Food & Drink 2018


Whatever your taste you’ll find something on the festival site to satisfy your appetite or quench your thirst. In 2018 Hay Festival switched to reusable beer and wine ‘glasses’ and we were the first festival to trial a new reusable hot drink cups system. For those who brought their own cups, there were discounts on hot drinks at the Friends Café and Coffee Cart outlets.

Whether a three-course meal, light lunch or sandwich, the restaurants and Festival Food Hall have a huge range. Choose from freshly baked pizza, venison and beef burgers, paella, crepes, sweet & savoury fritters and more. Our extended Food Hall does of course offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Fresh coffee and tea are on hand across the site and our bars can serve you with a refreshing pint of local real ale or a glass of Prosecco. As always, Shepherds will be serving their locally made ice-creams – perfect in any weather.

Coffee Cart

There are three Coffee Cart outlets at the Festival, situated in the Friends Café, Festival Food Hall and on the walkway towards the largest venue, all serving the finest fresh coffee and tea.

Festival Bars

For a pint of real ale, a glass of wine or a jug of Pimm’s to enjoy in the sunshine, head to the Festival Bars. The Airstream Bar returned to the Food Hall in 2018.

Friends Café

The café is open early for your first shot of coffee through to the call for last orders. Join your friends or make new ones here.

Relish Festival Restaurant – Café – Bar

Relish returned to Hay Festival 2018, bringing the Festival Restaurant, Café and Bar. Relish sources locally and sustainably to create delicious food for everyone to enjoy.

The Restaurant
Open every day of the Festival serving lunch and dinner, with a range of delicious dishes featuring seasonal ingredients from local farms.

The restaurant offers a sit down meal so group bookings are welcome in the Restaurant during the festival, but they also offer walk-in tables.

The Bar
The bar features local beers, wine and an exciting array of delicious cocktails to enjoy throughout the day.

The Café
Barista coffees, homemade cakes and other deli treats will be available all day to eat in or take away. Local veg soups and fresh bread are also on offer, for a quick lunch between talks and shows.

Shepherds Ice Cream

If you are looking for irresistible ice-creams, sublime sundaes and toppings; you’re in the right place. Shepherds have been making artisan ice-cream since 1987, using a unique recipe based on sheep’s milk. Visit their stall on site and their café/ice-cream parlour at 9 High Town, chosen by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the World’s Best Local Ice-Cream Shops. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter @shepherdsices. Don’t be a lost sheep – flock to Shepherds.

Hay Festival Wine Club Tastings – Free

Entertaining evenings at the 2018 festival tasting and discussing the merits and differences of wines from a variety of countries with Simon Leschallas of Southern Wines Ltd.

Thursday 31 May 2018, 7.30pm – Compass venue

Around the World with Eight Wines – three white, three red and two ros&eacu; from Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Italy and France.

Friday 1 June 2018, 7.30pm – Writers at Work venue

Discover wines from Vondeling Winery from Voor Paardeberg and their new vintages. Opportunity to purchase wines at special Hay Festival Wine Club prices.


Buon Gusto Pizza

Buon Gusto is pleased once again to serve you at Hay Festival, where authentic Italian pizza is made fresh every day in the Food Hall. Choose from the quirky Festival-themed menu and enjoy stone-baked pizza, which uses a unique dough recipe and is cooked to order. Open every day till late.

La Bonne Crepe

La Bonne Crepe is a traditional creperie. It offers authentic crepes and galettes (savoury crepes: gluten, wheat and dairy free, along with vegan options) using organic, Fairtrade, local ingredients. Food is cooked all day, to order, made from scratch and served with a smile.

Meat & Greek

Meet a Cardiff-based Greek Cypriot family passionate about sharing their authentic Souvlaki fresh from the skewer. Greeks don’t do anything by halves especially food. Their portions are generous and the ingredients wholesome. All food is cooked to perfection over charcoal. For those not familiar with Souvlaki, think toasted pitta breads packed with hand-cut cubes of charcoaled chicken or pork and market-fresh salad, topped with a helping of homemade tzatziki or houmous and garnished with parsley and onion. Vegetarians can swap it for charcoaled halloumi.

Old Granary Pierogi

Old Granary Pierogi was a Street Food/Takeaway category finalist in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018. They developed from a passion for cooking and eating good, wholesome food. They are a Polish family that has chosen to settle in rural Herefordshire, embracing British cuisine and infusing it with their Polish culinary knowledge and heritage. Pierogi is a traditional, hearty dish that resembles Italian ravioli when boiled, or the traditional Cornish pasty when baked. The pierogi 'dumplings' are the most famous Polish food, known and loved all over the world and getting more popular here in the UK, thanks to the Hairy Bikers, Nigel Slater and Andi Oliver. The baked pierogi are hand-crafted in yeast dough cases, hand-rolled and stuffed with meaty and vegetarian fillings. Along with both types of pierogi, they also serve other Polish dishes such as kopytka (Polish gnocchi) with wild mushroom sauce or beef goulash, bigos (hunter’s stew), Polish sausage with sauerkraut and a selection of soups. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Squid Inc

Squid INC is bringing Salt and Pepper Baby Squid – just add a Vietnamese or Thai twist to the squid at no extra charge if you wish. The squid is sourced from the south-west, cooked to order and topped with homemade pickled salad. Perfect with their triple-fried British organic chips.

Soulfood Kitchen

Soulfood Kitchen is a dynamic new start-up with the motto 'Caterers with a Conscience'. They bring a French flair to the Festival with an array of duck confit dishes. Vegetarian options are oyster mushrooms and creamed potatoes cooked with smoked garlic and Welsh cheddar. The company's social enterprise model means that they donate a set percentage of all profits to charity and employ marginalised individuals. They buy local to minimise their carbon footprint and use only quality ingredients, cooking in small batches to ensure a tantalising taste.

The Cowshed

The Cowshed was opened in 2009 with an emphasis on quality, local produce. In 2016 it won Best Restaurant in the Bristol Lifestyle Awards. Ruby & White was opened in 2011 and is now one of the south-west's leading purveyors of bespoke meats. It hasmerged the two to offer outstanding, locally sourced street food ranging from burgers and steaks to veggie halloumi options.

The Fritter Shack

This is a small company from Mid Wales producing homemade vegan and gluten-free dishes. Try their vegan crispy fritters served on a bed of spicy slaw and topped with chilli jam. Their vision is to reduce their carbon footprint and operate as ethically as possible. They won the Glastonbury Sustainable Trader Gold Award 2017.

The Spanish Buffet

Since 2012 The Spanish Buffet has provided authentic Spanish street food at many markets and festivals around south Wales and beyond, offering their famous paella and classic tapas to large audiences. Their colourful, Mediterranean, healthy options are for everyone; gluten-free alternatives available. It's fiesta time!

The Teifi Toastie Co

The Teifi Toastie Co is really all about showcasing the superb producers and suppliers in the Mid-Wales area. We are passionate about this ‘forgotten’ part of the UK and believe strongly that there is a wealth of fantastic local produce that can be used to create wonderfully tasty dishes. We use locally produced cheeses and sourdough breads and we combine these with other high quality and homemade ingredients to create toasties that can be both comforting and adventurous. Welsh Halloumi with homemade harissa paste and a dash of honey, anyone?

Welsh Venison

Welsh venison is a local farming family, butcher’s and farm shop. It offers festival followers the healthy venison option and will be open every day with a varied menu including its famous gourmet venison burgers, chilli, meatballs, salads and wedges. For the early birds, the free-range egg and bacon rolls are a great way to start the day. The family's farm shop, stocked with Welsh produce, local bread and gifts for the home, is also worth a visit:

Yellow Turban Thali

Enjoy healthy, tasty festival food from the Bristol-based Yellow Turban Thali. They will be serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free Indian street food with snacks of pakoras and samosas (with tamarind sauce) throughout the day. Or try their authentic Thali plate for a more substantial meal, with two contrasting curries, dahl, the finest basmati rice and chutneys. Savour and enjoy their food, the country air and the Hay Festival experience.