Abergavenny Christmas Food Fayre

Today we went to visit Abergavenny a small market town in South Wales.
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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.

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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.

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The food was not cheap but so yummy , fresh and unusual we were tempted by several of the stalls.
So cheese was prominently featured.

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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.
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Going against the flow we chose the modern variety and bought a hefty chunk for Christmas.

There were several micro breweries .

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Lots of local brewed beers.

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As well as the Sugar Loaf winery there were wines fro Hay and the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Sadly I still prefer the French wines , especially of course the Provence Rose.
Some ventured into chocolate wine.

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Gin was available in every flavour.

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Apples provided cider and honey offered mead.

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Local farmers offers sausages and game.

IMG_2129.JPGboneless partridge inside a three bird roast.

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Chocolate treats , cakes

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There was a rolling programme of cookery demonstrations.

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Even a traditional French Onion man with his bicycle.

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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.

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Wigs may not be in fashion but the town has one of the most impressive hat shops I have ever seen.

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If you have a wedding ,or Ladies Day at Chepstow head for 13 Cross Street, and chat to Alison Tod.

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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.

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