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Traders at Wales’s biggest free food festival revealed

SERVING up some of the tastiest treats in town and an eclectic line-up of local musicians, Cardiff Food and Drink Festival is back in Cardiff Bay for summer 2024 – and it promises to be a real feast for the senses!

Taking place in the Oval Basin from Friday July 5th – Sunday July 7th, Wales’s biggest free food festival supports more than 100 small businesses including festival favourites like The Mighty Softshell Crab, Café Cannoli, and bringing their garlicky goodness all the way from the Isle of Wight, The Garlic Farm.

There are also plenty of local heroes to celebrate, whether it’s renowned Cardiff eatery, Purple Poppadom’s street food with an Indian twist, Samosaco’s vegetarian and vegan snacks -including their famous Onion Bhaji Scotch Eggs – or the dangerously delicious premium brioche doughnuts and cookies baked by Cardiff Dough & Co less than 5 miles from the Festival site.

Notable new faces at the festival this year include Artur Brew & Co, a new independent microbrewery that have been selling high quality craft beers from their base in Crickhowell since April this year. If you’re in the mood for mead, make a beeline for fellow festival first-timers Hive Mind Mead who make their drinks from honey collected across the Wye Valley.

Also making their festival debuts are Franks Hot Dogs – award winning Gloucester Old Spot Hot Dogs and Currywurst, from the people who brought you Grazing Shed. And for a taste of luxury, check out Rutab Dates for handcrafted Medjool dates stuffed and coated with chocolate.

The bandstand will be in full swing throughout the festival as local musicians including Shop Girls, Mr Tea and the Minions, Juno, Nookee, Zong Zing All Stars and Swingin’ Bill’s Vintage Revue take to the stage. Expect anything from ska-folk and funky grooves, to jumping jive and euphoric central African dance music.

This year, visitors will have the added bonus of being able to catch one of the free pop-up street performances, taking place around Cardiff Bay as part of the Unity Festival 2024, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July.

And the fun doesn’t stop there – Cardiff Harbour Authority will be at the festival, offering visitors the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life by taking a free, virtual tour of the history and wildlife of the isolated Flat Holm island which sits out in the Bristol Channel.

Entry to Cardiff Food and Drink Festival is free and no ticket is needed. The festival opening hours are:

Friday: 12:00 – 22:00*
Saturday: 11:00 – 22:00*
Sunday: 11:00 – 19:00

*Street Food Piazza and Bars are open until 22:00, while Farmers Market and Producers Fair close at 21:00 and trade stalls close at 19:00.

More information here: https://www.visitcardiff.com/food-drink/

Full List of Traders

Farmers Market

Antur Brew Co

Independent microbrewery from Crickhowell selling high-quality craft beers

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Babita’s Spice Deli

Vegetarian & vegan Indian deli snacks

Baker Bears

Baked goods from Caerphilly based bakery including cupcakes, cakesicles and tray bakes

Bang-On Brewery Ltd

Craft beers from Bridgend

Bee Welsh Honey

Honey and beeswax from Builth Wells

Bil-Tomms Biltong ltd

South African style cured beef Biltong

Bloom Sugar Cakes

Cookie pie slices, massive cookies and cookie bars, in a variety of flavours.

Blueberry Hill Preserves

Small-batch chutneys, jams and marmalades – handmade using artisan ingredients in the heart of Yorkshire

Cardiff Dough and Co

Cardiff made brioche doughnuts and cookies

Cascave Gin

Premium artisanal gins inspired by the Brecon Beacons

Celtic Spirit Co

The oldest spirit company in Wales, producing high quality spirits & liqueur drinks

Chock Shop

15 different varieties of Belgian chocolate brownies and blondies

Croatian Fine(st) Farmer & Artisan Food and Drink

Artisan Croation fine food

Cwm Deri Wines and Liqueurs

Wines and liqueurs crafted in small batches in West Wales

Dimkin’s Patisserie

Handmade French macarons

Doughnutterie

Selection of artisan doughnuts

Drinks Kitchen Non-Alcoholic Aperitif

Award-winning non-alcoholic aperitif from Somerset

Express Brazilian Food

Brazilian savoury baked goods

Fat Bottom Welsh Cakes

Welsh Cakes in a variety of traditional and non-traditional flavours

Freda’s Peanut Butter

Artisan flavoured peanut butter in 8 varieties, made in Cornwall

Gilly’s

A unique range of oil free Balsamic dressings and miniature gift sets

GingerBeard’s Preserves

Large range of artisan preserves

Gourmet Gower Fudge

35 varieties of handmade fudge & nougat

Gwatkin Cider

Herefordshire Cider, perry, apple juice and cider brandy

Gwynt y Ddraig Cider

Traditionally made bottled Welsh ciders

Harrison & Griffiths Ltd

The finest Jamaican rum cakes available in 3 strengths

Isaac Poad

Award-winning bottled beer, spirits & ready to pour cocktails.

Jamaica Blue Mountain® Coffee Ms. Tita

Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans

Jethro’s Marinades & Sauces/Artisan Camper Pork Crackling

Irresistible chilli sauces, marinades, chutneys and pork crackling in 10 different flavours

Lucelas Chocolate Rum

Award-winning luxurious chocolate hand blended with Rum

M&M Beverages Ltd

Buzbee’s Premium Tonics made with Welsh spring water, honey and all natural ingredients.

Marie Cresci’s Cheesecakes

Cheesecakes pots and cheesecake profiteroles with a dipping sauce, homemade in Ammanford.

MKS Food Distribution

Selection of Mediterranean sweet and savoury snacks including olives, nuts, Turkish delight and baklava

Northern Brownies

Chocolate brownies in a variety of flavours, made in Leeds

O’Donnell Moonshine

High proof moonshine and a range of delicious liqueurs

R&G Thai Curry Paste

Authentic Thai curry pastes, ranging from very spicy to very mild.

Ralph’s Cider LTD

Traditional farmhouse cider and perry

Rickard’s Cornish Biltong

Award-winning hand-crafted Cornish beef Biltong, Droewors and chilli bites.

Rowlestone Farm Ice Cream

Range of hand-crafted ice cream and sorbets in a selection of traditional and unique flavours.

Rutab Dates

Handcrafted luxury Medjool dates stuffed and coated with chocolate.

Samosaco

Vegetarian and vegan snacks including Samosas, Bhajis, Pickles, Chutneys, Sauces and the famous Onion Bhaji Scotch Egg

Seasons Coffee House and Cakery

Homemade cakes and bakes

Singh’s Kitchen

Ready to eat Indian meals

Sizzlers – Prime Meats

British game, rare breed and exotic meats.

Spirit of Wales Distillery

Handcrafted spirits, gin, rum and vodka – distilled in Newport

Tan Rosie

Authentic Caribbean food products, from spices to sauces, made from the freshest ingredients

Tarsier Southeast Asian Spirit

Gin inspired by Southeast Asian flavours

The Artisan

Pastel de Nata and savoury pastries

The Finest Fudge Co

Homemade fudge slabs, made using the finest ingredients

The Pudding Wagon

Gooey Chocolate Brownies in a variety of flavours

The Sawley Kitchen

Award-winning shortbread, vintage biscuits and giant meringues

The Twisted Curry Co

Curry & marinade spice kits to cook at home

TORS Vodka

Premium vodka and vodka liqueurs, by the bottle

Ty Caws

A selection of British artisan cheese and accompaniments

Wiltshire Chilli Farm

Award-winning homemade chilli sauces, jam, spreads, salts, seasonings and even chocolate!

Yau’s

Healthier oriental sauces made from authentic recipes

Producer’s Fair

Beth’s Bakes

A variety of blondies, brownies and cupcakes.

Boba Buzz

Taiwanese bubble tea – a fruit flavoured drink served with popping juice balls.

Butternut Box

Range of fresh dog food, cooked like you would at home.

Cafe Cannoli

Award-winning Sicilian cannoli

Churtopia Lemonade

Homemade slightly sparkling lemonade

Continental Cottage Ltd

A wide range of German Salamis

Emburs Dessert Bar

Unique, handmade confectionery from Pembrokeshire

Flo and Frankies Fudge

Handmade Fudge and liquorice

Hensol Castle Distillery

Award-winning Welsh spirits from Hensol Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Hive Mind Mead & Brew Co

Mead made from honey collected in the Wye Valley

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Cinnamon roasted nuts and Italian liquorice

Kin Toffee Vodka

Blended vodka hand mixed in the heart of the Lake District

Lisa’s Luxury Cheesecakes & the Crazy Bakes

Homemade cheesecakes, cookies, brownies and more – made in Cardiff

Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream

Artisan ice cream, made in the Brecon Beacons

Ridiculously Rich by Alana

Indulgent brownies and cakes, made in Wales using the finest ingredients

Riverford Organic Farmers

Organic fruit & veg box home delivery service and online farm shop

Shepherds Ice Cream

Sheep’s milk and plant-based ice-cream from Hereford

Sunrise Patisserie

Portuguese custard tarts

The Bath Soft Cheese Co.

Artisan hand-made cheese, made using milk from a single herd of dairy cows

The Blaenafon Cheddar Company Ltd

Award-winning international & Welsh champion handmade cheeses

The Garlic Farm

Specialising in everything Garlic, grown in the Isle of Wight

The Great British Cheese Company

Award-winning British cheese and chutney

Street Food Piazza

Bamboo House

Malaysian Cuisine including Sambal chicken and Rendang chicken

Bao Selecta

Fluffy steamed bao buns, loaded with a range of fillings and dressings

Caribbean Cuisine

Classic Caribbean dishes including jerk chicken, mutton curry, ackee’n’saltfish & rice’n’peas

Churros Hermanos

Fresh, organic and vegan Churros, drizzled with melted Belgian chocolate

Cwmpistyll Welsh Black Beef & Lamb

Quality, home reared Welsh black beef burgers, lamb burgers, sausages & bacon.

Franks Hot Dogs

Award winning Gloucester Old Spot hot dogs and Currywurst

Giovanni’s in the Bay

Freshly prepared Italian food and desserts

Happy Dumpling 365

Traditional Chinese cuisine including dumplings, bao buns and Chinese doughnuts

Hogi Hogi Hogi

Classic combination of Welsh pork, stuffing, apple sauce, crunchy crackling

Keralan Karavan

Southern Indian street food from Cardiff’s finest

Le Coq

Buttermilk fried chicken served in a variety of ways

Mac Daddies Gourmet Mac and Cheese

Gourmet mac and cheese with incredible toppings

Meat And Greek

Fresh souvlaki – toasted pitta breads packed with succulent charcoaled chicken or pork on skewers

Morgans Family Butchers

Steaks, beef burgers and lamb burgers made using the finest Welsh lamb and beef reared in Builth Wells

Nixon Farms

Slow roasted Welsh black beef, lamb or pork served with ‘proper’ chips.

Purple Poppadom

Indian inspired street food featuring Kerala fried chicken and bombay fries

Taste of Persia

Variety of freshly prepared kebabs, Persian stews, falafel and Persian sweets

The Dough Thrower

Firewood pizza topped with house made tomato sauce

The Hellenic Eatery

Traditional Greek flavours including gyros and halloumi wraps

The Mighty Soft Shell Crab

Soft-shell crab tempura served with homemade sweet chilli sauce

The Spanish Buffet Ltd

Authentic, traditional Spanish paella and tapas made with quality ingredients

The Welsh Creperie Co

Authentic sweet and savoury French crepes

The Bandstand

Friday 5 July

Saturday 6 July

Sunday 7 July

12:00

Juno

12:00

Batwkee

12:00

Nookee

13:00

Shop Girls

13:00

Mari Mathias

13:00

Swingin’ Bill’s Vintage Revue

14:00

J4

14:00

Jump Sturdy

14:00

Fiesta Resistance

15:00

Kingman Project

15:00

The Sun Kings

15:00

Nookee

16:00

Mr Tea and the Minions

16:00

Batwkee

16:00

Swingin’ Bill’s Vintage Revue

17:00

Juno

17:00

Zong Zing All Stars

17:00

Fiesta Resistance

18:00

Shop Girls

18:00

Mari Mathias

18:00

Nookee

19:00

J4

19:00

Jump Sturdy

20:00

Kingman Project

20:00

The Sun Kings

21:00

Mr Tea and the Minions

21:00

Zong Zing All Stars

Travel Advice

Please use public transport, walk or cycle to the event, if possible. Buses run regularly to Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Bay train station is a short walk from the festival site. Plan your journey here: https://www.traveline.cymru/

Additional bike racks will be available at the festival site.

Car parking is available in close proximity to the festival site

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