National Museum Wales to host its first virtual food festival

Live beer tasting, breadmaking, performances from Welsh bands, yoga and circus skills – just some of the exciting activities lined up for Amgueddfa Cymru’s first ever virtual food festival on 12th and 13th September.  

Due to the current restrictions around COVID-19, the St Fagans Food Festival which usually attracts 25,000 visitors over the weekend has been revamped and moved online.The digital festival will offer a programme packed with foodie activities for all ages including talks, tastings and cooking demonstrations across the Museum’s website (museum.wales) and social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Crowdcast. 

Join One Mile Bakery Cardiff for a live bake-along and learn the techniques needed to prepare and bake your own artisan loaf from the comfort of your own kitchen. Indulge in an energising session of yoga and cooking with actor, author and yoga teacher, Ceri Lloyd and learn more about Welsh beer in a live beer tasting session in partnership with Cywain. 

There will be activities for all the family on the Amgueddfa Cymru Digital Food Festival event on Facebook including circus skills, cooking demonstrations and storytelling for the little ones. Learn how to make a flower crown or create musical instruments from scrap packaging. Pick up some gardening tips for children to help foster the next generation of green fingered folk.  

Browse Welsh food and drink produce in the Facebook virtual marketplace and discover items you wouldn’t find on the high street. Virtual stallholders will include delicious gins fromAber Falls Distillery, wholesome treats from Good and Proper Brownies, tasty pastries from Ooh La La Patisserie and Samosaco, and lots more. Museum curators will be highlighting fascinating food-related objects from Amgueddfa Cymru’s collection during the weekend in a series of Twitter Takeovers. Topics will include Food in Art, and Ancient Feasting and Drinking in the Iron Age and Roman era. 

Join a panel session on Crowdcast and learn more about the Welsh street food scene, the future of food in Wales, and how to reduce food waste. There is also an opportunity to learn more about the iconic Vulcan Hotel that is being rebuilt at St Fagans National Museum of History in a talk by Curator of Historic Buildings, Dafydd Wiliam. 

Over on the Museum Instagram, there will be a chance to pick up some vegan tips, join a cooking demo or learn to make some cocktails inspired by the Museum’s collection. The Museum has partnered with BBC Horizons and Tafwyl again this year to bring exclusive music performances straight to audiences’ living rooms. Streamed Facebook performances will include sets from Welsh musicians Mared Williams, MRPHY, Eadyth, Juice Menace, Dionne Bennett, Otto and Mari Mathias and Yr Eira. 

Mared Maggs, Head of Events at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales said: “This will be our first ever virtual food festival – an opportunity to keep in touch with those who have attended the physical festival each year and to also reach out to new audiences across Wales.“St Fagans National Museum of History will be closed during the weekend and instead, everybody is encouraged to engage with the festival online, to enjoy and experience the food festival from their own homes.” The Amgueddfa Cymru food festival is the first event of a month of virtual and physically distanced events happening to celebrate good food in Cardiff, in collaboration with Food Cardiff.

It is a free event, with some paid ticketed experiences.  A full programme of activities is available on the Museum website.