THOUSANDS of people went along to this year’s Denbigh Plum Feast.

A one-day event was started by a group of Denbigh business owners in 2009, to raise awareness of the plight of the Denbigh plum, which is Wales’ only native variety.

Since gaining PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status for the Vale of Clwyd Denbigh Plum in 2019, interest in Wales' only native plum has rocketed among growers and food and drink producers.

The food and drink event attracts micro food producers and encourages them to produce items that are sold on the day of the Denbigh Plum Feast.

Denbighshire Free Press: Denbigh Plum Feast.Denbigh Plum Feast. (Image: Gareth Davies)

This year’s event saw close to 6,000 people support on the day, with a range of plum-based goods on offer for those with a sweet tooth after a “bumper year” for growers.

As well as hosting a new cocktail bar, stalls in the Town Hall, a marquee and drinks stands, the event played host to two chefs - Chris ‘Flamebaster’ Roberts, a barbecue and grill specialist from Caernarfon, and Robert Dowell-Brown, a champion forager.

In the evening, a Folk of the Plum singing performance took place, with singers from the area having an impact.

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One of the organisers, Nia Williams, told the Denbighshire Free Press: “It was absolutely fantastic, the sun shone from first thing until the end of the day.

“We had great attendance, superb 100 per cent Welsh food companies, and some high-quality craft and gift stalls.

“It was very successful, the best thing – the sunshine, the warmth, we were very lucky – somebody was looking after us.

“It gave a boost to the town’s businesses, the whole idea of having it in town is people being able to use the independent shops.”