Food and Drink at Hay Festival

Explore our wonderful food and drink vendors that joined us for Hay Festival 2023. 

The Food Hall at Hay Festival


For a pint of real ale, a glass of wine, Prosecco, or a jug of Pimm’s to enjoy in the sunshine, head to the Bar with its outdoor decked area to soak up some of the Festival atmosphere while you enjoy a drink. There are plenty of soft drink options for drivers, too. 


Bean & Bread founder Jessica Fletcher was inspired to open a coffee shop of her own after living in Wellington, New Zealand, a city renowned for its coffee culture and quirky cafés. Antipodean creativity runs through both the speciality coffee and slick interior decor. You’ll find a selection of alternative milks to pair with the house espresso or simply go black, courtesy of a filter from guest coffee roasters. Popular alternatives to coffee include loose leaf chai, Japanese tea or matcha, while freshly blitzed juices and brunch cocktails will fortify the liquid offering. 

A whopping 80% of the menu is vegan, so all can enjoy a variety of toppings served on Alex Gooch sourdough or gluten-free bread from Pullins Bakery. Popular options include the beetroot hummus, sourdough toasties and the breakfast bowl, all available at the Festival. Grab a spot on the long communal table or settle down in one of the Scandi-style armchairs and drink in the good vibes. | @beanandbread_


Leaps & Grounds are a speciality coffee social enterprise from the British Red Cross. Through a blend of professional barista training, paid work experience, and one-to-one mentoring, Leaps & Grounds empowers refugee women to craft their careers in the UK. Serving specialty coffee from associate coffee partners Caravan, they’ll be offering a selection of delicious hot and cold drinks to keep you fuelled throughout the day. They’ll also have an array of snacks from ethical, sustainable and local suppliers for you to enjoy.


Perfect for grabbing your coffee on the go: check out the new Coaltown Coffee van on the Boardwalk. Coaltown is based in Ammanford in South West Wales, a post industrial community where Anthracite Coal (Black Gold) once fuelled the local economy. In 2003 the last of the collieries closed and with it went the town’s purpose. Coaltown’s ambition was to bring a new industry to their home, a new Black Gold, a new purpose. In 2018 they achieved just that and their town is producing again. They are a B-corp Specialty Coffee Roastery with a focus on sustainable and transparent trade with small farms from across the coffee growing regions of the world, who aim to uphold quality at every stage of production. They are driven by remaining ethical, and by their desire to roast delicious coffee that’s full of personality.


Our reusable cup deposit system for hot drinks cups and glasses is back this year but with a key difference. Instead of a returnable deposit, we’re incorporating a £1 reusable cup fee for your first hot drink at one of our coffee outlets. You can reuse your cup, then drop it in the return bins as you leave the site. We’ll clean the cups and put them back in circulation. The £1 fee covers our hire and cleaning costs for the cups and keeps the system circular and sustainable. You are of course very welcome to bring your own reusable cups to the Festival.


A taste of Naples in a field in Wales. Cotto are bringing their vast larder of Neapolitan cuisine from their family-run restaurant in Hereford to the Festival. Cotto serves up tasty food to your plate, combining good, honest cooking and service with a modern, Italianate twist. The emphasis is on quality, provenance and fun. Cotto’s cocktail bar brings the excitement and flamboyance of Naples to the Festival with an expertly curated selection of Neopolitan classics. The menu includes antipasti and small plates, primi/large mains, dessert, drinks and sourdough pizza. Contact them to book a table in their atmospheric restaurant. | | 07954 323 145

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Irresistible ice creams, sublime sorbets and divine dairy-free desserts. Shepherds have been making artisan ice cream since 1987, using their unique recipe based on sheep’s milk and plant-based milks. Visit their stall on site or drop in to Shepherds Parlour when you’re in town. Don’t be a lost sheep. Join the flock.

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Lola’s Fish & Chips brings a bit of the coast to the fields of Hay. They’ve been serving classic chip shop dishes to discerning festival-goers since 2007. Their menu is simple with a focus on sustainably caught fish and hand cut chips.


Mac Daddies is a new Herefordshire-based street food trader offering the most amazing mac and cheese with incredible toppings, catering for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and children. Pushing the limits of what should go on mac, they work hard to create layers of flavour that compliment each other in a fantastic way. Come and see them for some cheesy goodness.


Manuka’s cuisine has a strong Thai influence with most dishes containing no dairy or gluten. They slowly braise locally sourced meats to make their curries and stir-fries, which are light and full of flavour, with fresh herbs and spices. Their incredibly popular Triple Cooked Fries are loaded with a selection of toppings, all made from scratch.


Amazing mezze by Amber’s Woodfired Kitchen includes a variety of meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes from the Middle East and the Levantine. They’re also available for private hire, weddings and corporate events.


The Beefy Boys started out in 2011 as four backyard amateur cooks with a huge love and passion for local produce and American style BBQ. Now they’re an award-winning restaurant chain and street food trader with locations in Hereford, Shrewsbury and Cheltenham. Everything is cooked fresh to order using the highest quality ingredients and Herefordshire beef.


The Fritter Shack is a family-owned vegetarian food company from Wales offering plenty of options for those with special dietary requirements. They have lots to offer, from veggie burgers to a full plate of wholesome vegetarian goodness that’s fresh, delicious and colourful. A typical meal would be coconut dal, crispy vegetable fritters with your choice of salads (think: grape ruby slaw, carrot and orange with pomegranate and Mediterranean garden green), all topped with homemade chilli jam.


Hay Festival 2022 Sustainability Gold Award winners, The Good Slice serves delicious Neapolitan wood-fired pizza with purpose. Each dough is hand stretched, topped with the finest ingredients and fired at 400 degrees in clay ovens. For every pizza sold, a meal is provided to someone in need. They also provide pizzaiolo training to those who have been affected by homelessness. #EatGoodDoGood


A gourmet catering company based in Hay-on-Wye who are focused on delivering high-quality food using the best seasonal and local produce. Trigg’s kebabs are made with handmade flatbreads cooked over an open fire and are filled to the brim with free-range locally-sourced meat, organic vegetables, chunky slaw and a variety of pickles, salads and sauces!


Wrap It serve a range of vegetarian and vegan toasted wraps themed around the globe, including falafels. A combination of delicious flavours wrapped up tight and lightly toasted – the perfect food to have in your hand while enjoying your day at Hay Festival.


Yellow Turban Thali offer home-made, healthy, vegan, tasty curries, using the best ingredients and home-roasted spices for an authentic flavour. They are continually improving their sustainability and their recipes to give you a healthy, tasty experience.