Food & Drink

This content relates to Hay Festival 2017 and will be updated soon

Whatever your taste you’ll find something on the festival site to satisfy your appetite or quench your thirst.

Whether a three course meal, light lunch or sandwich the restaurants and festival food hall have a huge range of choice. Choose from freshly made pizza, pasta and venison burgers to sandwiches, baguettes, scotch eggs and much, much more. Our extended food hall also offers 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 glass of Prosecco. As always, Shepherds will be serving their delicious locally made ice-creams, perfect in any weather.

Festival Bar

For a pint of real ale, a glass of wine or a jug of Pimm’s to enjoy in the sunshine. New for this year is the Airstream Bar in the Food Hall.

Friends Café

A hub of activity during the festival, where you’ll catch those sold-out events relayed live from the Tata Tent on screen. 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.


Graze will once again be serving up superb Welsh and locally-sourced food, from tapas, sharing platters, steaks, fresh fish and salads to desserts to die for. Champagne, wines and Welsh ales also available, as well as posh pizza from the bar. Graze was previously BLAS and is run by Capital Cuisine from just outside Cardiff: visit for the full menu.

Relish Festival Restaurant – Café – Bar

Relish returns to Hay Festival 2017, bringing you the Festival Restaurant, Café and Bar. The restaurant will open each day of the festival for lunch and dinner, serving delicious dishes using only the best local, seasonal ingredients. The bar will serve draft beers, wine and cocktails, including the best Bloody Marys on site. The café will feature light bites, barista coffees and other deli treats to eat in or take away. ‘We have developed our Relish Café, Bar and Restaurant on focused, timely and endearing customer service, making your festival experience a memorable one.’ Private parties welcome during the festival.

To book call 01285 658 444 or email

Coffee Cart

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


If you are looking for irresistible ice-creams, sublime sundaes and toppings that are just topping, you’re in the right place. We are artisan ice-cream makers since 1987 and we have a unique recipe based on sheep’s milk. Come and visit our on-site stall or visit our café/ice-cream parlour at 9 High Town, Hay-on-Wye, recently chosen in Condé Nast Traveller as one of the World’s Best Local Ice-Cream Shops. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter @shepherdsices. So don’t be a lost sheep. Flock to Shepherds.


Buon Gusto Pizza

Buon Gusto is pleased once again to serve you at Hay Festival, where our 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 our unique dough recipe and is cooked to order. Open every day until late.

Café Môr

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company proudly presents Café Môr, multi award-winning street food specialising in the finest seafood and seaweed from Wales and the UK. Sample our famous seashore-inspired delights such as freshly baked seashore wraps and fish chowder with Ship’s Biscuits. We also have the Lobster Shack offering divine Pembrokeshire Lobster and Crab as well as our fabulous Captain Cat’s Fish ‘n’ Chips and Calamari. Food for all you sea lovers.

Gelli Smokehouse

Welcome to Gelli Smokehouse, the place for beautifully tender and succulent beef and pork. Our locally sourced fresh meat is smoked low and slow for sensational flavour and texture. If you fancy sticky smoked BBQ ribs, tender 14-hour smoked brisket or pulled pork, with fresh breads and homemade slaw, just pull into the Food Hall and find Gelli Smokehouse.

Old Granary Pierogi

Old Granary Pierogi has developed from our passion for cooking and eating good wholesome food. We’re a Polish family that has chosen to settle in wonderful rural Herefordshire, embracing British cuisine and infusing it with our 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 baked pierogi we specialise in, are hand-crafted in yeast dough cases, hand-rolled and stuffed with our unique meaty and vegetarian fillings. Along with both types of pierogi, we also serve other Polish dishes such as kopytka (Polish gnocchi) with wild mushroom sauce or beef goulash, our signature bigos (hunter’s stew), Polish style breakfasts and a selection of soups. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

Lilo’s Pasta

Fresh, homemade, flavoured pasta served hot with a range of sauces and meats. Examples are: The Spicy Juan and Mexican & Chorizo Mac ‘n’ Cheese. The vegetarian option includes halloumi cheese.

Lotty’s Pure Indulgence

Visit Lotty’s for a delicious range of homemade food, including full breakfasts, savoury tarts, salads, Thai veg/vegan curry, steak and kidney stew, Italian stone-baked pizza slices, decadent puds, cakes and brownies. Plus gluten-free options for mains and puddings. Come and indulge!

Meat & Greek

We are a Cardiff-based Greek Cypriot family, passionate about sharing our authentic, freshly cooked Souvlaki. Greeks don’t do anything by halves, especially food, and we are proud of the fact that our portions are generous and our ingredients wholesome. All of our food is cooked to perfection over charcoal. So what is Souvlaki? Think toasted pitta breads packed with hand-cut cubes of charcoal-cooked chicken or pork, market-fresh salad, topped with a helping of homemade tzatziki or houmous and garnished with parsley and onion – delicious! If meat isn’t your thing, just swap it for charcoal-cooked halloumi and get stuck in!

Slate of Cheese

We offer a selection of Welsh cheeses on a variety of hand-prepared platters. We also have a range of tapas: olives, houmous, vegetable crisps and pies. Our menu changes daily, and for this year’s Festival we have created a delicious open sandwich using fresh Talgarth Mill bread as well as tasty cheese on toast. We invite all cheese lovers to visit us in the Festival Food Hall.

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company

From the borders of rural Herefordshire, The Handmade Scotch Egg Company is really egg’cited to be part of this year’s 30th anniversary Festival. We will be proudly serving our literary themed lunch boxes inspired by our renowned Scotch eggs, fairy frittata and jumble rolls all served on a nest of freshly made salads with Ledbury apple juice and bread. All backed up with our much loved Scotch egg counter stuffed with over 20 of our favorite eggs’traordinary recipes. Proper picnicking! We are also currently hatching a brand new Scotch egg which we will be launching at the Festival.

Veg Out

Veg Out specialises in fresh, flavourful vegetarian food, with vegan and gluten-free options. Whether you go for a vegetable curry or fresh soup and super salads, you’ll walk away feeling satisfied and virtuous.

Welsh Venison

We are a local farming family, butcher’s and farmshop. We are delighted to offer Festival followers the healthy venison option, and will be open every day with a varied menu including our famous venison burgers, chilli, meatballs, salads and wedges. For the earlybirds, our free-range egg and bacon rolls are a great way to start the day. Our farmshop, stocked with Welsh produce, local bread and gifts for the home, is also worth a visit:


Xtreme Organix was created just a few fields away from the Festival site, and this year we are delighted to bring you Celtic Pride Beef and Lamb burgers in locally sourced buns with salad. This year we will have chips, too. Breakfasts and children’s meals will be available all day. Why not try one of our freshly prepared meat or vegetarian stir fries?

Yellow Turban Thali

Enjoy healthy, tasty Festival food from the Bristol-based Yellow Turban Thali. We will be serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten free Indian street food with masala omelette for breakfast with chai, plus snacks of pakoras and samosas with tamarind sauce throughout the day. Or try our authentic, Thali plate for a more substantial meal; with two contrasting curries, dahl, the finest basmati rice and chutneys. Savour and enjoy our food, the mountain air and your full Hay Festival experience.