Food and fiction combined to provide a fantastic day for all the family in Fishguard this bank holiday weekend.

Locals and visitors participated in the inaugural Fishguard Fictional Food Festival, enjoying tasty treats in literature-themed venues throughout the twin towns.

A £3 ticket provided participants with entry to eight businesses in the town, all providing food and entertainment themed on a book.  Staff joined in the fun by decorating their windows and dressing up for the occasion.

No 14 Chocolate House was transformed into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, complete with its own Oompa Loompa. Visitors feasted on Wonka-esque chocolates, such as goats cheese and lemon, created especially for the occasion.

At the Royal Oak, Alice and the Mad Hatter hosted a splendid tea party and awarded a £10 book token for the guest with the maddest hat.

“We thoroughly enjoyed it,” said landlady Cathy Hansen. “It would be lovely to start doing something like this annually both for locals and visitors to the town.”

Other businesses involved included Creswell’s Cafe, who provided Breakfast at Tiffany’s; a Winnie the Pooh themed Gourmet Pig, the Ocean Lab, Nina’s sweetshop, Fishguard library  and Lowertown’s Cafe on the Quay who took guests to Neverland.

Fishguard Library also held a book sale to coincide with the event, organised by Tracey Johnson.

The money raised from the food festival has been collected by Fishguard and District Round Table and will go towards buying a specialised bike for a local girl.

“We have had very good feedback from people,” said Round Table chairman Robin Baker.
“It got people into local businesses and into the library. It was an excellent event.”