Food makers from North West Wales are teaming up with local musicians for a summer of travelling feasts.
The Movable Feast is a series of family events offering a mix of entertainment and the best of local produce from over 50 food and drinks producers around the region.
The first of five events on Anglesey takes place in Llangefni on Friday night, featuring local bands Y Moniars and Phil Gas a’r Band. The Town Hall car park will play host to a pop-up market including arts & crafts, street performers and activities encouraging healthy eating and wellbeing.
The first such feast in Llandudno last month attracted over 2,500 people – and organisers The North West Wales Food Group hope the travelling festival will help boost both foodmakers and local tourism.
Group administrator Anna Openshaw said: ”Our first event in Llandudno was a real hit, which has given us a huge boost at the start of the season. We’re really grateful to everyone who contributed to making the inaugural Movable Feast such a success.”
”We’ll have some equally fantastic stalls and activities in Llangefni and hope that people will come out once again to support the Movable Feast on its first visit to the island.”
The feast was inspired by the ‘foodslam’ markets, launched in Menai Bridge three years ago before spreading out to other parts of Gwynedd and Anglesey. The new event has won backing from the Welsh Government, three county councils and Menter Môn.
Another ten events are planned between now and September – but David Evans from Dylan’s Restaurant said he hoped the Movable Feast could expand beyond North Wales in time: ”Since we introduced the foodslams on Anglesey in 2016, they’ve gone from strength to strength with hundreds if not thousands attending each one, giving the local economy a welcome boost.”
”This has given us the confidence to expand the concept and to put a region-wide, cross-county structure in place to oversee the running of similar food events across North Wales and beyond. In time, we want to hold events outside the area, and hope to take the Movable Feast to cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Dublin to promote our region as a top class food tourism destination.”
”We really want to involve the local community, and have been visiting local schools in the lead up to events to deliver cookery and art workshops. During these sessions the children have been designing festival flags which will be used to decorate the events.”
Dave Faragher, the founder of the Llandudno-based Wild Horse Brewing Company, was among those trading at last month’s opening event: ”This type of event is a fantastic opportunity for food and drink businesses like ours to meet customers face to face and collectively showcase the amazing offering we have here in North Wales.”
”There’s a real vibe in the region at the moment, and we really enjoyed being a part of the inaugural event. We look forward to taking our craft beers to other Movable Feast locations over the summer.”
Llangefni’s Movable Feast takes place outside Llangefni Town Hall on Friday 11th May from 5-10pm – tickets on the night are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for concessions – children under get in free.
The feast moves onto Bangor Pier on Friday 25th May (5-10pm), followed by:
- Saturday 9th June: Water Street, Menai Bridge (12-10pm)
- Saturday 23rd June: The Esplanade, Criccieth (12-10pm)
- Saturday 7th July: Colwyn Bay (venue TBC)
- Saturday 14th July: Porthmadog (venue TBC)
- Friday 27th July: Benllech Beach (5-10pm)
- Sunday 12th August: Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, Tal-y-Cafn
- Friday 24th August: Cemaes Bay (5-10pm)
- Saturday 29th September: Gwydir Park, Llanrwst