This bank holiday is the perfect time for a food-lover in Wales to try something new. But….what to do?
Here are my suggestions to sweeten the three-day weekend with some top-notch Welsh food and drink activities:
1. Take a trip to Selwyn’s Penclawdd Seafoods in Marsh Road, Llanmorlais, Swansea, to pick up some world-famous Penclawdd cockles, laverbread, or crispy seaweed for a real taste of the Gower. You could also bring home some seaweed soap.
2. Make your way along the Clwydian food trail, showcasing the gastronomic delights of the north Wales area of outstanding natural beauty. The trial which can be easily driven in a day goes from Loggerheads through the market towns of Ruthin and Denbigh, on to Llandyrmog and back through the Vale of Clwyd. It starts at Caffi Florence in Loggerheads Country Park, takes in Rhesgoed Farm Shop and Leonardo’s Delicatessen in Ruthin, Denbigh Chocolate Shop, Rosies Cider, Patchwork Pate and Llaeth y Llan.
Find out more at http://www.foodtrail.co.uk
3. Visit the pop-up street food night market in Cardiff city centre, which is running throughout May and June.
The street food circus is open between 5pm and 11pm at the old stable yard, John Street, and includes food from Hokkei Box – Baos, Purple Poppadom Street Kitchen, Hangfire Smoke House, Mr Churros, Slow Pig, El Salsa, Ffwrness, Tipi Pizza, Patagonia Steak Shack, and Nelly’s Barn.
4. Check out the Welsh perry and cider festival at Caldicot Castle and sample some of the 120 perries and ciders on offer. See previous Gusto post for details.
5. Treat yourself to a gorgeous ice cream from Verdi’s at the Mumbles. The ice cream parlour has fantastic sea views and is the perfect pit-stop after a day’s walking. The Turkish delight ice cream is a personal favourite.
6. Stroll through the vines at Parva Farm vineyard in Tintern, sample and buy some of the winery’s award-winning vintages.
Enjoy your bank holiday!