Wrexham to host food festival with a difference
A FOOD festival with a difference is set to come to Wrexham in September.
The team behind Wrexham Feast say they plan to take things back to basics at the town’s new look annual food festival later this year.
Cooking on a budget and using good local ingredients prepared by local chefs will all be on the menu when the event comes to Llwyn Isaf on September 25 and 26.
Wrexham Feast is the brainchild of Sam Harris and Joss Prince, whose social enterprise – Fair Event Management – is based at Wrexham Enterprise Hub.
Sam and Joss were due to stage the first Wrexham Feast event last year but it couldn’t go ahead in the end due to Covid.
They are now looking forward to bringing it to the town later this year.
Wrexham Feast will involve a mixture of live food demos and food and drink stalls, along with a ‘pub garden’ area and live music from local bands until 9pm.
Sam said: “We’re turning the food festival on its head and we aim to create a foodie frenzy in the centre of Wrexham.
“We aim to move away from the celebrity chef kind of event and to work with a number of local chefs and local ingredients.
“We want to support small businesses and also to give people the confidence to cook healthy and wholesome meals using basic ingredients rather than fancy food.
“We are going to get local chefs to come in and produce meals which are easily replicable for people to make at home.
“Everyone has suffered for so long now due to the pandemic. We want it to be a weekend where you can come out as a family and enjoy entertainment, a fairground, a market, street food and chef demos.
“We understand that people have struggled over the past 18 months and this is about making the most of the food that people have got to hand.”
Joss added: “We’re working alongside local chef Matt Scard-Jones from The Hare in Farndon and he’s really keen to bring it back to basics so it’s relatable for people, as well as doing food that is more elaborate.
“It could be something as simple as cooking a chicken and then ideas for what to do with leftovers.
“Some recipes have ingredients that you just can’t get hold of in the area.
“It’s nice to have something different here in Wrexham.”
Sam and Joss both have extensive experience of working in the events industry, having organised a popular online market in the run up to Christmas 2020, which featured around 150 independent traders.
Their future plans also involve producing a number of cooking demo videos featuring local chefs for their website – https://wrexhamfeast.com/.
And they plan to create further events for the town, including a three day Christmas extravaganza on Queens Square.
Any local traders – either food or non-food related – who want to get involved in Wrexham Feast are asked to contact Sam and Joss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Wrexham Feast, keep an eye on the new website, which is set to launch around mid August. The website can be found at https://wrexhamfeast.com/.