Press Release

A NEWPORT baker who won the hearts of thousands of viewers on the Great British Bake Off will give his first demonstration at the Wye Valley Winter Festival this weekend.

Father-of-four Jon Jenkins, who appeared on our screens in the recent series of the popular television show will be in the chef’s theatre at the free-entry festival at Chepstow Racecourse on Sunday (Dec 2nd)

More than 60 stalls offering food, drink and gifts will take over the prestigious venue which will be transformed into a marketplace offering visitors an array of culinary delights, craft and gift stalls, live music, Santa’s Grotto, a kid’s disco, and cooking demonstrations making it a family-filled fun day out.

Youngsters will have the chance to meet Santa in his Grotto and have their photo taken with him, or join in the fun at a disco run by Endless Entertainment Events Ltd, and enjoy kids rides.

Penny Lewis, of the Culinary Cottage Cookery School

Penny Lewis – The Culinary Cottage Cookery School

The Chef’s Theatre will be hosted by Penny Lewis, of the Culinary Cottage Cookery School, near Abergavenny. Among the highlights are a demonstration from Penny herself and Mr Jenkins, who will be on stage at 2.30pm.

“I’m really looking forward to doing a live demonstration in my local area and happy to answer questions about myself and the show,” said Mr Jenkins.

Among the acts to perform live on stage in the main marquee are The Rock Choir at 11am, Mid-Life Crisis at 12.10pm and Catch 22 at 4pm.

The Wye Valley Food Festival, which took place in September, attracted around 5,000 visitors over two days.

Festival organiser, Katharine Skellon, of Abergavenny, said: “We want to offer a family-filled day out with Santa, fair rides, face-painting and kid’s disco as well as the chance to do some early Christmas shopping and enjoy a range of food and drink from mulled wine to crepes, hog roast, mead and gifts such as candles, bags, jewellery and hats.”


The Wye Valley Winter Festival takes place at Chepstow Racecourse, between 10am and midday on December 2nd 2018.

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Rock Choir singing at the Newport Christmas lights switch on.

Jon Jenkins, from The Great British Bake Off will be in our Chef Theatre