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It's Newport Food Festival this weekend!

Newport's annual Food Festival takes place this weekend, with a bigger and better event spread over three days.

Celebrity MasterChef winner Wynne Evans will be the festival's special guest on Saturday when he will be showcasing his culinary skills in the chef demo zone (sponsored by Newport Now BID) in Newport Market and will also be judging the Teen Chef competition.

There will also be entertainment for all the family including street entertainers and workshops which will be located at The Place on Bridge Street.

On Saturday, the traditional food market will be set up in the city centre, with traders in High Street, Westgate Square, Bridge Street, and the Corn Exchange. There will be a vegan and vegetarian village in John Frost Square.

There will be a range of entertainment in various venues throughout the day.

A wide range of exhibitors will be ready to fill your fridge with delights including meats, cheeses, spices and preserves, breads, pastries and cakes, to pies, pasties, oils and sauces.

When you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the offering and activities, there will be plenty of refuelling choice – Asian, Italian or Welsh, burgers, pizza and of course something to satisfy every sweet tooth.

This year's festival extends to Sunday with the High Street showcasing live music and street food where you can grab a bite to eat, have a drink at one of the pubs and listen to bands performing on stage, hosted by Newport City Radio. Traders will begin serving at 11am. BID members Le Pub, McCann's Rock n Ale Bar, and Madame JoJos have made this event possible.

Entry to the Festival on Saturday and Sunday is free. More details on the whole weekend are available here.

Also taking place on Saturday is an independent traders' market in Newport Arcade from 10am to 4pm, showcasing some of Newport's incredible independent businesses.

Meanwhile, to coincide with Newport Food Festival, BID member Gallery 57 will be holding an Art of Food promotion featuring beautiful and also useful ceramics, wooden dishes, serving boards and metal bowls.

There will also be a selection of food-inspired paintings, aprons and other textiles. All have been created by local artists and makers.

The promotion runs alongside the gallery’s current exhibition of work by Abergavenny artist Janet Chaplin.

The gallery is at Unit 9 Chartist Tower, Upper Dock Street, and is open Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm

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