Bite Festival 2019

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On July 27th we welcomed Bite Festival back to Insole Court. For the second year running. Bringing Bite Cardiff will be all about 30 great chefs and producers, coming together to each cook a single dish each, with every dish costing just £3. The idea being an opportunity to sample a taster of local chefs at an affordable price, and bring a range of independent food producers together in one place. With over 10, 000 visitors across the day it was our busiest event to date, bringing many new visitors to us.

Bite brought in a wide range of food which meant there was something for everyone to try- from seafood, to Indian Cuisine to delicious deserts.

There were a few ‘big name’ chefs in attendance, and their queues were understandably long. But well worth the wait were the reports from those wanting to get a chance to sample their work.

Popular all day was Tommy Heaney- known for his appearance on The Great British Menu in 2017- was there making his fish pie. Heaney who is known for his work at flagship restaurant The Great House in Bridgend, and his new restaurant Heaney’s in Pontcanna


There was a queue all day for Bao Selecta whose Bao Buns with marinated pork were a clear hit.

And Milkwood had a sell out dish with their Lamb cheek tacos…which included an options ‘Bad Boy’ sauce!


Sweet treats were of course in plentiful supply, with local bakeries and other desert specialists involved. From these delicious brioche donuts from Early Bird Bakery


Or the delicious pies from Pieporium...


There were so many delicious dishes at Bite there was barely any time to eat them all. But all day long social media posts gave everyone else food envy (and inspiration!). It wasn't just grown up fun however, there were also plenty of treats for children- and some stalls just for them. Experts at this are Jack and who made a tasty Mexican inspired dish that by the end of the day had used ‘90kg of chilli, 40kg if tortillas and a whole lot of cheese and salsa!’


Bite really was an event for everyone- and it was lovely to see the grounds full of families enjoying a day out. With people in the grounds from 10 in the morning, right the way through to the evening.

With many people being first time visitors as well it was a great opportunity to introduce local people and visitors from further afield to Insole Court. And of course, to welcome regular visitors, and many of our neighbours. We also welcomed Visit Wales for their first visit to Insole Court.

Bite was an incredibly busy day (and few weeks!) for the team and our biggest event to date.The scale of the event was a real challenge for our team, but one they rose to, and there were many positive comments on the day, and in the days following. Bite was a great opportunity to team up with other local businesses, but most importantly to open up Insole Court to new visitors who we hope to see back again soon.

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