Despite the Great British weather’s most adamant (and wet!) protestations, it actually is the summer which means that it’s festival season…
We were delighted to spend the first 9 days of the schools’ summer holidays enjoying the wonderful range of music acts at Monmouth Festival. Almost every night, we found ourselves singing along to the music from the main stage. We were so impressed by 4th Street that we streamed their album the whole way home – give them a listen, you won’t regret it.
This was our longest and biggest event to date and it was an absolute pleasure to build up a collection of ‘regulars’ across the week – thank you to those of you that chose to dine with us most nights. It was always a joy for us to see your smiling faces approaching each night.
Our immediate neighbours for the week kept us laughing and well fed all week too – That (wonderful) Fish Guy did his usual magic with the ocean’s inhabitants and Whittingham Catering were always on hand with some fab noodles and sauces. Special mention as well to Geoff of MJ’s Fresh Food Bar who was a little further down the line serving up some of the nicest crepes we’ve had the pleasure of sampling… Geoff opened his cafe in June, and he’s already making waves (and pizzas, juices and smoothies) in the town centre – make sure you call in next time you’re there.
The warm welcome we’ve always received in Monmouth was present throughout the festival and we hope to return to the town again soon.
Onwards with the rest of the summer though, and we have a few more festivals ahead … On the 6th and 7th of August, it’s all about The Big Welsh Bite in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd.
We visited this event in 2015 as we were preparing to launch Bwydiful and had a fab day, which included sampling loads of good food…… all in the name of research you understand! As we left that day, we told ourselves that we had to be there, on the other side of the counter, in 2016 so we were over the moon when our application was accepted.
And, to round off the month, we’ll be at the HUB Festival in Cardiff City Centre.
With over 200 live acts, street performances, dancing, spoken word, an actual art gallery and so much more, this is definitely one not to be missed.