Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, spoke in the Assembly Chamber last Tuesday during his business statement contribution, asking the Welsh Government to provide greater support for food festivals.
Nick said: “Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Abergavenny Food Festival, now in its twenty-first year. The festival continues to go from strength to strength, with local companies such as Sugarloaf Catering playing key roles, and also companies from further afield as well.
Nick added: “I also took part in the Love Zimbabwe march for Africa, along with the mayor of Abergavenny, Tony Konieczny, and others, demonstrating the diversity and reach of the festival. Could we have an update from the Welsh Government, perhaps a statement, on support for food festivals as valuable parts of the local economy, but also as vehicles for really getting the message of Wales out there on the global stage and connecting with countries from across the world?”
Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd (Government Business) replied: “Thank you for highlighting the importance of food festivals to communities and to small businesses, particularly, I think, within our food sector across Wales. I will ask the Minister to write to you with an update on our support for the food industry, but with a particular view to addressing the interest of celebrating local produce through festivals or other work as well.”