2nd GPG Penarth Local Food Festival Another Fantastic Success
‘Another fantastic Food festival success ‘
The second GPG Penarth Local Food festival was another resounding success. The festival, organised by local environmental group Gwyrddio Penarth Greening (GPG), took place last Sunday, July 15th, in the Kymin House and grounds on a rare fine summer’s day.
The event proved even more popular than the previous year’s with cheerful, bustling crowds in attendance throughout the day enjoying the mouth watering selection of treats and snacks on offer. Visitors were spoilt for choice with a variety of hot food on offer ranging from Hamptons’ delicious felafels, a fish grill from the Fig Tree and the ever popular Glam Lamb Burgers. Locally produced sausages and bacon were also on offer from Old Cogan Hall Farm.
Other treats on offer included deli favourites from Foxy’s Deli, vegetarian meals from The Parsnipship and a host of stalls offering locally produced cakes, honey, breads and much more. Arth Wines’ stall generated a great deal of interest with its display of organic and bio-dynamic wines. Pedal Cafe’s pedal powered smoothie maker again proved popular with both children and adults.
Additions to this year’s event included a yurt, kindly provided by Pop-Up-Event, which provided a wonderful craft and activity centre for children and a selection of acoustic musical performances that added to the carnival atmosphere.
The festival also provided GPG with an opportunity to showcase its various projects and activities with a variety of displays inside the Kymin. These included the Community Orchard and the Harvest Penarth scheme. The ‘Shop in Penarth’ loyalty card scheme, a key GPG project, was well represented with a stand where Sylvia and Cheryl from Image Boutique spent the day promoting and explaining the scheme and selling well over a hundred of the ‘Shop in Penarth’ cards.
GPG were thrilled with the turnout and the level of interest generated by the event. ‘The day was everything we hoped for and more’ said GPG Chair Anthony Slaughter,’ it was
wonderful to see so many people enjoying a genuine community event and a great celebration of local food.’
Traders were also delighted with the turnout with many selling out completely. Peter Knowles of Hamptons said ‘We were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers this year. It appeared that the whole of Penarth had turned out to enjoy and support this fantastic event. In only two years the Penarth Food Festival has become one of the most important dates in the town’s calendar and its success is wholly due to the exceptional work of GPG.’
The organisers would like to thank Travellers in Mind for once again providing an excellent cafe, the hard working members and friends of GPG who helped make the day run so smoothly and the staff at the Kymin whose support was invaluable and also all the visitors who helped make the day so enjoyable. In addition they would like to thank the traders of Penarth who supplied a number of very desirable raffle prizes and the Vale of Glamorgan for part funding towards publicity costs.
More information on GPG and the Food Festival, including a full list of stall holders is available at www.gpgpenarth.org.uk