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blinc Digital Arts Festival - a great success!

Conwy Castle is lit up as part of the Conwy Feast  

THOUSANDS witnessed a light show extravaganza at a castle as visitors flocked to one of the biggest food festivals in the country.

The Gwledd Conwy Feast served up a spectacular helping over the weekend with 160 food stalls, cooking demonstrations, and celebrity chefs including Bryn Williams, Bryan Webb and Colin Pressdee on hand.

An estimated 5,000 people also watched the Blinc Digital Arts Festival light up Conwy Castle on Saturday night with a breathtaking display – one of just a few times the ancient structure has looked any different in 800 years.

It was the first such light festival held in Europe, say the organisers.

Although there was some traffic congestion caused by the large numbers of visitors, an estimated 25,000 in total during the weekend’s event, organisers and festival-goers hailed this year a fantastic success.

The food festival has firmly established itself as the biggest in the north and the second largest in the whole of Wales.

Also at the festival was ITV’s Siân Lloyd in the True Taste Kitchen to host a special supper.

Denise Baker McClearn, of the Secret Supper Club, Bethesda, and Welsh culinary squad gold medal winner Jimmy Williams demonstrated make-at- home supper dishes.

Wine expert and restaurateur Morfudd Richards from Criccieth was also on hand to lead a guided tasting of the best wines to accompany Jimmy and Denise’s supper menu.

Prior to Saturday’s light show festival Blinc director Joel Cockrill said: “This is the first time in 800 years that Conwy Castle has been green and purple.

“It would be good to be able to keep the castle and walls like this. Painting with light really brings buildings to life and lots of people in the town have been talking about it.”

Highlights included a digitally mapped show on Conwy Castle’s walls with stunning 3D shows on the front of historic Plas Mawr.

Owen Hughes, from the Conwy Valley, said: "I have been to the feast for the past few years and never seen it so busy. The quay was packed and all the food stalls were doing a roaring trade.

"There were some great extra touches this year with the Blinc light shows and other attractions around the town that it was really entertaining for us and our kids. The laser shows on Conwy Castle and Plas Mawr were impressive

"Some of the live music and other performances were also very good. Another great year for the food festival."


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