Tuesday 15 January 2013
The Really Wild Festival has recently announced that it has teamed up with Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, to hold their 9th event in the mediaeval St Davids Bishop’s Palace. There is a new date too, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.
‘I am so excited about the new venue,’ said Julia Horton-Powdrill, the founder and organiser of the festival. ‘It is the most beautiful and fascinating location, and sits in a spectacular setting next to St Davids Cathedral. I believe that it is the first Cadw site to host a food festival and they are looking forward to it as much as we are.’
The festival programme will continue in much the same way as it always has, celebrating food and crafts that originate from the wild. The focus will remain on locally produced foods and drinks and wonderful Welsh products. Chefs will use ingredients from the wild in a rolling programme of demonstrations throughout the weekend and visitors can feast on delicious snacks and meals cooked up right in front of them in this historic setting.
‘It is a wild and whacky festival which remains unique in the fact that it was born out of rural traditions and products, and foraging for wild foods which are available to us all. There will be walks and talks and workshops for all ages, and other whacky events too, like ferret-racing and wellie wanging, two of the old favourites, but plenty of new ones as well.’
St Davids Cathedral will at the same time be hosting a feast of classical and contemporary music concerts under the artistic direction of Daniel Cook, the Organist and Master of the Choristers. For the past 35 years the Cathedral Festival, which runs from May 24th to June 2nd has been responsible for bringing classical music to the most westerly part of Wales.
‘We are working together on some ideas to link the two festivals,’ continued Julia ‘it is such a brilliant opportunity to offer a weekend of diverse entertainment and there will be something for everybody who visits St Davids at that time.’
Amanda Canby-Lewis, Cadw’s Lead Custodian at St Davids Bishop’s Palace added: ‘We’re delighted to be involved with this unique and exciting event for the first time this year, which will offer visitors and the local community a true taste of Wales.
We’re looking forward to helping with the arrangements and hope our partnership with The Really Wild Festival continues for years to come.’