Abergavenny Food Festival has announced a raft of new events and speakers joining the line-up at this year’s event, taking place over the weekend of 21st-22nd September.
The festival will welcome some of the most influential figures in British cooking, as Fergus Henderson and St. JOHN co-founder Trevor Gulliver returns to Abergavenny. Fergus and Trevor, the team behind St. JOHN (and its sister establishments) as well as owners of a winery in Minervois in France, will be discussing their new book, The Book of St John.
Award-winning food writer and author of more than ten books Diana Henry will also be appearing at the Borough Theatre, discussing the writing that inspires her and her life beyond food, visitors can join writer Angela Clutton for a vinegar masterclass, Saturday Kitchen wine expert Olly Smith will impart all he knows about fizz cocktails, and chef Zoe Adjonyoh will be cooking over fire.
Catch returning food festival favourite José Pizarro fresh from the launch of his new book ‘Andalusia’ and appearing on the Market Hall stage, Jaega Wise joins Pete Brown to discover Beers and Cider of Wales, and fine spirits and cocktail aficionados Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley bring a ‘Weekend Cocktails’ class and an exploration of the world of gin to the 2019 festival programme of events.
Smoking Goat chef Ali Borer has also joined the line-up for cooking over fire at the Castle as have Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes from restaurant Native who will also be taking a group for a ‘Wild and Foraged’ event.
Pig farmer Martha Roberts and writer Tim Hayward will be hosting a tasting workshop on ‘Everything but the Oink’, Alissa Timoshkina is to hold a cookery class on the subject of her book ‘Salt & Time’ and will join John Gregory-Smith and John Whaite on a panel to discuss how locally sourced, British produce can be used to replicate international flavours.
Laurian Veaudour returns to the festival with a patisserie masterclass, Chris Harrod of Monmouthshire’s Michelin-starred The Whitebrook will demo on the Market Hall Stage, TV’s Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard is cooking ‘Vegan Over Fire’ up at the Castle, and South Wales based smallholder Muhsen Hassanin will join a panel to discuss Foods of the Islamic World to be hosted by Sheila Dillon of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.
Among those already confirmed for this year are Asma Khan, Xanthe Clay, Sandor Katz, Bee Wilson, Rosie Birkett, Elly Curshen, Emiko Davies, Genevieve Taylor, Fozia Ismail, Pete Brown, Jekka McVicar and chefs Anissa Helou, Sam and Shauna from Hangfire BBQ, Copenhagen’s Trine Hahnemann, Gareth Ward, Josh Eggleton, Tom Hunt, Cyrus Todiwala and Tommy Heaney.
Day and weekend wristbands are on sale now, along with initial event tickets. Please check the website www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com for further details and to sign up to the festival newsletter to receive updates.