One of the biggest events of the year organised by Newport City Council will be taking place on Saturday, 5 October.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Newport Food Festival which has so far attracted more than 70 drink and food producers.

Stalls will be set up along the High Street, Bridge Street and in Westgate Square in the city centre.

The free event, which is hosted by the council with support from Friars Walk, Pobl and Newport BID, will also include street entertainers and cookery demonstrations.

One of the highlights will be appearances from top local and national chefs including one from the Dirty Sanchez TV chef Matthew Pritchard, who hosts the BBC’s vegan cookery show Dirty Vegan, who has been brought in by Friars Walk.

A programme of chef demonstrations will also take place in the Festival Kitchens - located in Newport Market and in the reception area of the Pobl Group offices at the top of High Street. 

Local chefs including Hwyel Jones, patron of Newport Food Festival, Anil Karhadkhar from Curry on the Curve and Ben Periam from The Pod will all be showcasing their skills for people to taste and try their hand at the recipes at home.

The exciting final of the annual Teen Chef competition for local youngsters keen to show off their skills is also being served up on the menu at 11am on the day of the festival.

Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “We are delighted to once again host our popular Newport Food Festival in the city centre along with our supporters.

“I am sure we will be welcoming thousands of residents and visitors to our free event.

“Let’s hope the weather is kind to us. I look forward to seeing you there.”