For food-lovers visiting the Welsh capital, one of the best ways to experience the city is by visiting some of the renowned food markets that take place throughout the year. Whether you want to try some locally produced cheese or just enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, checking out some of Cardiff’s best food markets is always a great idea.
Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
The city’s original celebration of street food and home-grown produce is a mouth-watering paradise for families and food lovers. Boasting over 100 local, national and international producers, it continues to be one of the most popular highlights of the Cardiff Festival summer-in-the-city events programme. Visitors can explore a host of stalls at the Producer’s Fayre and Farmer’s Market, many of which are independent or family-run businesses and have interesting stories to tell about their produce. There is plenty of opportunity to sample and buy some of the best farmhouse cheeses, artisan breads, handmade chocolates and specialist liqueurs to name but a few. Dates for the annual event are released in the run up to the event which usually takes place in July.
Street Food Circus
Street Food Circus Cardiff is a movable feast of nomadic street food traders, vintage trailers, chefs and mixologists. Setting up in Sophia Gardens, the event features 20 rotating artisan food trucks and themed bars featuring the finest local craft ales and beers. The popular food pop-up event has free entry and takes place throughout August and September. Now award-winning, it is a must visit for foodies.
Cardiff Central Market
Cardiff Market is an impressive Victorian structure which offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of a modern, bustling city. Under one great glass roof, you will find a wealth of stalls featuring food and products from a several different cuisines. The market has been trading in one form or another since the 1700’s, and it has occupied the same site for over 100 years. From fishmongers to spice stalls, the market has a plethora of things worth visiting.
RCMA Farmer’s Market
Riverside, Roath and Rhiwbina farmers’ markets are all operated by Riverside Community Markets Association or RCMA for short. They were set up in 1998 and since then the operation has gone from strength to strength. There are now three weekly farmers markets running in Cardiff, working with Riverside Community Garden and moving into the world of evening street food nights. The markets provide fantastic support for local business, provide a first class provision of fresh produce, and add another wonderful facet to Cardiff’s colourful culture.