Newtown Food Festival 2019, The French Village & 20th Anniversary

Newtown Food Festival 2019, The French Village & 20th Anniversary: 7th and 8th September.

Upwards of 50 people visiting from Les Herbiers for the 2019 FF and for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Twinning charter.



Our friends from Les Herbiers are joining us again this year for the sixth time at the Newtown Twinning marquee FRENCH VILLAGE 7th and 8th September 2019

As many of you are aware Le Comite de Jumelage Pays des Herbiers have contributed to our Food Festival for the last 5 years bringing a fine selection of Vendee food and wine products for Newtown People to enjoy.

This year our FRENCH VILLAGE is bigger and better! It’s also the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Twinning Charter so a large party from Les Herbiers will be visiting us and contributing to our Food Festival.

Our friends from Les Herbiers will be selling brioche; variety of Vendee wines; paté (grillons de vendée, rillettes de canard, rillettes de poulet); saucisson; vinaiger and salt with herbs and cheeses and more!

A French Cafe atmosphere will be provided in and outside our marquee with tables and seating to relax and enjoy the products. French wine by the glass with small plates of Vendee cheeses and small plates of Meats to enjoy with your glass of wine.

An opportunity to taste and purchase fine wines from Alsace along with local Vendee reds, whites and aperitifs all provided by a Les Herbiers wine supplier.

We will also be supporting Newtown businesses selling some of their products and promoting our next visit to France in March 2020 for the Music Exchange.

It’s also an opportunity for you to meet the Newtown Twinning Association and to find out what we have planned for the future and also to talk to NTA about any ideas you may have for links between organisations or possible projects in the future.

See you in THE FRENCH VILLAGE 2019

Charity Ceilidh with Ffonic.

A Newtown Food Festival Fringe Event.

Newtown Twinning Association is working with Newtown Food Festival and Ffonic to bring you a Food Festival Fringe event on Friday 5th September.

If you would like to join us for our Charity Ceilidh with Ffonic at the Monty Club Newtown then tickets can be obtained from us at: and over the counter at the Monty Club, 11 Broad Street, Newtown. Food included and Bar available.

Please note we only have a limited number of spaces available and we will not be selling tickets at the door during the evening due to a pre-ordered Welsh theme buffet provided.

For full details of this event please see our poster below:

Hosting Request: Food Festival Exchange September 2019 and 20th Anniversary:

If you are interested in hosting a French person, couple or family from our twin town in September 2019 then we have an excellent opportunity for you to host visitors from Les Herbiers.

The Hosting period for this event is:

· Arrival: Thursday 5th September 2019 at 5pm

· Departure: Monday 9th September 2019 at 7am

Please email this form on completion to:


To ensure that your electronic form is saved please follow these three steps:

· First copy and save the form to your computer and name your form e.g. Jones

· Open your saved copy from your files and complete your form and save again.

· Send a copy of your saved form to us at:

Very many thanks

Hosting Form 2019



County times coverage:

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French and Welsh product sales cards:

NLTC presentations to mark the 20th Anniversary of Twinning:

NLTC and NTA recognised the 20th Anniversary of twinning between the two towns with a commemorative bench with plaque to be situated outside the NLTC Offices at the Cross Newtown.
The Mayor David Selby presented Marie-The Gauthier with a commissioned painting displaying the Newtown Town Clock and the Moulin Des Alouette two special features of our towns.

NLTC also provided an afternoon tea on the Food Festival lawn for all involved.

Charity Ceilidh and Food Festival Fringe event:

Newtown Twinning Association supported Newtown Food Festival by holding a charity evening Ceilidh with the help of Ffonic.
The evening was held to support Montgomeryshire Youth Music with their visit to Les Herbiers April 2020.

Our French visitors thoroughly enjoyed the music by Ffonic and the dancing.
A great Friday evening with an excellent Welsh buffet provided by the Monty Club, a great way to start the Food Festival weekend!!

Formal and Informal meetings in our French Village:

Newtown Twinning Association used the time during the Food Festival weekend to meet a number of different organisations in The French Village to plan future projects.

It was also an opportunity for different people from different groups to meet our Friends from Les Herbiers.

Martin Watkin from NPTC Newtown met with Claudine Boisseau to discuss possibility of future work placement exchanges between the Agriculture College in Les Herbiers and NPTC Newtown.

Michelle Martin, Sue Phillips and Robin Midgley met with Marie-The and NTA regarding the music exchange April 2020.

Dai Davies of Newtown Rugby Club met with Marie-The and others from Les Herbiers regarding the joint French / Welsh visit to Cardiff for the International in Cardiff February 2020 and Emma Serjeant, Louise Hurdley and Sam Holwill met with NTA and Marie-The to discuss their participation and arrange accommodation for the Les Herbiers Chrono Cycle race and visit in October 2019.

Not to mention many other people who visited us during the weekend!!

Supporting local Sports, Music, Education and Business:

Newtown Twinning Association supports and works with local sports and music organisations and educational establishments in the area.

We also support local business whenever possible both in Wales and in France at Craft and Food fairs.

During the Food Festival weekend we sold products for some of our local crafts shops, our local food outlets and local food and drink producers.

Supporting the Newtown Food Festival:

Promoting and Selling French products Les Herbiers Twinning Association supports the Newtown Food Festival and this year it was their 6th time to visit and bring a range of produce from Les Herbiers and the Vendee region of Western France.

After all this time they have many followers who return to the French Village every year to purchase their favourite wines cheeses and meats not forgetting the Brioche.

Visits, Walks and celebrations:

Our friends from Les Herbiers visited Newtown and Mid-Wales for the Newtown Food Festival and 20th anniversary of our twin towns.

Newtown Twinning Association regularly introduces people from Les Herbiers to our fantastic region.

28 French visitors staying with Newtown Families!
We are obviously a very welcoming community.

They enjoyed a Ceilidh with Ffonic, visited the Newtown Food Festival, experienced guided walks using our Newtown Walking routes and a historical walking tour of the town.  They also visited Aberystwyth, Powys Castle and Gregynog Hall.
They certainly add to our local tourism figures!

We also held formal evening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Twinning.
Our French guests and our Newtown hosts attended.