A STELLAR cast of celebrity chefs sprinkled showbiz stardust on a top food festival which ended with a spectacularly tasty celebration for the organiser. Š
Thousands of foodies flocked to the 11th annual Llangollen Food and Drink Festival and declared it the best yet.
The festival was organised by David Green whose company, Xuberance Events, took it over from the rural development agency, Cadwyn Clwyd.
David said: “I’m extremely grateful to Cadwyn Clwyd for turning this event into one of the most popular food festivals in the UK.
“My mission is to build on their success and take it forward so we can continue to provide a first class shop window for the wonderful food producers we have in the area.
“All the exhibitors have been saying it’s been the busiest festival and we had people queuing to get into the kitchen demonstration area.”
One of the stars of the festival was cake maker Mich Turner whose Little Venice Cake Company regularly features in glossy society magazines.
Before she left Llangollen, Mich gave David one of the stunning cakes from her demonstration and a bottle of champagne to show her appreciation of a “brilliant” event.
David said: “You could have knocked me down with a feather – this fabulous chocolate cake would have cost me £5,000 if I’d wanted to buy it.
“She told me to sit down at the end of the festival and enjoy the cake and champagne because we’d done such a sterling job. It was a really lovely and extremely generous gesture.”
Another big attraction was top chef Theo Randall, who sets female pulses racing on programmes like BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and UKTV’s Market Kitchen.
Wales’ top TV chef Dudley Newberry made an impassioned plea to people to buy local food and promoted his new S4C series, Casa Dudley.