THOUSANDS of people are set to descend on Beaumaris this weekend for the annual food festival.

Held on the town green, between Beaumaris Castle and the Menai Strait, the Beaumaris Food Festival is on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1.

Since it started in 2013, the festival has raised £119,600 for local causes. This year there will be over 100 exhibitors with local, national and international food producers attending.

As well as food, drink and crafts, there is entertainment, live music, demonstrations by local and celebrity chefs, and guest speakers.

Taking part are Lee Watson (vegan chef and author of Peace and Parsnips: Vegan Cooking for Everyone) and Chateau Rhianfa’s Jason Hughes from the Great British Menu, 2018,.

There are free children’s cooking classes and a storyteller offering interactive sessions. Music throughout the weekend includes choirs, brass bands, solo artists and a ska band, Skariad, will perform.

Talks at the 'Canolfan Beaumaris (Beaumaris Leisure Centre) include the story of conservation from Frankie Hobro, director and owner of the Anglesey sea zoo, named Bangor University’s alumnus of the year. Professor Nathan Abrams, also of Bangor University, will talk on Stanley Kubrick, Food and Film. There will be talks on bees, red squirrels, and performances by the Castle Players.

A free park and ride is running, but due to the delay in the planned flood alleviation works at the entrance to the castle meadow field, a diversion is in place taking traffic up towards Llanfaes and down the Henllys Lane to the car park. Henllys Lane will be one way during the festival weekend.

Organisers say it will be a "great weekend offering something for everyone.

"We can’t think of a better location that encapsulates the very essence of the Wales, 2019 theme The Year of Discovery. It promises to be a wonderful event filled with food, drink, crafts and entertainment and much more."

Admission is £5 per adult or £7 for weekend, accompanied children go free. Parking is free. There is half price admission to Beaumaris Castle for festival goers.