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Sat 4 Oct sees Brecon Beacons Food Festival open its metaphorical doors for
the eleventh year. This time round, the organisers’ main focus is caring for the
environment, so it comes as no surprise that the majority of food for sale is
organic, fresh, local and healthy. Along with row upon row of food and drink stalls,
celebrity chef cooking demostrations will show visitors how to rustle up some
tasty dishes right in the heart of the Welsh countryside.
Later in the month, the market town of Cowbridge holds its fifth annual Food
Festival on Sat 25 and Sun 26. One of the best known and most-visited events of
its kind in Wales, this year there are over seventy exhibitors sharing their wares.
Visitors can browse various food and drinks marquees for diverse ranges of
culinary delights, such as the finest alcohols, dairy foods and meats along with
local organic produce and foreign cuisine. Free food tasting, demonstrations and
talks are scheduled as well as a craft fayre and street entertainment throughout
the weekend. /
Canteen on Clifton Street has been nominated for The
Best UK Independent Restaurant award by The Vegetar-
ian Society. Renowned for its delicious veggie delights,
Imagine a slap-up meal and service from your own
Canteen is the only Welsh restaurant to be short-listed
personal waiter while you watch some of the big-
for any of the society’s prestigious awards.
gest touring names from the privacy and comfort
The society, which promotes best practice among cater-
of a box at the CIA.
ers, manufacturers and retailers, designed the awards
Attention to detail and individuality is key to the
to encourage integrity in the vegetarian marketplace.
new package deals offered by leading Cardiff res-
As well as providing excellent value for money, a cool
taurant Le Monde. Everything has been tapered
interior and laidback atmosphere, Canteen also prides
to ensure you’ll have an evening that will stay with
itself in preparing fresh dishes to suit individual tastes
you for the rest of your life.
and specific dietary requirements.
Renowned as the best seafood restaurant in the
The winner will be announced this month online at
Welsh capital, Le Monde has gone from strength – fingers crossed!
to strength in the 25 years since it opened.
On offer in the package is dinner, half a bottle of
wine, a viewing box to see any of the acts playing
at Cardiff International Arena, drinks and a per-
sonal hostess for the entire evening.
We already knew that Wales is home to some of the tastiest fare
These great value packages mean you’re free to
money can buy, and now thanks to The Good Food Guide 2009, so
enjoy a memorable, carefree evening in the com-
does everyone else. Making it into the Top 40 restaurants is The
pany of the likes of Katie Melua, Oasis, Cliff Rich-
Crown at Whitebrook; a fantastic accolade for this already well
ard, Paul Weller and the Stereophonics.
respected restaurant as The Good Food Guide’s Top 40 is widely
recognised as the ‘premier league’ of UK restaurants. Four Cardiff
restaurants: Le Gallois, Gilby’s, Wood’s Brasserie and Patagonia
also made it into the guide, with editor Elizabeth Carter making
a special reference to Patagonia, saying, “We’re always pleased
Fancy some cariad with your bara brith?
when we find a restaurant that our readers have recommended is
Howells in Cardiff is going back to its roots and receiv-
worthy of a full entry.”
ing a taste of Wales with its new Welsh Food Hall. Prod-
The Hardwick in Abergavenny also received credit, winning the
ucts from Llanerch Vineyard, the largest and oldest
Good Food Guide Editors’ Award for Best Use of Local Produce,
premier vineyard in Wales, will be available in the store
another string to add to its growing bow, as they’ve recently also
from the beginning October. All kinds of traditional
won the title of Penderyn Restaurant of the year. See page 36 for
Welsh food, cheeses, spirits, wines and other produce
Buzz’s review,
will be on offer, as well as loads of special offers.
Buzz Beer of the Month ...with Tony from Bar En Route
Chapter have announced a new menu to accompany
Beer Name : Grimbergen / Country of Origin: Belgium / Style: Abbey Blond
the refurb the art house is currently undergoing,
Strength: 6.7% ABV / Volume: 330ml / RRP: £1.45
which for those who frequent the Canton hangout
Just the one for those looking to get started with Belgian beers, and those familiar
means an improvement to what is already one of the
with the Leffe equivalent will find this a pleasant variant of the Blond style. Very easy
best facilities in the city. New food, strong Belgian beer,
drinking, light and fruity, but keep an eye on the strength. By no means the best Belgian
friendly pierced staff – we’ll see you there...
beer on offer but very popular at the bar.
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