THOUSANDS of people came to Wrexham town centre this weekend to sample a wide array of food and drink at the return of a popular festival.

The annual Wrexham Food Festival took place over the weekend (September 7 and 8) and took over the large Llwyn Isaf field outside Wrexham Council’s Guildhall building.

The event was officially opened by local Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths - the Welsh Government Minister for environment, energy and rural affairs – by cutting the marquee ribbon.

She told the Leader how this kind of event was a brilliant thing at showcasing what North Wales has to offer when it comes to food and drink.

Lesley said: “Alex, Sam and the whole committee have done a brilliant job setting this up and I hope it is a really successful two days. As the Minister with responsibility in the Welsh Government for promoting Welsh food and drink, it’s great to be here in my hometown.

“There are so many local producers, not just from Wrexham but North East Wales. It is also good to see companies from right across Wales here too.

“The food and drink cluster of the Welsh Government really work hard to make sure that all our Welsh food and drink workers collaborate, they use each other’s ingredients and it is really good to see examples of that here.”

There were more than 80 stalls across the weekend with something for everybody – from sweet treats and savoury delights to various varieties of gin and even a stall with dogs in mind!

Outside the main marquee, more stalls were set up outdoors including a vegan food truck, woodfire pizzas, gin bars and more. Visitors could sit inside another marquee and watch local chefs take part in cooking demonstrations – with a different chef creating something different every hour of the day. Thankfully, the sun shone throughout the weekend making it a glorious day to enjoy the tasty treats and delicious drinks outside.

Lindop Toyota were at the festival this year helping to raise money for Nightingale House Hospice with raffle tickets that gave people the chance to win a food hamper containing lots of treats that were on offer in the main marquee.

Live entertainment took place throughout the afternoon and into the night, finishing off with a major display of fireworks.

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