Despite being a brand-new concept, Bite Cardiff ended up being the unexpected highlight of the Cardiff food festival calendar last year. The inaugural event welcomed more than 10,000 people to the gardens of Insole Court mansion in Llandaff, where they could sample dishes cooked by 30 of South Wales’ top chefs and restaurateurs – and to make the event accessible to all, every single dish was priced at just £3.

Today, organisers have revealed that Bite will return to Insole Court on the 27 July, and they have plans to make this year’s event even bigger and better.

Once again, the focus will remain squarely on the food – there’ll be no fancy branding, and no trendy food trucks to distract from the provenance and quality of what people are eating, or the skill of the people who cook it.

Bite Cardiff

However, Bite 2019 will include extra space for up to ten more chefs / producers to join the festival line-up (bringing the total to forty), and provision for two additional bars.

The full line-up of chefs and producers taking part will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Festival founder Phill Lewis (who is also co-owner of Dusty Knuckle restaurant in Cardiff) explained, “The reaction to Bite last year was phenomenal; there was a real appetite for it here in Cardiff, so we knew we had to bring it back. But this time we’re planning to include more chefs, use more of the space available to us at Insole Court, and really make the most of that amazing backdrop.”

Tommy Heaney at Bite 2018
Tommy Heaney at Bite 2018

As part of the 2019 Bite reboot, organisers have also looked at ways to improve on the sustainability of the event. As a result, reusable Bite-branded, souvenir cups will go on sale later this month for £3 each.

Phill explained, “We want to limit single-use materials at the festival and set an example locally, so this year, we’ll be providing reusable, Bite-branded cups for use at the bars. These can also be taken away as a little souvenir to be used again and again.”

Bite is not the only food festival in Wales. Read our preview of the Abergavenny Food Festival.

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