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Bigger and better Mid Wales Autumn Fayre to showcase best of Wales

Members of the Craft Butchery Team Wales will be demonstrating their skills over the weekend

Organisers are promising a fun family day out as Mid Wales Autumn Fayre returns to the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells bigger and better on October 29 and 30.

Nearly 80 artisan food and drink producers and more than 40 local arts and crafts exhibitors will be selling their products at the weekend event which will have 10 live demonstrations from talented chefs and butchers.

Arranged by the Culinary Association of Wales, the live cookery demonstrations will celebrate International Chefs Day and support Welsh chefs. The demonstration kitchen is sponsored by Tantrwm Events.

A pop-up restaurant sponsored by @fingersandforks will be serving up a menu showcasing products from food producers at the event and providing a Halloween Children’s Afternoon Tea, with 80 places available to be booked each day.

Continuing the Halloween theme, visitors will have a chance to pick their own pumpkin at the event where there will also be street food vendors and entertainment.

Around 150 lorries are expected to take part in the Truck Fest at Mid Wales Autumn Fayre.

Entries for a Truck Fest at the event have rocketed from 60 last year to 150, including 10 show models, and two Gilbern racing cars will join more than 100 classic cars, motorbikes and tractors, as well as eight rally cars.

People planning to attend the event can buy tickets in advance at www.midwalesautumnfayre.co.uk/tickets or at the gate for £6 and parking is free. There is free entry for children aged 12 years and well behaved dogs are welcome.

Andrew Powell, who organises the event with support from Cambrian Training Company, is delighted with the enthusiastic support from exhibitors and skilled craftspeople.

“The support from Welsh companies and exhibitors has been fantastic” he said. “I have been taking up to 15 calls a day in the last few weeks from people wanting to exhibit.

“Our mission is to create a great family event where we can promote Mid Wales and showcase Welsh artisan products, together with trucks and classic vehicles from across Wales.”

A careers zone, sponsored by Cambrian Training Company, will join the International Chefs Day celebrations by giving visitors a chance to ‘Have a Go’ and experience different elements of the hospitality industry first hand, including taking part in ‘Race the Professional’ competition.

Training officers from Cambrian Training Company will be on hand to give information and advice about apprenticeships to young people, parents and those considering a change of career. There will also be a chance to win a hamper.

Cambrian Training Company is looking forward to welcoming young people and parents to discuss career pathways as well as those who may be considering a change of career.

Underlining the value of hospitality apprenticeships, apprentices Rosie Koffer, Owen Fleming and Toyah Skilton from Chartists 1770 at The Trewythen, Llanidloes will be giving a cookery demonstration on Sunday.

Arwyn Watkins, OBE, Cambrian Training Company’s managing director, said: “We see the Mid Wales Autumn Fayre as a market place for food, drinks, crafts and skills and an opportunity for a fun family day out.

“It will also create an environment for parents to have a conversation with their children about career opportunities within the food and drink sector in Wales.”

Arwyn, who is also Culinary Association of Wales president, will be one of the chef demonstrators, joining Colin Gray from Capital Cuisine, Caerphilly, globetrotting Builth Wells chef Jamie Tully who has cooked for the rich and famous on superyachts, Gareth Johns from The Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth and Will Richards from Cambrian Training Company.

Members of the Craft Butchery Team Wales will be displaying the skills that clinched them sixth place on their debut at the World Butchers’ Challenge in Sacramento, California.

Gwernyfed Rugby Club’s Under 15 team will be parking stewards for the weekend, as they raise money for a tour next season.