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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Village and we love nothing more than giving our luxury lodge owners and friends an insight into life at our holiday resort on Anglesey. With our weekly blog, we like to update you on key topics that make us and our lodge owners tick. From things to do to the best restaurants to visit (including The Deck House, of course!) you’ll have plenty of reading material to help you plan your next Anglesey break.

We also post about upcoming events on site including everything from beauty events to annual parties, so if you want to keep ahead of the game and make sure you get tickets, keep checking back!

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With the glorious Welsh summertime comes a plethora of exciting food festivals here in North Wales. Whether you fancy indulging your sweet tooth in local honey, or are perhaps hankering to spend a weekend camping and tasting local craft ales, we’ve got the food festival for you in this very blog!

 

  1. The Beaumaris Food Festival

A classic that everyone loves on Anglesey, the Beaumaris Food Festival is back for 2017. Taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of September, there’ll be an array of exciting stalls that’ll leave you desperate to start munching!

Last year, a range of classic Anglesey businesses flocked to the event. Bucket loads of sumptuous fudge, delightful olives, tasty cheeses and fluffy scones are just a few of the key things that visitors enjoyed in 2016.

Although the 2017 stall guide is yet to be released, we can’t wait to see what comes up. If previous years are anything to judge by, it promises to be a fabulous weekend where you’ll be able to fill your boots with some of the tastiest foods on our island!

Image sourced from https://beaumarisfoodfestival.co.uk/en/gallery/

 

  1. Conwy Honey Fair

We know how important bees, and honey, are at the moment. As a species whose existence has been threatened, we’ve endeavoured to do our best to support the local honey bees here at Silver Bay. We a visit from some beekeepers over the May half-term, and they helped us to build homes for our fuzzy friends that will ensure they have a safe place to live and thrive.

It’s always good to know that these marvellous workers are being looked after, and heading down to the Conwy Honey Fair is a great place to be if you wish to sample the delights of all the tiny winged creatures have to offer.

The Conwy Honey Fair is one of the oldest food fairs located in North Wales, and, as you might have guessed from the name, the festival will be taking place in the beautiful Conwy. Of course, you can expect endless honey at the festival, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Lots of locally sourced crafts and products will also be on offer to purchase, making this festival a real delight.

Taking place in September 2017, the official dates are yet to be confirmed. Make sure you keep checking their website for more information.  

 

  1. Anglesey Beer Festival

Although not necessarily a food festival, the Anglesey Beer Festival is a must-do for those with a taste for great ale in the area! Again, this festival is taking place in September, and it’s spread across two delightful, beer-loving days!

You can even camp out, if you so wish, which will ensure you avoid the issue of who’s driving, and you’ll get the chance to experience lots of local craft beers that you’re sure to love. Because this event is all about raising money too, you’ll get to contribute to some incredibly worthy causes – everyone wins!

Finally, there are also local bands performing that will fill the atmosphere with excitement and life. It’s a lovely festival, perfect for adult groups, that will make you want to come back again next year. Keep an eye out for the official date announcement.

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  1. Anglesey Farmers Market

Finally, our last festival for you to enjoy is the Anglesey Farmers Market. The markets take place once every month on the third Saturday, and you can catch it on the 15th of July or the 19th of August.

Specialising in presenting the very best of the best in local Anglesey produce, the farmers market is always a delight to explore. Held in David Hughes School, Menai Bridge, there are lots of freshly baked goods, local produce, and even a range of fresh crab that’s caught along our very coast. Of course, there’s also tasty meats on offer including Guinea fowl and Welsh Black beef. In short, there’s so much on offer that you’ll struggle to decide what to buy – but don’t worry, you can always come back next month to try some more delightful food.

Stalls often give out free tasting samples too, so don’t miss out on this year-round market that’ll knock your foodie socks off!

 

Food on Anglesey

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Of course, Anglesey is home to plenty of tasty restaurants – and one of those is our very own Deck House. So if after a long day of exploring the food festivals, you fancy kicking back and letting someone else do the cooking for a change, you know where to go! A guest favourite that people enjoy time and time again is our Jones of Holyhead steak! Yum!

If you’d like to find out more about owning a stunning holiday property on the whimsical isle of Anglesey, call us on 01407 860 860 or view our lodge brochure here. We hope to see you out and about at our holiday village soon!

 

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16/Nov/2018
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On 22nd August 2015, Anglesey will play host to the annual Menai Seafood Festival – one of the biggest and best culinary celebrations in all of Britain.

Set up to promote Anglesey’s local fishing industry, this festival has quickly become a Welsh favourite and succeeds in attracting thousands of visitors every single year.

So if you’re planning on visiting our wonderful island this August, or staying at one of our luxury lodges at Silver Bay, here is all the information you need to know.

 

1. Free entry

If you are travelling with your family to the Menai Food Festival, then you’ll be pleased to hear this wonderful festival offers free entry to all visitors. Doors open at 10am and the event has teamed up with several Park & Ride schemes to make getting there as straightforward as possible. It’s also entirely free of charge.

On Friday 21st August, however, something extra special is happening in conjunction with festival. Ensemble Cymru will be taking to the stage to play three works from Mozart, featuring the clarinet, oboe, and flute.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £10 per person. Guests can also look forward to exclusive catering from Chateau Rhianfa and Ye Old Bull’s Head (Beaumaris).

 

2. 100+ food stalls

Anyone with a passion for seafood will fall head over heels for Menai’s famous festival.

From fresh oysters, to traditional fish and chips, there will be over 100 food stalls to tempt the senses. What’s better, visitors will have the chance to meet the local fisherman and farmers who supply Anglesey with all their wonderful local produce.

Love sweet treats?

Then you’re also in for a surprise. Benjamin Lee, our local chocolatier and patisserie, will be at hand with a beautiful selection of delicacies to put a smile on anyone’s face. You can also look forward to mouth-watering desserts from Antoniazzi’s Ice Cream and Mon Ar Lwy.

But if you think the Menai Festival is only a haven for foodies, then think again. There will be plenty of activities on offer to keep all the family happy, including:

  • Anglesey Sea Zoo

  • Children’s Play Area

  • Beside The Sea exhibition

  • Window Display Competition

  • Rib Rides

You can see why it’s so popular.

 

3. Celebrity chefs and live demonstrations

One of the best reasons to visit the Menai Seafood Festival, however, is its great selection of demonstrations.

Hosted by esteemed chefs like Andrew Sheridan (Chateau Rhianfa), Michael Evans (Welsh Culinary Team), and Ellis Barrie (The Marram Grass), this will be the perfect opportunity to brush up on your culinary skills. You can even purchase all the products directly from the festival to practice at home.

 

4. Rib Rides

Anglesey is famous for its love of Rib Riding – as you can see from one of our recent blogs.

So it would only make sense to offer some rib riding opportunities this year at Menai Strait. Whether you’re new to this adrenaline-pumping sport, or a seasoned expert, this is a must-experience activity. Especially if you love high speeds.

In addition to Rib Riding, the festival will also be hosting a RibRide Duck Race to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. You can show your support by donating £2 at the Rib Ride exhibition stand.

5. Marine Week

Marine Week is one of the most special dates in the Anglesey calendar. Hosted by organisations like Menai Heritage, Marine Conservation Society, and North Wales Wildlife Trust, this is one of the best ways to learn more about Anglesey’s unique seafaring past.

This year, visitors to our beloved island can take part in a multitude of wonderful activities – such as crabbing,  creature tanks, and a Sunset Rocky Shore Ramble. There will also be plenty of day trips leading up to the Menai Seafood Festival, all of which can be found on the event’s website.

 

Silver Bay and Menai Food Festival 2015

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The Menai Seafood Festival is undoubtedly one of our favourite events throughout the year. Attracting visitors from far and wide, it’s the perfect chance to sample Wales’ best cuisine and dabble our hand at some outdoor activities.

We might even bring back some treats to Silver Bay.

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