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Bridgend Feastival

Are you a lover of Welsh food and drink?
Why not head on down to this year's Bridgend Feastival, where some fantastic local foodie entertainment and experiences combine with a whole host of other activities to make sure that there's something for every member of the family to enjoy.

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Taking place on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of September (the same dates as our amazingly unique Elvis festival), Feastival will transform Bridgend centre into a hub of award-winning Welsh food and drink and top class entertainment.
The main reason for the festival is that we really wanted to showcase the true deliciousness of the food and drink on offer from local Welsh producers. Throughout the weekend some seriously good Welsh suppliers will be out and about showing off all the mouth watering food and drink they've got to offer. You might even be lucky to pick up a sample from the likes of The Chocolate Brownie Company, Nervous Nigel's Relishes, Riley's Toffees, the Delicious Cake Bakery and Welsh Perry and Cider, alongside a whole host of others.
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And while we might be serious about local food, that doesn't mean we aren't planning loads of fun to go along with it. Wander the streets during the festival and you could encounter anything from 'leek lobbing' (get it in the basket to win a prize) to spaghetti bridge building!
All of this with perhaps the biggest single attraction right at the centre. Back in 2010 it was a 10ft Cauliflower sheep, 2011 witnessed the amazing leaning tower of Pizza, last year was a 6ft Orangutan swinging through the trees - you just wait until you see what we've got lined up for you this year! One small clue; it'll be made out of Welsh food packaging…
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And with 'Make it' being a big theme this year, you can expect a load of recipes, cookery demos and even food art. If you can't wait for September, be sure to keep up to date with our blog, where we'll  post videos of our favourite cookery demonstrations as well as recipes from across Wales.
For more information on this year's Feastival, visit www.bridgendfeastival.com


Five Favourite Family Places to Eat in Bridgend County

We're spoilt for choice when it comes to family things to do in Bridgend.  There are plenty of activity providers that offer a fun family day out, along with some top quality bike rides or walks on the coast and up in the valleys.  So after a busy day out with the children you'll probably want to end it with a family meal at one of Bridgend's quality restaurants.  Here are just five of some our favourite places to eat in and around Bridgend.

A famous face visits The Prince in Kenfig

A famous face visits The Prince in Kenfig


1.  The Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig offers all the family plenty of fun with it's exciting history and interior.  Whilst the children will love the knights and medievil decor, the adults can enjoy the fine selection of local ales on offer.  There's also a great menu that showcases the best of Welsh cooking and locally sauced Bridgend foods.  Situated next to the beautiful Kenfig Nature Reserve and not far from the beach, this magnificent 16th century family run pub is steeped in history, character and charm.

 © Copyright Nick Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

© Copyright Nick Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


 
 
 
2.   The Old House inn, is possibly the oldest pub in Wales, if not on the British Isles.  When you arrive this pub has a fairytale like appearance, and walking through the door is like going back in time.  The interior is charming and historic, and has lots of interesting items all around.  The area surrounding the Old House is picturesque and a great spot for children to play in.  There's a hearty menu on offer that also includes an excellent family menu.
 
 

Wiggleys Fun Farm

Wiggleys Fun Farm


3.  Wiggleys Fun Farm offers a menu of freshly prepared food made every day, a fine selection of drinks and refreshments. This is a great place for parents to relax with a cake and coffee, while their children go off to have some fun.  There's a large indoor play area which consists of climbing frames, rope courses and other adventure areas.  Outside there's a large area where families can visit friendly farm animals.
 

The Atlantic Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel


 
 
 
4. The Atlantic Hotel & Restaurant , is conveniently situated right upon the golden sands of Rest Bay beach within a few minutes walk of the town centre and the picturesque harbour, on the unspoilt coast of Porthcawl.  Enjoy a day out on the beach before stopping for a tasty meal in the Atlantic Hotel's restaurant.  There's a quality children's menu and plenty of quality choices for the adults.
 
5.  The Angel Inn, Maudlam.  This is a great family-friendly restaurant & pub with a rural character and cosy, relaxed atmosphere situated in the village of Maudlam. Food is served all day. The menu ranges from traditional pub favourites, a selection of chargrilled meats, prime steak burgers, and desserts. Visitors can soak up the sun in the Angel's beer garden.  The Angel Inn is very welcoming to all nursing mums with babies/toddlers and have installed a baby changer and have five new high chairs. Nearby is the Kenfig National Nature Reserve, one of the finest Wildlife habitats in Wales.  Not only can visitors enjoy the nature but nearby there are some excellent walks you can enjoy with your family and dogs. Glamorgan's largest freshwater lake, Kenfig Pool, lies at the heart of the reserve and is a stopping off point for migrating birds. The Angel Inn is also a dog friendly pub.
 


Bridgend County: One of the liveliest places for events in the UK...

Celebrate in Bridgend

It's time to have some fun in Bridgend


Bridgend County is not only famous for it's beautiful stretch of coastline and beaches, it's also well known for hosting great events month on month.  
Each month visitors and locals alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for weekend activities to do.  Whether you want to participate in some outdoor activities, spectate some World-class sporting events or want to enjoy a good old sing along at a music festival Bridgend can offer it all. 
This August and September sees one of Wales' biggest cycling events taking place in Porthcawl Town, there's also a very foodie "Feastival" taking place at the end of September and the Elvis Festival, possibly one of the UK's quirkiest festivals of the year!
So here's our quick round-up of some of the best events takings place over the next two months.
August  two standout events is the Garw Carnival and Dunetreka.
Saturday, 17th August -  Garw Carnival & Rural Fair
This year's carnival theme is "a walk down memory lane".  So we'd recommend a scrummage in the attic before heading off to another fun summer carnival in Blaengarw.  A grand procession through the streets of Blaengarw, rural stalls, live bands and a talent show.  Lee Jukes has announced that he will be hosting the 2013 Garw Carnival.
Sunday 18th August, 11am - 4pm - Dunetreka
The nature reserves in Bridgend are some of the uniquest in Europe for flora and sand dunes.  Explore the world of nature conservation and engage with the natural environment in the Kenfig National Nature Reserve.  Dunetreka is free entry.
Activities include:  Seeing some mysterious water beasts, bird watching, treasure hunt, moth tracking, reserve safari tours, meet the critters, storytelling, guided walks, build and paint your own bird box, local crafts stalls and conservation groups, dog agility challenge.
September is all about cycling and music...
The fun doesn't stop in September either with one of the UK's largest cycling tournaments coming to Bridgend County, plus there's a whole load of music taking place with the World's biggest Elvis festival and the Porthcawl Rock Festival.   
15 September, 2013 - Porthcawl CRIT Cycle Race
cyclingExpect to see hundreds of cyclists turn out along Porthcawl seafront for one of the major Welsh cycling events of the year. The event is expected to attract hundreds of visitors.
The Porthcawl Seafront Criterium will feature a series of exciting races through the town centre on a classic closed-road 1.2km street circuit, culminating in the Senior Welsh Circuit Race Championships.
It's the first time that cycle racing has been brought to Porthcawl in more than 10 years, offering riders fully closed, fun and fast-paced street racing along one of south Wales' most famous seafront settings in front of the crowds, and a chance to finish the road circuit season in style.
The event is ideal for families and spectators interested in watching the thrills of top quality, adrenalin-fuelled cycle racing whilst soaking up the excitement of a classic seafront town before the summer ends.
Starting at 3pm for the younger races the grand finale to the day will be at 7pm when the Welsh Senior Circuit Race Championships sets off; an elite race scheduled to attract some of the World's top cyclists.
rock festSunday 15th September, 2013 - Porthcawl Rock Festival

Pull out those leather trousers and get yourself down to the Hi Tide Inn to enjoy a day of great music by the sea.  Visitors will get to see an wide variety of bands, with food and drinks being served throughout the day.  The event is free entry, starts at 12:00pm until 7:00pm. 

 
Friday 27th September- Sunday 29th September
 

Elvis Festival Porthcawl by Visit Wales ©

Elvis Festival Porthcawl by Visit Wales ©


Porthcawl Elvis Festival- Now in its 10th year, the Elvis Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world and invites visitors to enjoy a weekend of rock 'n' roll in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl.
There are a number of Elvis events taking place as part of the Festival at Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion including The Three Kings Show, The Elvies, and Red Alert, the best Elvis Showband in the world. In addition, the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl will host over 100 shows over the weekend, and over twenty other venues in and around the town will host events as part of the Fringe Festival.
 
 28th September -  Bridgend Feastival 
FeastivalA visit to FEASTIVAL must be in your families' diary for the Autumn.
While some food festivals provide plenty of opportunities to sample different foods, Feastival does this and lots more.
Feastival this year celebrates loads of foodie stuff activities for children to interact with, they can eat it, make it, love it, laugh at it. Activities include leak lobbing, Spaghetti Bridge building and wrapping an egg in protective packaging for a 10 metre drop; the egg that survives wins a prize for its packager, Food of course.
When you visit Bridgend town centre this autumn you can meet with over 60 food traders on the streets, many providing tasters and produce for you to buy at the Feastival.  Get here early as we would not want you to miss out on some great tasting food.
Celebrity chefs display their skills in the demonstration areas and this year is no exception. Check out the website for up to date news on who else will be demonstrating their talents this year. Local restaurants will be offering food for you to try from different eras.
Each year Feastival entertains the visitor with art work with a difference and this year is no exception. The streets of the town come alive from Punch and Judy shows for the younger children, "whose got my sausages" to seeing a bunch of grapes on stilts, perhaps if you are lucky you will get to taste some as well, you also need to watch out for the hula hooping carrot around the next corner and animals performing acrobatics up high, try this out for yourself if you dare.
Music will be everywhere to suit all ages so come along and bring all the family for a fun day out with food.
So what are you waiting for if you like food and a great day out, go to our website and sign up for regular updates on all that is happening.
And make sure it is in your diary….