Newport was a hive of activity on Saturday as the Newport Food & Drink Festival, sponsored by Tiny Rebel, took over the High Street.
Thousands of visitors revelled in the opportunity to try a wide selection of produce. From early in the day there was a steady flow of visitors exploring stalls, enjoying street entertainment and spending money.
Brownies were a favourite at this year’s festival with a range of stalls offering distinct and creative flavours. Notable offerings included unicorn brownies and chocolate orange. Rocky road and giant iced doughnuts also proved a popular choice with visitors.
Throughout the day many exhibitors offered visitors free tasters of delicious produce from truffle and chocolate, to sauces and lemon curd. Tiny Rebel themselves were offering tasters of drinks from their brewery, which were all received well by visitors.
A full programme of chef demonstrations drew crowds into Newport Market, where local artists and crafters sold their amazing creations. Since the moving of bus services, the Market has seen a reduced footfall so it was positive to see the area busy and full of customers. Hopefully the long-term tenants at the market saw a positive impact from the day.
A highlight from the live demonstrations was the Teen Chef Competition finals which started proceedings in the Newport Now Zone. Young people were given 45 minutes to create a dish ready to be judged.
For another year the Newport Food & Drink Festival was a great success and I hope it continues to grow in the future. Newport has enjoyed some fantastic events and entertainment during 2017 which all bring a boost to the city.