Once again Picnic Penarth – the town’s annual street-food event has taken-over Station Approach for a weekend of outdoor cooking, live music and locally-produced food and drink.
There was sheltered seating available under open marquees set up in Station Approach but almost all the seats were taken.
A few bales of hay provided for outdoor seating – but the the one thing which is always conspicuously missing from Picnic Penarth is grass – or any semblance of same.
A handful of families resorted to squatting on the grubby roadside kerb to eat their alfreco meals.
Some customers thought that artificial grass laid around the picnic area would be a good idea – and help give those attending more of a feel of an actual country picnic.
In many ways the event – launched in 2015 – is still bedding down and in the early stages of development.
The first “Picnic” was held in September 2015 outside Gimber Motors. The second, in Spring 2016, took-over the whole of Station Approach and this weekend’s event is the third.
There were several famous faces amongst the customers ranging from a clutch of local tv news presenters to Penarth’s world-famous opera singer Sir Bryn Terfel – who was sampling Picnic Penarth for the first time.
Last autumn’s scheduled “Picnic Penarth” was cancelled at short notice when the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council refused to provide any funding for the event.
That left Penarth Town Council needing to find £2,000 from sponsorship – forcing the third Picnic to be deferred until now .
Although Station Approach had been closed off to traffic since Friday evening the Picnic event proper didn’t begin until 15:00 yesterday (Saturday) afternoon – running to 22:00
Despite a cool, grey start – the weather picked up, the sun came out and the crowds came along to enjoy the ambience, sample the local wine and beer and taste a wide range of freshly-cooked dishes – ranging from the local to the oriental.
Traders reported brisk business and by 17:00 there were queues lining up outside most of the street-food outlets. Today (Sunday) Picnic Penarth will run from 11:00 to 19:00.