BLAENAU Gwent AM Alun Davies, minister for Natural Resources and Food, has announced more than £71,203 to support nine food and drink festivals in Gwent.

Overall a total of £184,000 has been announced by the Minister that will help showcase the best of Welsh food and drink to people living in and visiting Wales by supporting 28 festivals taking place across the country this year.

Festivals set to benefit from funding include the Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair, Caerphilly Food Festival and the Welsh Perry and Cider Festival in Caldicot.

The support, of up to £10,000 per festival, aims to help raise the profile of the high quality food and drink Wales has to offer and develop the country’s growing food culture.

Mr Davies said: “Food festivals showcase the best produce south east Wales has to offer and can help small, local food producers increase their customers.”