The Festive Food Fair is back!

In the words of Andy Williams,”It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and good old Andy wasn’t wrong. Other than the heap of presents you receive, there’s the mound of food you get to consume over the Christmas period as well as an excuse to drink pretty much all the time. All in the name of the birth of Father Christmas.

But one of the aspects of Yuletide I enjoy most is the Christmas markets and food fairs. That’s why I’m particularly looking forward to Cardiff’s Festive Food Fair on December 15 down at the Chapter Arts Centre. Not only will it offer a range of crafts and local produce, it is a pretty ‘green’ and eco friendly fair and therefore if it helps the polar bears then it’s all the more special!

I caught up with one of the organisers from Green City Events, Rebecca Clark, to ask her a few questions about this years fair.


(Photo attributed to Rebecca Clark)

What can visitors expect from the fair?

The Festive Food Fair is in it’s 3rd year now and is a collaboration between Chapter Arts and Green City Events. We want to provide an alternative Christmas shopping experience, one that promotes local and ethically sourced produce, as well as supporting new, independent businesses and social enterprises. We also want to give people the chance to find out more about local green projects and organisations in Cardiff that are promoting sustainable living and how they can get involved.

In addition to the wonderful selection of local food stalls (which are being announced this week – check fb event for list), there’s a unique workshop and activity area, where we encourage people to get hands on with local green projects and activities.


(Photo attributed to Rebecca Clark)

This year we are creating a ‘Green Grotto!’ We are teaming up with lots of local green people including Free Range Learning, Cardiff Transition, Farm Cardiff and Edible Landscaping to bring you lots of eco treats and surprises! You can expect a pedal powered Christmas disco, eco-craft workshops including seedpaper making and willow craft, present hunts and a visit from Farmer Christmas! There will even be a performance from the Chapter Choir to add to the festive feel. There might even be an appearance from Rudolph…

We also have some exciting new foodie additions this year; the Penylan Pantry, Shabbanakle and Pipes Brewery.

What are you personally looking forward to most?

I can’t wait for the Festive Food Fair this year! It’s shaping up to be the best yet with a fantastic line up of local food stalls and an exciting range of workshops and activities in the Green Grotto. It’s always great to see so many people that are passionate about local produce and sourcing food more sustainably. Hopefully we will make people think twice before dashing to the supermarkets to stock up for Christmas!

What makes Cardiff’s food scene so great?

I love that there is always new, independent foodie places popping up in Cardiff and that more people are starting to care about where they source their food from and what is in it. Go Cardiff!


(Photo attributed to Rebecca Clark)

Related Stuff:

  • The Welsh Food Scene-Chapter Arts: Festive Food Fair

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