Debbie and I got up bright and early this morning (at 10am as is the new norm) raring to go and walk into town and sample the delights of our first Abergavenny food festival. I’d actually bought wristbands for the weekend, so the plan is for me to take James tomorrow…
Out of our estate, turn right and across the bridge over the fast flowing Usk we went, up to the Post Office where loads of people buzzing with excitement were being dropped off. The sun was shining and it was with great anticipation we made our way through various food & drink stalls with me heading immediately for freebie tastes of cheese and cider, where after a decent interval I actually bought something – a half pint of Welsh dry scrumpy for £2 at 6% proof. A good start, but the tummy needed some emergency lining to a three designer sausage bap for £4 followed it immediately afterwards!
Further on I came across this sign which reminded me of my old boss Lorenzo L, who yes you’ve guessed it, is Italian! 🙂
Next we made our way inside Borough market where celebrity chef book signing were taking place but having just bought a load of Keith Floyd cookery books I took pity on Debbie and we made our way to the Angel hotel bar for a pint of Guinness for me and a large Campari and lemonade for her.
Suitably refreshed we made our way to the Castle venue where I struck gold when Debs spotted someone eating freshly cooked seafood and foolishly told me.
A short queue at the Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company where for a mere £20.50 I managed to have half a lobster and chips as well as calamari and chips sprinkled with Welshman’s caviar (lava bread/seaweed) and lemon mayonnaise was eaten with two ladies who’s husbands were behind us in the queue – I felt bad when one came back to say they’d run out of lobster. While in the queue I was speaking with a fellow evacuee to Wales who told me about the Oyster & Prospect bar over at the Priory but a warning glint form “she who must be obeyed” eyes led me to the conclusion this was best saved (and savoured) tomorrow.
Next we decided to return to the main High Street on this hot sunny day to stop by a strange looking stall which had no produce apart from a bucket full of apples. On being offered one apple free (always fatal) I asked what they were doing there. A £20 deposit paid a few seconds later to a triumphant salesman & I found myself with an order with Monmouthshire Turkeys for our Christmas day celebratory feast… An organic bronze turkey from Cefn Maen farm near Raglan… 🙂
Feeling slightly guilty towards Debbie we then headed for a stall near the marketplace called Gower Cottage Brownies (made in Wales) and for a mere £15 I got a gift selection and a free cool box (for brownies?) before we thought we’d make a start to head home.
One last stop to pick up two packets of assorted flavoured meringues from a stall near the Post Office and a quick borrow of the “facilities” at the King’s Arms hotel/pub where a young lad seemed entranced by the bass guitarist our arms full of shopping we trudged back to Llanfoist.
We passed by a Land Rover stand with the full range of vehicles on display but for some reason Debbie said we had to get back for Hamish…
A brief pit stop en-route at the Inn on the Bridge to refuel with a quick refreshing pint of lager and half of cider to strengthen our resolve, before a briefly shop in Waitrose for some salmon and parsley with new potatoes for supper! All in all a great foodie day but I only hope I have enough energy for Day 2 tomorrow….