Above: Abergavenny town hall's spire rising above the throng of visitors
Bodnant cheese, one of the many amazing Welsh cheese makers at the fair
The market hall itself is always decked out with novelty decorations. Last time I was there, it was chickens. This time, they had giant owls suspended from the ceiling, and in a corner there were some drunken goats.
The prettiest retro aprons I've ever seen (and excellent, thick fabric for proper cooks!) were courtesy of The Sunday Girl Company.
Not content with nibbling cheese and cold meats, I ordered a proper meal from one of the stalls, I think it was just called 'Bubble & Squeak'. Bubble & Squeak is a traditional British dish of leftover veg, all fried up together. It was an amazing plate of food. Bubble & Squeak topped with a poached egg, roasted cashew nuts, goats cheese, pesto, carrot chutney. Yum!
The Da Mhile distillers were there, within the Gin Palace. I'd mentioned them in my article for In Retrospect magazine, so had to show them! Their seaweed gin, that I reviewed on my blog here, is one of my all time favourite tipples.
We couldn't help popping into a few charity shops while we were in the town either, and I came away with a fake Chanel handbag (which is actually leather and decent quality), and my husband bought a leather jacket he found in the ladies section (it's not ladies, I tried it on and the arms were like an orangutan's on me). We also went into Alison Tod's rather fabulous millinery shop.
Do you enjoy a food festival? We couldn't help but notice that it was a very middle-class event (well, Abergavenny is a 'posh' valley). My husband dressed in a tweed jacket and flat cap to fit in with the country set, he looked the part for sure. I wore my New Look tea dress that you saw before in this post.
Tickets were £12 for a day (bought on the day, they might be slightly cheaper in advance). Have a look at the Abergavenny Food Festival website here - maybe I'll see you there next year? If you can't wait that long, they're having a Christmas food fair on Sunday 11th December.