THOUSANDS of people flocked to Wrexham to sample the array of tasty treats on offer at the town's new look food festival.

Wrexham Feast took place on Llwyn Isaf in the town and was hailed a resounding success, with many people coming along to enjoy the autumn sunshine and the atmosphere.

Activities and entertainment included live music, cooking demos from chefs, axe throwing and an artisan food market and beer garden.

The event was the brainchild of Sam Harris and Joss Prince, who run the social enterprise Fair Event Management, based at Wrexham Enterprise Hub.

Sam and Joss were due to stage the first Wrexham Feast event last year but it couldn't go ahead in the end due to Covid.

Now they are celebrating after more than 5000 people attended this new look food and drink festival for Wrexham.

Sam said that they had donated hundreds of free tickets to families across Wrexham via schools, support networks and local charities including Refugee Kindness - North Wales.

Chefs doing live cooking demos at the event included Matt Scard-Jones, head chef at The Hare in Farndon and Apra Ames Roberts from Happy Hedgehog Foods.

Bands and singers performing live included Rebecca Royal, Matthew Carroll, The Cheesecutters, The Usual Suspects and Stayin Alive.

North Wales Police and Blood Bikes Wales also attended the event and entertainment included fire juggling unicyclist Jamie Waudby.

Sam said that she and Joss were are already planning their next event - a Christmas festival set to take place in Wrexham from December 3-5.

Sam said: "We'd like to thank everyone for coming and supporting us in our first event after two years of not being there. We are incredibly grateful for the support from the community and from businesses.

"We had an artisan market marquee which compiled of 34 small businesses, producers and crafters inside with a further 20 food and drink exhibitors outside.

"The event lit up at night with festoon lights for that summer festival vibe we really concentrated on the family friendly aspect which brought a great atmosphere to the site.

"It was really nice to see so many people coming together laughing, smiling, dancing to the music and genuinely enjoying themselves all day and into the evening.

"People were eating, drinking, shopping and genuinely having a great time. So many people came to us after the event to stay thank you and how much they enjoyed the event. It was great to have some amazing food from all over coming to Wrexham for the first time."

Sam added: "We wanted to provide a family festival, showcasing small businesses, local chefs and fantastic food and drink with live entertainment suitable for the whole family throughout the day. I really feel we achieved all our goals. The sun shined on us all weekend and everyone enjoyed themselves.

"We are now planning for our Christmas event where we will be coming back to Wrexham town centre from December 3-5 to bring a great Christmas-based festival.

"Planning for Wrexham Feast 2022 has also already started and after the success of the event rebrand we know we have a great start to put Wrexham on the map for a fantastic family friendly food based event."