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Thousands enjoy Big Welsh Bite as event returns to Pontypridd

The Big Welsh Bite. Credit: RCT Council

The much-loved Big Welsh Bite made its welcome return to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd at the weekend – with a record-breaking 30,000 visitors enjoying the event in the sun.

Delicious food, family fun, live cookery demonstrations and more filled the park on August 6 and 7 as What’s On RCT set about to ensure the Big Welsh Bite returned in style.

Not one, but two, star chefs took over the demonstration kitchen for the weekend, with Big Welsh Bite favourite Geoff Tookey making a welcome return. Nerys Howell joined him, showing how she makes fine food using the very best of local, Welsh products. Visit our website to download some of their recipes and find out more.

On the menu in the exhibition area was a host of delicious food and drink, including brownies and doughnuts, noodles, award-winning fish and chips, burgers, gourmet pizza Indian, deli and more.

Plus there was a range of delicious food and drink to taste and takeaway.

Guests enjoyed arena shows from AIM Academy showing their daring parkour skills, flips and jumps while Black Mountains Falconry gave live demonstrations of their beautiful birds of prey, showing how they fly and hunt.

The Savage Skills freestyle mountain bike team had the audience on pins as their world-class riders showed off bike stunts, spins and tricks.

Many enjoyed the beer garden, with a range of beer, ales and cider served – all brewed by local providers.

With a fun fair, petting farm, information stalls and lots of activities to get involved in, the day was a huge hit with all ages.

Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Council Business, said: “What a comeback for the Big Welsh Bite! After two years away as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the event returned for 2022 with a record-breaking 30,000 visitors – more than we have ever seen here before.

“Huge thanks to the What’s On RCT team for their work to bring the event back to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park and to the arena shows, exhibitors and many visitors who made it such a special weekend.

“Of course, the Big Welsh Bite only happens once a year, but there is a great range of food and drink on offer in Rhondda Cynon Taf all through the year. Check out Visit RCT on social media for more inspiration of what’s on the menu here.

“If you enjoyed the Big Welsh Bite and want to find out more about events in Rhondda Cynon Taf, follow What’s On RCT on socials, or visit rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson for the latest information about upcoming events, including Pontypridd Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade, Festival of Remembrance, Halloween Spooktacular and Santa’s Toy Mine at A Welsh Coal Mining Experience and Christmas in RCT.”

Big Welsh Bite 2022 was sponsored by Nathaniel Cars, who have been keeping the residents of Rhondda Cyon Taf and beyond on the road for more than 25 years, thanks to their friendly, dedicated teams in Bridgend and Cardiff.