Hay’s Memorial Car Park was transformed into an al-fresco marketplace on Saturday 30th June, with more than 50 stalls offering everything from fine ciders, ales, honey, pies, pastries, bread, cheeses, cakes, and other tasty treats like sourced local beef, lamb and pork. The festival was a hive of activity with more than 3,000 visitors attracted by the vast array of food and drink on offer.
Among the visitors to this year’s event, kindly supported by the Welsh Government, were Kirsty Williams AM, Roger Williams MP, Suzy Davies AM, Talgarth County Councillor and Mid & West Wales AM William Powell and Chief Executive of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority John Cook.
Andrew Powell, Catering Manager for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and organiser of the event, said: “It was lovely to see the whole of Hay town centre buzzing for this event, generating a great atmosphere. I firmly believe that it’s the quality of the produce on offer that encourages visitors to come back year after year, which always makes this event such a success.”
John Cook, Chief Executive of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, added: “Having attended Saturday’s Hay Food Festival it’s clear to see that this event is growing from strength to strength and is now firmly established as a favourite for both visitors and locals.
“It’s important for the National Park Authority to support the local food network, and the feedback we’ve received from stallholders so far indicates that it was a very successful day for everyone connected with the festival.”
Fans of Hay Food Festival should regularly check Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s website www.breconbeacons.org for a list of other food events throughout the year, including the Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre held during the August Bank Holiday Weekend (August 25-27) and the Brecon Beacons Food Festival on Saturday, October 6.