We went to two festival events this year, the first was a “Street Food Party at the Castle” where two live bands played from 7pm to 10pm last Friday night.
We stopped off first at the Hen & Chickens pub in town for the first time which was really busy and the only room was in their restaurant area. At the time we didn’t realise it but we shared the room with the second act, an Irish female folk band called Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band before heading off to the castle itself for the start.
It was quite a cold night so arriving early and securing a front row settee with 2 cushions in the main stage pavilion tent turned out to be a really smart thing to do as we had comfort for our derrières and a little bit of warmth by huddling under the cushions!
Once Debbie was safely buried in the sofa I got two pints of rather strong lager (£4 each) and a cardboard box filled with a delicious lobster roll, salad, chips and coleslaw (£12.50) and we settled down to listen to the music surrounded by shivering, rather envious looking neighbours perched on rather rickety looking wooden chairs around us…
The first band was called Ish Kabbible a rather unusual name but of the swing/jazz genre with a double bass, clarinet, lead singer with banjo, fabulous trumpet player and drummer. Just my cup of tea and I bought their CD at the end for £5 which is now in my iTunes.
After a quick handover on the stage our Irish fellow drinkers started playing with electric guitar, washboard and thimbles, electric double bass, hand drum machine and vocalist on banjo/acoustic guitar. This time Debbie was more impressed than I – but to be fair a lot more people seemed to agree as there was a lot more dancing going on – although a jaundiced view could have predicted this would happen as the audience desperately tried to stay warm!
Eventually we decided to walk back home and made our way back arm in arm amazed at the sight of a full moon over Abergavenny. A great evening and one we shall repeat next year if all goes to plan.
Saturday was our trip to Brecon to see “Boycie” (& Paul) as per yesterday’s post, so the Food Festival itself was attended Sunday and boy were we lucky with the weather. James accompanied us in the walk into town as he was opening up the Blue Cross shop to take advantage of the crowds.
Wristbands rather too tightly affixed we walked into town and dropped off James before looking out for the “Monmouth Turkey” stall where we had ordered our fabulous Christmas Day bird last year.
After a quick visit to the Priory and some cider tasting we finally found it and I celebrated by tucking into the most delicious roasted pig roll with yummy sage and onion filler with apple sauce and crackling!
Debbie took these rather blurry photos as alas the food available wasn’t low fat (to put it mildly) so all I could do to compensate was buy two ice cold lagers supplemented by two complimentary sakes from the Japanese bar adjacent to where we were sitting.
After more mooching around the stalls we finally headed off back home this time through Castle Meadows which had been turned into a huge car park for the event. My heart soared at the sight of the Blorenge behind me as we stopped off at the Bridge Inn for a last refreshing drink in their beer garden before finally making it home. One year on from our move I think we’ve cracked it!