SOME of Wales’ top chefs have signed up for Llangollen’s popular food festival.
The town will become the culinary capital of the UK for a whole weekend, for the Hamper Llangollen on October 19 and 20.
Hamper Llangollen has teamed up with the Free Press for a tasty competition.
The winner will receive a hamper of goodies from exhibitors and a pair of tickets so they can enjoy the gastronomic delights on offer and pick up their hamper.
Three runners up will each will a pair of tickets.
To enter just send your name and contact details, including address and phone number to email@example.com
Hamper Llangollen was named in the Top 10 food festivals in Britain by the national newspaper, The Independent.
It was revealed the festival won a special award from Llangollen Town Council for its contribution to the commercial life of the town.
It's estimated the event pumps nearly £400,000 into the local economy every year with £156,000 being spent at the event and a further £234,000 being spent in the town and the surrounding area.
Colin Loughlin, chair of the local committee that runs the festival, said: "I am extremely proud that Hamper Llangollen has received this fantastic recognition of being acknowledged as a top 10 food festival in the whole of the UK.
"The success of Hamper Llangollen is a mark of the quality of the people we have on the committee. Everybody is pulling their weight and the way it has come together is very rewarding.
“I think the magic ingredient in the success of the festival is the location, the town of Llangollen and the people who live here.
“This year Graham Tinsley, the star of ITV's Taste the Nation and a former captain of the Welsh Culinary Team, will be joined in the show kitchen at the festival by the ever popular Dai Chef.
“We have a wonderful array of fantastic food producers clustered in the area and the festival is the perfect shop window for them.
“Hamper Llangollen is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year and is firmly and rightly established as a major highlight in the UK's culinary calendar.”
Robert Price, Cadwyn Clwyd's agri-food project officer, said: “In addition to many favourites, we have lots of new food producers wanting to come this year.”
“The location of the Pavilion is absolutely spectacular - I can't imagine that any other food festival in the UK has a more beautiful setting.
“It's also brilliant news for the local economy. If you buy from a local producer, all that money is recycled through the local economy and that sustains employment in our rural areas.”
For more information about Hamper Llangollen 2013 visit www.llangollenfoodfestival.