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Chillax! St Fagans Food Festival returns...with new wellness area!

Visitors to St Fagans Food Festival can take time out for some well needed relaxation at this year’s festival with a new wellness area on site. As well as tasting the finest Welsh foods and drinks in the unique open-air setting, visitors can enjoy yoga sessions, aromatherapy and find out more about nutrition in sessions in the new main entrance building. The food festival takes place at St Fagans National History Museum over the weekend of 9  & 10 September 2017, 10am-5pm and entry is free.

Why not dip into some aromatherapy & foraging? Join Adele Nozedar, the Hedgerow Guru, to find out more about the healing power of plants, or take a foraging tour to hunt for edible plants in the hedgerows.  Always fancied having a go at yoga? Why not try one of our special half hour taster sessions - complete beginners welcome. There's a couple of longer sessions on Saturday afternoon too for keen yogis! We are what we eat - join nutritionists Joanne Crovini and Cadi Fôn for advice on improving your health through diet and there will be top tips on healthy eating for the little ones. 


Visitors to St Fagans Food Festival can taste and buy produce from more than 80 stalls nestling amongst the Museum’s re-constructed buildings, buy bread and cakes baked in the Museum’s own bakehouse and try home-made pork sausages made with meat from animals reared at the Museum.


From traditional Welsh fare to cutting edge cuisine, here are a few of the stalls that will be here to tempt you with their tasty treats:


The Blaenafon Cheddar Company, Celtic Country Wines, The Chocolate Brownie Company, Cwm Rhondda Ales, Daisy Graze, Delicia Cakes & Teas, Eccentric Gin, El Chilango Cocina Mexicana, Glam Lamb, Graffeg, Hallets Cider, Leaf and Petal, Morgans Family Butcher, The Pear Tree Deli,  Pettigrew Bakeries, Riverford Home Delivery, Science Cream, Shellys - The Welsh Shortbread Company, The Spanish Buffet, Tomos a Lilford, Williams Brothers Cider.


As well as whetting the appetite, there will be plenty of family friendly demonstrations and activities to feed the mind. The Oakdale Institute is celebrating its 100th birthday over the weekend - find out more about one of St Fagans favourite buildings.


Pop in to Kennixton Barn to and check out the array of apples on display. Local family butcher John Hughes will be demonstrating the craft of butchery or have a Go at Milking the Model Cows or try your hand at fly fishing on the Castle lakes with World Champion Hywel Morgan?


St Fagans bread is legendary. Call by Derwen Bakehouse to find out how it’s made. Drop in to Gwalia Stores see what would be in a 1920’s shopping bag and how much would it cost?


Rhodd Hughes, Events Officer for St Fagans National History Museum, said, “We wanted to offer our visitors something a little different this year and our new wellness area is dedicated to chillaxing over weekend. The new activities on offer are an opportunity for people to take time out and relax.


“We still have a huge amount of food stalls, producers and fantastic events and activities for all the family as well as the opportunity to enjoy our historical buildings and gardens and also enjoying traditional crafts and activities. It’s a fantastic day out for everyone.”


Please go to the website to see the full programme.


Work continues at St Fagans National History Museum as the site undergoes the biggest redevelopment project in the history of the Museum.  This has been made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Welsh Government and other supporters. St Fagans was awarded the largest grant ever given by the HLF in Wales in 2012 to help tell the stories of life in Wales over 200,000 years and more.


Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven museums across Wales including St Fagans National History Museum, National Museum Cardiff, the National Roman Legion Museum, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, the National Wool Museum, the National Slate Museum and the National Waterfront Museum.


Entry to all seven national museums is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Government.