NEWPORT was turned into a foodie paradise on Saturday as thousands descended into the city centre for the popular food festival.

Now in its seventh year, The Tiny Rebel Newport Food & Drink Festival featured more than 70 exhibitor stalls and these ranged from churros to Welsh cheese and from samosas to cupcakes.

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They were spread across High Street, the bottom of Commercial Street and Bridge Street.

There was plenty of drink on offer too, such as from Tiny Rebel brewery or Williams Brothers Cider.

One of the highlights of the festival was the Teenchef competition final, which saw a youth club from Underwood and one from Alway cooking two separate dishes.

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In the “closest final” they have ever had, judges decided “Alway angels” as the winners due to “the different dimensions of the food”.

“Alway angels” member Destiny Reynolds-Weir said the experience has been “amazing”.

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The 12-year-old said: “I really like the fact we won.

“We have been practising for about two months.

“Because we are Jamaican, we decided to make something with a Jamaican twist.

"Jamaican food has all the flavours - everyone enjoys Jamaican food.”

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The girls will now get to spend a few hours in the kitchen of Hywel Jones, the patron of the food festival and one of the judges of the competition, in Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa.

Following the competition, Hywel Jones himself did a chef demonstration where he prepared a soufflé.

There were several chef demonstrations throughout the day, spreading across the upstairs of the market and the Pobl offices, both in High Street.

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Chris Shorrock, from Cardiff, was at the food festival with his wife and two children.

“It is the first time we have come,” he said. “It is really good, there is a lot of variety.

“A food festival is not something we normally travel for, but this was worth the journey.”

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Kerry Voke, from the Eveswell area of Newport, was one of the stall holders at the festival.

Mrs Voke, of Leaf & Petal, which sells loose leaf tea and teaware, said: “This is brilliant, absolutely fantastic.

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“It is great to see something like this in our city. I like the atmosphere, especially the music.

“Everybody is happy and enjoying themselves.”

Tiny Rebel Brewing co-founder and director Bradley Cummings said this year’s food festival has been attended “by a lot more people” than last year, when 14,000 people attended.

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He said it was good to highlight the independent traders in that part of the city centre.

“It is great to see a lot of people in the bars and restaurants, as well as in the market and arcade,” he added.

“Everybody seems happy, both the traders and the public.”

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All photos by Chris Tinsley www.christinsleyphotography.co.uk