Six months in the making, fist in mouth as we waited to see if the Welsh Assembly would kindly sponsor us (that is, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas), with True Taste and the Ceredigion Rural Events Programme and Llandysul Community Council.
There have been many meetings with the committee, the members give their time freely. We have a paid co-ordinator, who works part time for Llandysul & Pont Tyweli Ymlaen and so of course is working on many other projects at the same time. She has made countless phone calls and sent many letters to sponsors, marquee companies, entertainers etc. Stallholders have been booking their stalls since December, and even this week more bookings are coming in. We’ve been out in three counties distributing posters and flyers. Even yesterday, a volunteer went around Llandysul handing out balloons to shops.
I’ve still to write a speech to introduce Dewi Pws who opens the Festival (at 11am). But, I’ll have to also thank the volunteers and tell people about the highlights of the festival. I’m already quite scared and will be terrified by Saturday. I’m not good at public speaking, that’s why I’ve got to get it down on paper – plus it will have to be bilingual. Most of the people I know well around here, are going away on Saturday; Austria, Spain, France even Aberystwyth! Luckily, I don’t know that many people, so the chances are that there still will be a good amount of visitors. Fingers crossed.
So, as you can see, I’m in a bit of a panic mode, made worse by looking at the weather forecast just now. It’s predicting rain for Thursday and Friday but sun for Saturday. Although, I’m not sure if I should take any notice of BBC weather, right now it says it’s pouring down with rain, and yet the reality is, the sun in shining. Long may it do so, at least until next week.
Llandysul Food Festival is on Saturday 27th June at 11am in Llandysul Park: see http://www.llandysulfood.co.uk for details.