The picturesque town where Wales meets the world will be the culinary capital of the UK for a whole weekend. There to greet them at Hamper Llangollen 2012 on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, will be a  trio of top chefs who have signed up as the stars of the popular food festival.

Organisers are confident the event at the home of the International Musical Eisteddfod is on course to be bigger and better this year. Graham Tinsley, the star of ITV’s Taste the Nation and a former captain of the Welsh Culinary Team, will be joined in the show kitchen by S4C favourite Dudley Newberry. Completing the hat-trick will be the ever popular Dai Chef, who is returning to the event after an absence of several years.

One of the main driving forces behind the reborn festival is businessman Colin Loughlin, Chair of the local committee that runs the event, supported by the rural development agency, Cadwyn Clwyd, Mr Loughlin said: “We have a wonderful array of fantastic food producers clustered in the area and the festival is the perfect shop window for them. A food festival is so much better and more interesting than going to the supermarket because here you can sample the food and talk to the producers.”

Cadwyn Clwyd’s contribution came via the Rural Development Fund for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government. Robert Price, Cadwyn Clwyd’s agri-food project officer, said:

“The location of the Pavilion is absolutely  spectacular – I can’t imagine that any other food festival in the UK has a more beautiful setting.”

Hamper Llangollen 2012

  • Venue: The Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen
  • Dates: Saturday October 20, Sunday October 21
  • Times: 10am to 5pm both days
  • Entry fee: £5, under 16s free
  • Parking: On-site and nearby car parks
  • Tickets available on the door