Bite will return to Insole Court on the 27th July, and they have plans to make this year’s event even bigger and better.
Once again, the focus will remain squarely on the food – there’ll be no fancy branding, and no trendy food trucks to distract from the provenance and quality of what people are eating, or the skill of the people who cook it.
The inaugural event welcomed more than 10,000 people to the gardens of Insole Court mansion in Llandaff, where they could sample dishes cooked by 30 of South Wales’ top chefs and restauranteurs – and to make it accessible to all, every single dish was priced at just £3.
However, this year’s event will include extra space for up to ten more chefs / producers to join the festival line-up (bringing the total to forty), and provision for two additional bars.
What time does it start?
The festival starts at 11am and will finish at 9pm.
Who will be cooking?
- Simon Wright, Wrights Food Emporium
- Tommy Heaney, Heaneys & Uisce
- Darren Lewis, Joyful Jar Company
- Michelle Evans, Paternoster Farm
- Jamie O’ Leary, JOLS
- Ceri Bowen, The Early Bird Bakery
- Deri Reed, The Warren
- Matt Waldron, Stackpole Inn
- John Cook, EMBER
- Tom O Sullivan, Spit & Sawdust
- Tom Furlong & Gwyn Myring, Milkwood
- Derw Robertson, Tan A Mwg
- Andrew Gwynne, Gwynne’s Ice Cream
- Jon White & Rosie Eastwood, The Two Anchors
- Abi Dymmock, Jack & Amelie
- Krish Pankaj, Keralan Karavan
- Gareth Daw, Henry Webb’s Restaurant at St Mellon’s Hotel
- Laurian Veaudour, Cocorico Patisserie
- Vicky Crabtree, Shawarmarama
- Stephen Terry, The Hardwick
- Montserrat Prat, La Cuina
- Antonio Simone, The Humble Onion
- Nick Spann, Bao Selecta
- Leyli Homayoonfar, Leyli Joon & Co.
- Rob Haswell, Ceridwen Centre
- Simmie Vedi, The Warden’s House
- Sam Speller, Lazy Leek
- Rhodri Evans, Pieporium
- Lali Suto, Hoof
- Debs Lewis, Dusty Knuckle
What will be available to drink?
Our 30 chefs and producers are joined by five great drinks providers. This year, Bite Cardiff has partnered with Freedom Brewery, a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).
Wrights Wines will also be serving a range of natural wines, and Skyborry will be offering a selection of Cider and Perry.
Both Little Man Coffee Co and The Handlebar Barista will be serving coffee – so don’t forget your re-usable mugs / flasks!
What’s the deal with reusable cups?
In an effort to cut down on waste this year and also avoid single use plastics, we are selling reusable cups for use at the bar. These will be on sale on the day for £3.50, or you can buy one in advance, for £3, by clicking here.
Buying a cup means that you are helping us to cover the costs of putting on the event, ensuring that we can keep it *free entry* for years to come. Purchasing one in advance will help speed up and lessen the queues at the bar on the day and mean you can fast track your way into the event. The cups can also be taken away as a memento and are dishwasher safe on the top shelf.
Can I bring a picnic blanket?
People are encouraged to take picnic blankets, and also, their own picnic crockery and cutlery if possible, as well as refillable water bottles.
Is the event cash-only?
Yes – you will need cash to buy tokens (stickers) which can be exchanged for food. £3 = one token = one dish. This is to prevent chefs from having to handle cash on the day. The bars will run as normal (you won’t need tokens) but the whole event will be cash only.
Where can I buy the food tokens?
These can be bought from token stalls dotted throughout the festival. You can also pre-purchase these, on any day in the week before the festival, at the Insole Court visitor centre.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, well behaved dogs on a lead.
Is there parking?
Parking at Insole Court is reserved for festival staff and disabled drivers only. There will be a limited amount of Bite festival parking available at Rookwood Hospital, at Fairwater Road Llandaff Cardiff CF5 2YN.
Though some parking is available at Rookwood, we are encouraging people to use public transport to access the festival as much as possible. The nearest buses that operate between Cardiff city centre and Insole Court are the 66, 25, 62or 63 (operated by Cardiff Bus) and the 122 or 124 (operated by Stagecoach).
Insole Court is approximately a 25-minute bus ride from Cardiff city centre, and a 10-minute walk from Victoria Park.
Alternatively, the nearest train station is Fairwater. Insole Court is 500m from the Fairwater Road exit. Services are operated by Arriva Trains Wales on the City Line that runs from Coryton to Radyr through the city centre (and in reverse).
The main cycle routes to Insole Court are:
- From Cardiff Bay via the Ely Trail.
- From Cardiff city centre via the Taff Trail.
Bike parking is located near the Visitors’ Centre / in the car park.