VISITORS to this year’s Usk Winter Festival can enjoy live music and street food whilst Christmas shopping.

Thousands are expected to descend on the historic Twyn Square for the two-day event in December.

With over 50 traders,  foodies can sample dishes from around the world, ranging from  Venezuelan to Spanish, Italian, Polish, Chinese, Portugese and Mexican.

For those needing inspiration for Christmas gifts there will be plenty on offer ranging from candles to ceramics, glass art, unusual Christmas decorations, hats, aromatherapy products, and wooden and up-cycled gifts.

Among the newcomers are the Welsh luxury handmade cake business ‘Ridiculously Rich by Alana’ run by Lord Sugar and his business partner Alana Spencer (last year’s winner of the BBC series The Apprentice)  and a 1967 big red London Routemaster bus that transforms itself into a fully functioning bar serving mulled wine and cider amongst other drinks.

Locally crafted beers, wines, liqueurs, cocktails and spirits will also be on offer.

For festive gift ideas there will be plenty to choose from including the Usk-based Quinnell Candle Company, Honey Bee Beautiful with its natural skincare products, Cag Rodwell Glass Art and the National Trust to name a few.

The family-friendly festival will offer children’s activities, including facepainting and rides as well as live music performed by local choirs and musicians.

The event’s organiser Phillip Mungeam, Chairman of the Usk Markets and Festivals Committee, said : “This year’s event will be bigger than the last with over 50 stalls offering

Street food,  Christmas shopping, live music and children’s activities.”

“With mulled wine being served and carols sung we hope it will create a festive atmosphere and fun for all the family,” he added.

The festival takes place between 10am and 6pm on December 2 and 3. Entry is free.

Anyone interested in showcasing their musical talent on stage can email: contact us on Facebook at Usk Food Festival or via Twitter @uskfoodfestival