Held annually at the National Park Visitor Centre, near Libanus, excitement is building for what promises to be a fun-filled and action packed August Bank Holiday Weekend (28th – 30th August) with over 70-trade stands booked to occupy the marquees and grounds. Whatever the weather, visitors can browse through a fantastic array of local food, arts and crafts, whilst the children will be kept entertained by all sorts of fun and inspiring activities.
Catering Manager for the National Park Visitor Centre Tearooms, Andrew Powell couldn’t be happier that over 10,000 visitors are expected to show a definite appetite for the finest Welsh food, arts, crafts, children’s activities and live entertainment on offer – the only problem for visitors will be choosing what to buy. Aside from the Summer Fayre, Andrew also organises the Hay and Brecon Food Festivals – no mean feat when you consider that he manages the National Park’s Tearooms as well. He views the Summer Fayre as an important event in the National Park calendar giving local producers the perfect opportunity and setting to promote Welsh produce, but he’s quick to remind visitors that it’s not about the quantity of traders who fill the space, but more about discovering the best quality producers in Wales – and with three days to browse the stalls, visitors are guaranteed to find something to tickle their fancy.
Andrew told us: “What started out as a small National Park community summer fayre has now grown into one of Wales’ largest. What makes it so special – as we celebrate a decade of success – is the fact that we still maintain that Welsh community feeling and we are supporting small businesses and producers. What could be a better way of celebrating the bank holiday weekend than browsing through the fantastic array of Welsh craft, produce and food. We are hoping for a nice weekend weather-wise but even if it rains the show will go on.”
Cllr Eric Saxon, Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, is delighted with the Summer Fayre’s 10th Anniversary, saying: “The National Park Authority is passionate about supporting the local food and arts movement so I am very pleased that we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre is the quintessential Welsh Summer experience – from great food to quirky crafts – there is something for everyone. It’s a chance for people to try see, taste and buy things produced on your door step that you probably weren’t aware of. We hope to welcome as many people as possible to this fun event so they can help celebrate this milestone with us.”