Food, drink & exhibitors

Join us in the Festival Tent foyer for more holiday cheer. Enjoy seasonal refreshments, browse our Bookshop and visit our wonderful exhibitors for unique holiday gifts.


We stock books by all the Festival authors, and host signings immediately after each event. We'll have our latest Book of the Month, and our own Hay Festival publications too. Come along and explore.


Festival merchandise for you to browse and buy: the perfect Christmas gifts for literary friends and family. Or spoil yourself...

There's the 2019 edition in our series of collectible Emma Bridgewater mugs, a choice of colourful cosy hoodies or t-shirts, and a range of Hay Festival branded stationery – notebooks, journals, pens, pencils and bookmarks, suitable for writers of all ages. We look forward to welcoming you.

Food & drink

HAY FESTIVAL BAR by Riverbank Bars

Meet at the Bar for a convivial drink or two.

Facebook @RiverbankBars


Hereford's premier burger, beer and cocktail joint comes to Hay.


Coffee Cart serve the finest fresh coffee and tea throughout the festival.



Cambrian Mountains Wool is a community interest company, founded with support from the Cambrian Mountains Initiative - inspired by HRH the Prince of Wales to help develop the rural hill farming economy of this beautiful, wild region. We are developing fine knitting and weaving yarns from the wool grown in Mid-Wales, commissioning tweed fabrics from native Welsh fleeces, and supporting local makers and designers. We’ll be bringing our yarns and kits, and showcasing products from makers and hand-dyers working with Cambrian Mountains Wool, as well as some of the community projects we support.  |


New Spirit – Old Tradition. Exhilarating drinks derived from the bountiful hills of Wales.

These spirit drinks have been enhanced in the medieval country tradition of adding extra fruit, herbs and spices as pick-me-ups and stimulants, to produce magical elixirs.  |  01407 730021


The constantly evolving FARMERS' Welsh Lavender makes nourishing bodycare products in the hills of Wales, half an hour by car from Hay-on-Wye. In 2003, journalist Nancy Durham and philosopher Bill Newton-Smith decided to see if lavender would grow on their windswept hillside at 1,100 feet. It did, and the oil they distil on the farm is the unique ingredient in many of their products. New to the line this year is Face Cream. They’re bringing their farm shop to the festival filled with their creams and balms and their latest collection of FARMERS’ provisions including bags, mugs and other delightful objects made in Wales and beyond. FARMERS’ products can now be found around the world.  |  Facebook Farmers' Welsh Lavender  |  Follow @welshlavender  |  01982 552 467


Purveyors of scented stories – each of Literati & Light's eco-friendly home fragrance products is inspired by a great work of literature and poured by hand in the UK.


Home of the world’s best reading lights. Our sole focus for 30 years has been developing unique reading lights that help serious readers unlock the joy of reading for longer in more comfort. It is easy to miss the fact that all sight is light and that the right light will transform what you can see and take the strain away from your eyes.


The Great English Outdoors make and source beautiful things from natural materials – source-assured unusual tailored clothing and knitwear for men and women, objects for the home and garden, handmade leatherwork, Welsh blankets and textiles – all from the well-known shop in Hay and online. | Instagram @englishoutdoors | 01497 821 205


The Woodland Trust wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife – join them to discover how your support can make a difference. Meet the friendly team and learn about their ambition to plant a tree for every person in the UK by 2025.  |