ABERGAVENNY Food Festival (AFF) has been confirmed for the weekend of September 18 and 19.

However, due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding lockdown relaxations, organisers are delivering a slightly different event.

Limited ticket numbers will be available and venues have been rearranged in order to maximise safety.

Chief executive Kim Waters said: “We want to keep AFF21 fresh and relevant, to deliver amazing experiences for both our producers and visitors, to bring people together in different ways. We’re keeping it simple by strictly limiting attendance and re-organising the venues to ensure the weekend is safe and enjoyable for everyone.This means all stroller ticket/wristbands and individual event tickets will be pre-sold.”

“The huge food community that makes up the festival really does need support after such a tough time. The team is working really hard to add more value, broadening the scope of the weekend to cover all eventualities.”

Wristbands cost £10 (free entry for children 16 and under) for one day (buy two tickets for both days) and will be available online from June 1 or in person at EH Accountancy, 1 Horsingtons Yard, Abergavenny, NP7 5PN - 09:30 to 14:00, Mon - Fri.

These will be non-refundable. Included is a free AFF magazine, stuffed with recipes, topical features.

As the programme is temporarily streamlined, there will be more guest performers to engage with via a stroller ticket on the demo stages. Appearing are Matt Tebbutt and Olly Smith (BBC Saturday Kitchen), Chetna Makhan (Youtube channel: Food with Chetna), Chris Harrod (The Whitebrook Michelin-star Restaurant, Monmouth), Jane Baxter (cook, writer and co-proprietor of the Wild Artichokes Kitchen, Kingsbridge), Vanessa Kimbell (Sourdough School, Northampton) and Poppy O'Toole (‘Poppy Cooks’ to published by Bloomsbury in September), plus popular Barry-based Hang Fire girls, Sam and Shaun.

A bi-monthly grand foodie raffle will kick off in June. Anyone buying a stroller ticket has their number dropped in the pot. Prizes include signed food books, hampers, restaurant meals, getaway breaks, and courses.

Visit abergavennyfoodfestival.com for further details.