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ONE of the main food festivals in

Aberystwyth was yet another success for locals and tourists. Aberystwyth Sea2Shore food

festival headed to the Promenade on Saturday (Aug 13) to present a wide variety of food stalls and children’s activities for a fun filled day out. The weather was glorious all day long, with crowds of holiday makers and locals gathering to explore each stall that set up camp from 10am until 4pm. The festival stretched all along

the Promenade, with activities held at the Bandstand, the beach and on the jetty, with Brendan Somers, Mayor of Aberystwyth, opening the event. Chef demonstrations were held at

the Bandstand by Coleg Ceredigion students and staff and Charlie Thompson, Head Chef at the ‘Belle Vue Royal Hotel’ in Aberystwyth. Charlie Thompson kindly spoke

to The Herald regarding his cooking demonstration and what he served up for the audience: “At the Sea2Shore event, I went for Welsh seafood that I could get my hands on at this time of year. I did four seafood dishes which were muscles, local spider crab, scallops and local lobsters. I garnished them a little bit, like I do in my restaurant, to show people the type of food they would get at the Belle Vue Royal Hotel to spread the word a bit. “The demonstration had a good

response and everyone was over the moon with it. I took part in the ‘Welsh

Rhian Boyt

Ceredigion Reporter

Chef of the Year’ competition last year with Nathan Davies, for which we came in second. I will be definitely be taking part in the festival next year as it is a brilliant way of advertising what we do here at the Belle Vue Royal Hotel. “I’m a big forager - I forage lots of

my own things that are in season. I had a big display of all of the things that are in season for this time of year which I spoke about a lot at the demonstration. I love the Blaencamel local organic farm because their vegetables are absolutely incredible, and I also use meat from local butcher Rob Rattray and Hugh Fisherman provides me with my local fish.

“Instead of getting big companies

to deliver my produce every day, I have one big order of vegetables every week from Blaencamel farm to use for my menus every week. I always use local produce from any local suppliers we can put on our menu. “At the demonstrations, I had many

people come up to me to ask questions. Our kitchen has a lot of high tech equipment such as water baths, vac pack machines and thermo blenders, which cost a lot of money. “A lot of people asked me how

I created certain things and I had to explain to them that I created the food with very expensive equipment and

that it cannot be done at home unless it’s done by a cheaper version of the equipment. So, what I tried to do was give people what they couldn’t have at home - high end quality food with more modern techniques, as that was my aim on the day. “I gave recipes out to people who

were interested in experimenting with the dishes I prepared, including my secret recipe for Lemon Shortbread, so everyone was happy with that. I also gave out copies of my menus and over 300 food samples, which was successful.” Also at the Bandstand at 12.15pm

were Tenovus choir, who sung UB40’s ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You’ and ‘Adiemus’ by Miriam Stockley. Talking to The Herald about

Tenovus choir’s performance, Choir Leader Tiffany Evans said: “The choir was set up by Tenovus Cancer care, which is the Welsh Cancer charity, and they set up a project in 2012 called ‘Sing With Us’ to see if singing can improve cancer patients’ health. The first choir was set up in Pontypridd and they had a £1 million lottery grant to set up the scheme across Wales. “Aberystwyth was number 13,

so it was set up just over two years ago and we have between 40 and 50 singers every week, rehearsing every Monday night at St Paul’s Church in Aberystwyth. It is the choir for anyone who has been affected by cancer so that

would be current patients, survivors, bereaved/loved ones and carers. “It is one of the services that

Tenovus provides. They’ve also got counselling, bereavement counselling and advice. They’ve also got the two mobile units on the road as well as a man van. “We did the Sea2Shore event last

year and it was absolutely horrendous weather, full of rain all day long. We were singing at 9.30am and the event had no electricity so they had to run the power through PD’s Diner. I put all of the singers under the tent, where the cooking demonstrations were held, and I stood out in the rain to make sure there was enough room for everyone.

“We had the best audience this

year - they were listening and cheering in between songs so definitely one of my favourite audiences. I was really chuffed for the choir. We were trying to get through the stalls and we kept bumping into people we know so I was there for ages afterwards. “There were a few members of the

public who were interested in joining the choir which is brilliant, always lovely to hear. Participating in the event was definitely a beneficial experience for the choir and we may be booked for next year too.” Wyn Griffiths and Aberystwyth

Fly Tying Guild hosted fly tying demonstrations throughout the day, and

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