A wild weekend in St Davids
3:20pm Friday 29th August 2008 in News
St Davids is going wild again this weekend as the Really Wild Food and Countryside Festival returns for a fourth year.
Food and countryside crafts will be celebrated by hundreds of visitors and more than 70 exhibitors alike, including fungi experts, herbalists and producers of delicacies made with wild ingredients.
The festival is not just for dedicated foodies but appeals to countryside enthusiasts and those who fancy trying out a traditional skill.
The festival also has a whole host of activities for children, including story-telling, bush craft and new this year — ferret racing.
Festival organiser, Julia Horton-Powdrill is convinced that all ages will be entertained at what is to be the biggest-ever Really Wild Festival. She said: “As well as the many produce stands, and plenty of events to entertain mum and dad, there is loads for kids.”
Gaynor Howells will be there teaching children how to make small gifts with leather and Shelly Morris will show them how to make felt.
“For the more energetic there is a wellie-wanging competition for adults and kids, or you can have a go on the Smoothie Bike where you have to pedal industriously to create the energy to make the smoothie of your choice , or you can learn orienteering with Colin Porter, of Walka-Longway.
“And for the more daring, Sarah Beynon, will showcase live beetles and show how to encourage these useful insects to your garden.
“She will have some tasty insect snacks to try,” added Mrs Horton-Powdrill.
Also confirmed for the Festival is Mike Smylie, a recipient of the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming food campaigner/educator award, he will be at the festival with his interactive Kipperland, extolling the wonders of herrings and kippers and actually smoking the kippers during the day. You’ll be able to watch the herring become kippers in front of your eyes.
Meurig Rees, of BASC Wales, and Pembrokeshire Wildfowler’s Club are putting on a gundog display to demonstrate the art of decoying and calling wild ducks, geese and pigeon. They will also be supplying produce for the chefs who will be demonstrating throughout the two days of the festival.
Heather Gorringe, founder of Wiggly Wigglers is going to be running a series of composting masterclasses throughout the festival, and anyone who thinks composting is dull, should see Heather’s approach.
And keep your eyes peeled for the FruitnVegetorium, the world’s first and only museum dedicated to the celebration of fruit and vegetables. Its curators, Beetie Brassica and Pomona O’Calabrese, will seek out your facts and opinions on fruit and veg, as well as sharing some live on-board specimens.
Mrs Horton-Powdrill is excited about this year’s bigger and improved festival.
“This is going to be the biggest festival so far with a full range of interactive activities and demonstrations for the whole family, plus a great range of really wild foods to taste and buy,” she said.
The festival takes place opposite St Davids Rugby Club and is open from 10am to 5pm.
Free parking is available and most exhibitors will be under cover.
For more details visit www.really wildfestival.co.uk.