Today we went to visit Abergavenny a small market town in South Wales.
In the past this town had a lively livestock market each week.Though the animals have gone ,the town now has a selection of markets on offer, a craft market,an antique market, a farmers market and this week a Christmas food market.
There were a few grumbles about the £5 entrance fee, but we took it as a donation to keep these lively markets going.
There was a programme of music to keep us entertained.
The food was not cheap but so yummy , fresh and unusual we were tempted by several of the stalls.
So cheese was prominently featured.
One stall had a competition between two Stiltons.
Stichelton made to an older recipe with unpasteurised milk, the other. Colston Bassett Stilton made since 1920 with pasteurised milk and vegetable rennet.
Going against the flow we chose the modern variety and bought a hefty chunk for Christmas.
There were several micro breweries .
Lots of local brewed beers.
As well as the Sugar Loaf winery there were wines fro Hay and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Sadly I still prefer the French wines , especially of course the Provence Rose.
Some ventured into chocolate wine.
Gin was available in every flavour.
Apples provided cider and honey offered mead.
Local farmers offers sausages and game.
boneless partridge inside a three bird roast.
Chocolate treats , cakes
There was a rolling programme of cookery demonstrations.
Even a traditional French Onion man with his bicycle.
Well fed , hog roast was very popular we staggered out laden with goodies.
For anyone not familiar with Abergavenny I add a postscript .years ago the town had a traditional industry.
Wigs may not be in fashion but the town has one of the most impressive hat shops I have ever seen.
If you have a wedding ,or Ladies Day at Chepstow head for 13 Cross Street, and chat to Alison Tod.
Hats to match ANY colour outfit. If you have no date in mind go for the top UK venue for afternoon tea.This is an experience that deserves your best hat.