Thousands enjoy Barry Island's Beats, Eats and Treats
28 June 2017
Thousands of people flocked to Barry Island recently for the return of the Beats, Eats and Treats festival.
Organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the free event delivered a weekend crammed full of live music from a variety of local acts, a range of pop-up street food stalls, a farmer’s market and craft stalls showcasing Welsh art and culture.
Local radio station Bro Radio helped create a friendly and vibrant atmosphere for visitors by providing the soundtrack to the whole weekend. Their live broadcasts, along with performances from acts like Patsy Hunt, The Carolines and Jess Dobson treated those under the eastern shelter to an eclectic mix of genres.
Always a great hit with visitors, the Vale of Glamorgan’s twin towns – Fécamp (France), Rheinfelden (Germany) and Mouscron (Belgium) – added a continental feel to the weekend by selling their local produce: wine, bread, cheese and Belgian waffles.
Rheinfelden’s glass-blowing expert Wilfred Markus entertained everyone by demonstrating his skill in producing many different glass pieces, which he sold throughout the weekend.
Featuring pop-up street food stalls from the likes of Meat and Greek, Mr Croquewich, Ffwrnes Pizza and Viva Los Churros, and the newly-featured vegan Stalls from Brownins and Loving Hut Express, as well as a farmers’ market and cooking demonstrations from Barry’s BBQ specialists Hangfire Southern Kitchen, the event provided everything a food-lover could wish for.
The weather held out throughout, with visitors able to enjoy the sunshine with a beer from Tomos a Lilford, a cider from Vale Cider or even a cocktail from Beetle Juice.
There was something to interest the whole family over the weekend, with a range of craft stalls on hand offering items made locally and children’s play and entertainment along the eastern promenade provided by the Council’s play and library teams.
The reception of the event across social media was overwhelmingly positive, with Dafydd Brown commenting that it was “really well organised, with quality stalls”, David Forman loving the “awesome set up down the Island”, and many others saying that they can’t wait until next year.
Cllr. John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, visited the festival and said: “This was the second Beats, Eats and Treats festival, and it proved yet again to be a resounding success.
“It was pleasing to see the range of local businesses doing so well, and I enjoyed talking to those who came over from our twin towns about the products they had on offer.
“To see thousands of visitors enjoying Barry Island also highlights the potential we have here in the Vale in terms of tourism and events, and I hope we can continue to deliver weekends like this that showcase the Vale of Glamorgan’s fantastic settings and local businesses.
“I would like to thank everyone involved with organising and running the event – their hard work made sure the weekend was a great success.”
For more information on summer events across the Vale of Glamorgan, visit www.visitthevale.com/en/Events/Events-List.