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Glorious weather, delicious food and drink and live entertainment was once again on the menu at the Council’s Big Welsh Bite event this weekend, with an incredible 20,000 people visiting Pontypridd.

People from all over South Wales travelled to Rhondda Cynon Taf to enjoy the food and drink festival, sampling some of the finest local produce, as well as arena shows including racing llamas, free-running and BMX, plus live cookery demonstrations from Geoff Tookey and Great British Bake Off’s Jon Jenkins.

From foot-long chicken skewers and flavoured gins, to divine doughnut and vegan delights, there really was something for everyone.

For the first time in the event’s history, there was also a pop-up beer garden from Big Welsh Bite sponsors, Llantrisant-based Glamorgan Brewing Company, where people could enjoy a cold pint of their famous beers, ciders and ales, while listening to live music from local performers.

As well as celebrating food, drink and entertainment, the Big Welsh Bite was also pleased to host representatives from a range of organisations and charities that support those living in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

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The Big Welsh Bite in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park is one of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s flagship attractions in its exceptional events calendar, and has for the second year running attracted a record 20,000 visitors over the two days.

Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Council Business, said: “We look forward to the Big Welsh Bite every year, and 2019 didn’t disappoint. The weather was fantastic, and Ynysangharad War Memorial Park was looking as beautiful as ever as it hosted the flagship event.

“Every effort was made to put on an event for all ages and interests – there was llama racing, duck driving, parkour, BMX stunts and street dancing in the main arena, which was enjoyed by all ages and the farm animals were also a huge hit with families.

“The bar and beer garden was a first for the Big Welsh Bite, but was certainly popular, and our thanks go to event sponsor Glamorgan Brewing Company for their support this year, and also to the performers who entertained visitors on both days.

“Most importantly, the Big Welsh Bite is about showcasing local food and drink, allowing people to experience all that we, here in Rhondda Cynon Taf have on offer.”

Richard Anstee, Managing Director of Glamorgan Brewing Company, said: “We’re a Llantrisant-based company brewing beers inspired by the people and places around us.

“It was important for us to show our support to the Big Welsh Bite as it a celebration of all of the things we love about Rhondda Cynon Taf and Wales – great food and drink, an inimitable sense of community and fun and a passion for all the good things we have locally.

“The bar and beer garden was a first for us and it was great to see people enjoy our beers & cider. Thanks to those who showed their support and the performers for keeping everyone entertained.” 

The Big Welsh Bite is set to return to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd on 1st & 2nd August 2020.

In the meantime, please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson or follow What’s On RCT on twitter and facebook for news of upcoming events, including Ponty’s Big Weekend with Ocean Colour Scene, The Bluetones, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, The Pitchforks, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and more, the Festival of Remembrance, Remembrance Day, Christmas celebrations, Nos Galan and lots more.

Posted on Thursday 8th August 2019

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