Is There to Be Food Festival Funding Next Year?

12 Sep

A food producer called in on Monday asking if we knew that Welsh food festivals weren’t being funded next year.

Well of course I hadn’t been told that. If I’d have heard officially, meaning from wag food, I would first have emailed it around our Best Of Welsh & Borders producers and then I would have posted it on

So I contacted the wag press office as I’ve been instructed to do and asked them. Their reply is as follows:

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Any such rumours are  completely untrue as no decision has yet been taken on funding for food festivals in 2014/15.”

So in true journalistic fashion, reading between the lines, I understand their response to mean, wag food have not decided officially yet, but it could well be true.

If producers need more uncertainty in their lives they can usually rely on wag food to provide it.



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  1. organiser

    September 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Do we really need any more worry and unrest?
    How unfair and thoughtless that wag food can’t be honest with us all in this industry.
    We need to know NOW what is happening next year
    We need to know NOW what pointless criteria wag might use
    We need to know NOW where we stand so we can decide if we are going ahead next year or not
    Kath you have dragged up so much detail that we know nothing about but we should have. It’s not your job or duty to do all this work and sleuthing on our behalf it really isn’t
    wag should be ashamed of how the food department is run but be sure you could never run a business in this way

  2. Benji7???

    September 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    It’s not my job and it isn’t my duty you are quite correct, but someone has to try and get wag to listen and change things that are wrong year after year.
    I want wag food to work with us and that would benefit food producers and make their life easier in so many ways but how we achieve that now I really don’t know
    it is not the first time it’s been said that you can’t run a business like they run their department and I’m sure it will not be the last.
    I wish we could have a clean slate and start off with wag working out we are pro a better food industry but how we kick that off goodness knows, it’s a long time coming … but the ball is in their court

  3. cup cake

    September 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Why can’t the food department understand that organisers need to know now what is happening. Have they got funding or not? Us food producers also need to know now what the plan is for next year. Festivals are important to our businesses and it’s shocking that they can’t grasp that we need this information now. Is it too difficult for them to grasp that basic problem?
    Serious changes need to be made. We don’t believe the government spin that food is important to them because from our side they just don’t show it.
    Thanks for getting this news to us but as has been said it’s not your job.

  4. Cheese man

    September 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

    If you were dealing with a business rather than a government that WE pay for, you’d have made much more progress and we’d all have reaped the rewards from your hard work.
    As it is, we have much of the same food department but despite a new head of food, but as things stand nothing has changed, nothing has improved for food producers. You are always saying this department is for producers but we all know it hasn’t got us first. In theory wag food do work for us, but in practice they look after themselves and a few select food producers whose faces fit.