of the UK's finest chefs. Guests include Georgio Locatelli, The River Cafe cooks, Jonathan Meades and poet-comedian John Hegley. New this year: cheese and wine show.

Location:Abergavenny Market Hall, the Castle,Angel Hotel and the surrounding areaAdmission: Adults pounds 2.50,Children(under 14) pounds 1.Also ticketed events book-able in advance Opening Times: 10 am -5pm Information: telephone 01873 850379,email info@abergavennyfoodfestival.com or visit www.abergavennyfoodfestival.co.ukSept 26-28 Golwg 2020 Vision This fair promotes the 21st century approach to organic food and fair trade. Location:Harlech Opening Times: 10am-6pm Information: Stephen Chapman, 01948 666588 or email chap man -33@supanet.com

October 10-12 The Anglesey Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival Food fair features around 20 food and drink producers, cookery demonstrations, seminars,and chefs' competitions.

Location:Trearddur Bay Hotel,Treaddur Bay,AngleseyAdmission: Free (pounds 2 onSunday only)Opening Times: Fri- 10 am -6pm,Sat-10am-4pm,Sun-12pm-6pmMore information: Jayne Roberts,01248 752450 or 752474,e-mail jayne@mentermon.com or visit www.mentermon.comOctober 18-19 Llangollen Celtic Cuisine Food Festival Two-day event,50 food and drink producers plus cookery demonstrations. Location:Llangollen,Denbighshire Admission: Adults pounds 2,Children pounds 1, Seniors pounds 1

Opening Times: 10 am -5pm More information: Catrin Jones on 01824 705802 or email catrin.jones@cadwynclywd.co.uk or visit www.cadwynclwyd.co.ukOct 31-Nov 1 Abersoch Gourmet Weekend Local produce market plus Welsh National Culinary Team demonstrations, with their menu being served at a gala evening dinner.

Location:Abersoch, GwyneddAdmission: Free (except for certain ticketed events)

Opening Times: 10 am -5pm(plusticketed evening event) Information: Amanda Williams on 01758 712929 or email amanda@abersochtouristinfo.co.uk or visit www.abersochtouristinfo.co.ukNovember 22 Welshpool Winter Food Festival Featuring around 20 food and drink stalls plus demonstrations from local chefs.

Location:Cambrian House Admission: Free Opening Times: 10 am -4.30pm More information: Nick Davies on 01938 555893 ore-mailinfo@cambriantraining.comNovember 29 Wales Food Fair An indoor fair with over 30 stalls,plus cookery demonstrations from well-known and local chefs.

Location:Aberystwyth Arts Centre Admission: Free Opening Times: 10 am -4pm More information: Tamsin Wright,

01970 622889,e-mail app@aber.ac.ukor visit www.aber.ac.uk/artscentreNovember 29-30 Wrexham Food Festival Two day festival with Christmas theme and cookery demos by Dai Davies, Brynhowel.

Location:Plas Coch Sports Centre, North East Wales Institute, Mold Road, Wrexham Admission: Adults pounds 1,Children FreeOpening Times: 10 am -4pmInformation: Sheila Warner 01978 751673 or email sheila@twarner.freeserve.co.ukDecember 20 Aberystwyth Christmas Food and Craft Fair Over 50 Welsh food and drink producers offering local produce Location:Baker Street,Aberystwyth Admission: Free Opening Times: 10am-4pmInformation: Jan Fenner, 07976 222683 or visit www.ceredigion.gov.uk

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Pavilion; shellfish festival; Doug Barnett of the Bridge Inn,Menai Bridge, where a festival of locally grown organic food takes place; Win Merrells, the cheese judge at the Royal Welsh Show in 1997; and chef Dai Davies attending the fifth annual Celtic Cuisine Food Festival at the Llangollen Royal; FOR YOUR DELIGHT: Pictured (clockwise from far left)David Lea Wilson with a basket of harvested sea salt; Jane Roberts of Menter Mn at the Anglesey oyster and
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