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Cardiff gets a taste of the countryside

It's the first time the Cardiff Country Fair has been held Credit: Matthew Horwood Photography

The heart of the countryside has been brought to the city this weekend as the Cardiff Country Fair gets underway in the capital.

Celebrating the essence of rural Wales, the agricultural event is the first of its kind and will see some of the best livestock on show from across Wales.

The fair will take place every other year alternating with the Great British Cheese Festival which will now be held biannually.

As well as a John Deere tractor display from across the decades and a variety of local produce, the festival will also hold a key debate on the future of Welsh food.

Figures from the food and farming community will discuss the future of the food industry in Wales. Speaking directly to an urban audience, this afternoon's debate will focus on how the sector is rising to the challenge of food quality and the growing demand for local produce.

It will also touch on topics around healthy eating and how the industry is selling itself and the produce made in Wales to external markets.

Cabinet Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure, Cllr Huw Thomas said:

"The Cardiff Country Fair joins the list of prestigious events across the city like Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival and the Great British Cheese Festival. I am proud of our ability to deliver unique and interesting events which are a real draw for residents and visitors alike."

Director of NFU Cymru, Mary James said:

"People across the UK are becoming increasingly interested in where their food comes from. The Cardiff Country Fair is a progressive step by a local authority to celebrate the countryside and help answer the hugely important question of food provenance."