Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival ‘Springs’ Forward With New Date For 2015

20 Feb

Many of you will be disappointed, Ian and I included, to find out that  the Cowbridge Food & Drink festival will not be running this year. Follows is the full press release:

Having celebrated its tenth anniversary last October, the award-winning Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival has grown to become one of the most popular events of its kind in Wales.

Thousands flock to the market town each year to sample the high quality artisan produce available, with only one factor ever putting a dampener on proceedings – and even larger attendance figures – the often inclement October weather.

For this reason – and in order to ensure the future growth of this annual showcase – the organising committee has taken the decision that future festivals will take place in May rather than October as previously.

The next festival is planned for May 2015 and will be hosted annually in the month of May from then on, taking advantage of a spring climate with the aim of attracting even more sponsors and visitors to the event.

Run by a volunteer committee, the Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival costs over £60,000 each year to set up and run, with 2013 incurring a substantial loss – attributed in a large way to the poor weather conditions. Festival expenses typically involve radio, newspaper advertising and PR; marquees, logistics and site management as well as the provision of the free park and ride, additional public toilet facilities, insurance and Festival entertainment all of which have to be paid for out of the proceeds received over the weekend of the Festival.

Speaking about the committee’s decision, John Davies, Festival Chairman said:

“We’ve enjoyed a hugely successful ten years of the Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival but we have come to realise that certain conditions are preventing us growing even further and attracting a wider audience to enjoy this fantastic weekend of food and family fun.

“In moving the date to May, we hope to attract new sponsorship and interest in the festival in 2015 and even more support from the local community and town’s traders who we rely on to work so closely with us.

“We see this change as a very positive thing and a real opportunity to revitalise the festival, drawing even more visitors to Cowbridge and generating higher income and economic growth for the region in the process.”

As many readers of welshfoodbites will know, I’m a huge fan of this festival; the only thing I could blame them for was not always ordering sufficient warm and sunny weather for the end of October! With the weather in mind, I’m sure the change of date is the right move for them; Welsh food and drink is vital to Wales but I just hope that the food festival calendar doesn’t get too busy in May. However it’s not just food producers that will be counting the cost the cost of the loss of this festival this year, there’s no doubt that beautiful market town of Cowbridge will also miss the influx of visitors that this super festival always brings in.


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  1. trader

    February 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I agree with K. this is a great festival and it’s one that makes us money. I heard this morning that it wasn’t running this year and I’m more than miffed.
    If others drop out this year it should give wag a headache, but sure it wont.

  2. producer

    February 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

    What a blow.
    I have been for last few years and loved it apart from the weather .
    Pity wag couldn’t give some help to ensure this event went ahead with a new date.
    The Minister went last year on the Saturday not that he spoke to me.

  3. Polly Wilson

    March 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Sorry that people are upset. The new date is set for 24th and 25th May 2015 which we know clashes with some but every date did and we had other considerations too I’m afraid. We hope lots of old and new faces will be able to make it though.
    As for WG, unfortunately no funding could have made it happen this year as the new date of May would just have been too rushed.
    Thanks for everyone’s support in this big change though.
    Polly (Event Organiser CFDF)

  4. Marietta Fourie-Owen

    November 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Please put me on the mailing list as a trader for future events

  5. Parrot

    November 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I don’t organise tradestands for Cowbridge – this site is a Welsh food blog
    However I have passed your email through to Polly who is the trade stand organiser

  6. Andrew Watson

    December 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I am interested in running a BBQ food stall, please could you let me know details

  7. Parrot

    December 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Not sure why you would think I have anything to do with trade stands at Cowbridge – all you have read is a report after my visit in 2013. Polly the organiser was mentioned in my report
    I’ve passed your email onto her but still puzzled as to why you’d ask me about Cowbridge stands!