Return of the GPG Penarth Local Food Festival
Sunday, 17th September saw the return of the GPG Penarth Local Food Festival to the Kymim on Beach Road following a break last year. First held in 2011, the annual event had become a popular and much anticipated fixture on the town’s calendar. The festival is organised by Gwyrddio Penarth Greening (GPG) and aims to highlight the vast range of quality independent food producers and businesses in the area and provides a unique showcase for the very best of local produce.
From the opening of the festival at 11.00am the site was filled with crowds of Penarth locals and visitors keen to sample the wide array of treats on offer. The crowds were spoilt for choice by the mouth-watering range of hot and cold foods on display from the various local businesses.
A variety of lunchtime options were on offer from local restaurants Crepe Escape, the Fig Tree, Restaurant James Sommerin and more, with vegetarians well catered for by Parsnipship and ‘Hand baked by Mally Hann’. The festival also provided an ideal opportunity for visitors to stock up on locally produced cheeses, breads, cakes, ciders and more. Penarth based company, ‘A bit of a pickle’ offered a range of chutneys and pickles made from local produce, a good accompaniment to the many cheeses on offer from Glebe Street’s Fauvette.
Local greengrocers, The Windsor Fruit Stores provided an eye catching display of fresh local produce.. Owner Patricia Lenthall said ‘The festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the many independent businesses in our town and we are proud to be part of the Penarth family.’
Children were well catered for with a range of activities in the kid’s craft tent and the return of the always popular Eggseeds stand where children of all ages could interact with the chickens. Many visitors commented favourably on the family friendly nature of the event.
GPG were delighted with the day’s success. ‘The festival is a real celebration of community and local food’ said organiser Anthony Slaughter,‘The crowds at this year’s event show a strong public appetite for the local and sustainable and we look forward to continuing with the event in future years.’
The organisers would like to thank the hard working GPG volunteers who helped make the day run so smoothly, the staff at the Kymin whose support was invaluable, the traders with their tasty offerings and also the many visitors who helped make the day so enjoyable.
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