Spicy ice cream and beer shampoo are among the more weird and wonderful products making their debut at this year’s Llangollen Food Festival.
The annual culinary spectacle is in its 14th year and has garnered a reputation for attracting exciting, independent producers from across England and Wales.
Among those will be Mon ar Lwy, an award-winning ice cream maker from Anglesey trialling Hellish Relish, an ice cream “sizzling” with spices and chilli.
And local brewers Llangollen Brewery will be selling soap and hair products with its Welsh Black ale a key ingredient!
Held over the weekend of October 15 and 16, few food feasts boast a more beautiful location and the tree- and heather-clad hills above the Vale of Llangollen will be ablaze with autumnal colour.
Centred on Llangollen’s Pavilion venue, home to the world-famous Musical Eisteddfod, the festival will star Welsh TV chef Dudley Newbery and Graham Tinsley from ITV’s “Taste the Nation” as they share simple home cooking through a series of workshops and demonstrations.
This year’s festival has a back-to-basics theme. Recognising the household spending squeeze, there will be a greater emphasis on grow-your-own ingredients and smarter shopping – how to buy from small, independent traders and save money.
A real ale trail will feature a courtesy shuttle bus linking the festival site with more than a dozen pubs in and around Llangollen.
While in town, stroll along the canal, ride the steam train to the beautiful riverside village of Parrog, or explore the remains of Dinas Bran castle and Valle Crucis abbey nearby.
Festival entry is £5 (under 16s enter free). For more information visit www.llangollenfoodfestival.com