Have a merry veggie Christmas with these recipes

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Vegan Christmas pie

Here are some mouth-watering Christmas recipes for veggies or the veggie in your life.

Try out this recipe for a vegan Christmas pie from The Vegetarian Society – this should fit in with the other Christmas trimmings and feed between six and eight people.

http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/recipe.aspx?cId=808&cMenu=0&keywords=christmas&andor=all&submit=Search

Watch the video recipe here:

Try serving it with roasted garlic lemon broccoli from allrecipes UK – watch the video recipe here:

 

The Vegetarian Society also has a recipe for a Christmas sauce which is also gluten-free.

http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/recipe.aspx?cId=811&cMenu=0&keywords=christmas&andor=all&submit=Search

Try out the society’s Christmas pudding trifles as a sweet treat.

http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/recipe.aspx?cId=422&counter=36&submit2=Next&keywords=christmas&andor=all&cMenu=0

The society has a Christmas toffee pudding recipe too.

http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/recipe.aspx?cId=421&counter=36&submit2=Next&keywords=christmas&andor=all&cMenu=0

And this exotic Christmas pud serves eight.

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Exotic Christmas pud

http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/recipe.aspx?cId=129&counter=45&submit2=Next&keywords=christmas&andor=all&cMenu=0

 

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Sweet success for The Cake Lady

MARIA WILLIAMS meets a businesswoman having a generous slice of success thanks to her cake creations.

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The Cake Lady: Judith Bond

Many people would envy Judith Bond’s working life.

From her kitchen in her tramwayman’s cottage on the Great Orme, she spends her time baking and decorating mouth-watering and beautiful cakes, and creating new flavours, while looking out at the stunning scenery of the Bay of Llandudno.

It couldn’t be more different from her previous roles in 20 years working in administration, for part of that time working in the offices of North Wales AMs Darren Millar and Janet Finch-Saunders.

A graduate of University College of Ripon and York St John with a degree in history and American studies, and a higher diploma in administration, Judith carved out a career as a PA and office manager.

When she decided to switch paths and set up her own business, those organisational skills proved invaluable.

Her choice of business came from her passion for baking.

“It began in my twenties and thirties, baking for my friends and family,” she says.

“I started collecting recipes two and a half years ago. Then, a good friend asked me to bake her wedding cake. I had never done that before. I had never made sugar decorations before. I had to go on YouTube to find out how to do it!

“She told me she wanted four tiers, lace, and red roses. She also wanted a fruit cake, which is not usual these days, as most people ask for sponge wedding cakes.

“There was a lot of stress and anxiety about that cake, and it was so heavy. I had to carefully carry it down to the hotel in Llandudno where the reception was taking place.

“Thankfully, it all went really well. That’s where my business was born, really.”

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Some of Judith Bond’s cake creations

Judith gained her food safety certificates and registered her business, Judith Bond Cakes. Now, it has a 5* hygiene rating.

Judith, 44, creates celebration cakes for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, christenings, engagements, anniversaries, retirements, and graduations.

She also makes cup cakes in 12 flavours – including salted caramel, almond amaretto, blackberry cheesecake, and rose pistachio – a favourite for birthday parties and gift boxes.

Judith is also expanding her business into the corporate market, offering cup cakes as business gifts, or for corporate events, and she is able to make gluten-free cakes, or cakes for those with other special dietary needs.

She’s a keen photographer, taking pictures of her creations for her website http://www.judithbondcakes.co.uk/, and is an active blogger, sharing her experience with her customers and readers.

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Judith Bond’s cup cakes

“I enjoy using social media, building up a good relationship with my customers, and I love taking pictures,” she says.

While Judith bakes her cakes, she’s helped with other parts of the business, like deliveries, by her husband Barry.

When I talk to Judith, she’s working on Christmas orders and has just attended her home town’s Christmas food and drink fair.

“I love meeting my customers. I believe the Llandudno event is one of the biggest Christmas food and drink events in Wales,” she says.

The event was a success, and Judith is pleased with her business’ progress.

“Other people might have wanted a faster expansion, to take on a factory unit and staff, but I’m exactly where I want to be with it at the moment. I’m happy to be expanding little by little,” she says.

“The best thing to do if you’re considering setting up a cake business is to speak to those who have done it and get as much advice as you can.

“They can tell you some of the pitfalls. I found I was competing with some people who are selling cakes on Facebook and shouldn’t be doing it – sometimes, they haven’t registered properly, or don’t have the proper food safety certificates, for example.

“My business is going from strength to strength, there’s a great interest in baking now thanks to the Great British Bake Off.

“My ambition is to be known as The Cake Lady.”

There’s an enduring feelgood factor about running a business based on baking, and that attracts loyalty from customers.

As Judith says: “Everybody loves cake.”

Nine ways to make your Christmas a Welsh feast

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This Christmas, why not support Welsh food producers? Here are nine ways you can make your festive essentials Welsh.

Turkey

Graig Farm in Mochdre produces organic Christmas turkeys from £47.80.

The farm in Montgomeryshire has been in the same family since the 1940s. Jonathan Rees, the proprietor of Graig Farm Organics, has lived there all of his life.   His parents still play an active role, and his wife Sally and three young sons, Maldwyn, Max and Archie, are also involved.

In 1999 the family achieved their ambition to farm organically.   They take watch their lambs and cattle graze on lush pastures full of grasses, clovers and herbs, and the pigs forage in the woods.

In 2002, a purpose built cutting plant was erected on the farm and the family began supplying some of the best restaurants in the country.  The Dorchester in London was one of their first major clients.

www.graigfarm.co.uk.

Potatoes

What better than a potato called Rudolph for your Christmas dinner?

Puffin Produce Ltd, which is majority owned by a group of farmers in Pembrokeshire, is supplied by a farmers in Pembrokeshire and the Wye Valley, grow the red-skinned variety alongside Maris Peer Pembrokeshire Earlies and Estima Bakers. They created the Blas y Tir brand which can now be found in major supermarkets across Wales.

See a list of the growers here http://puffinproduce.com/farmers/grower

Mince pies

The Welsh Hills Bakery in Hirwaun makes gluten-free cakes and pies – perfect for any festive visitor.

The firm charges £2.53 for a box of four luxury mince pies.

Welsh Hills Bakery, an established bakery for nearly 60 years, started making gluten free cakes and short crust pastry pies in 2001 and was the first to supply two of the UK major supermarket chains with their own brand of gluten free products.

In 2008, they launched their own brand of gluten-free products named Lovemore Free From Foods which now includes a range of shortbreads and cookies, along with traditional apple pies and cherry Bakewells, fruit slab cakes and iced cakes along with mince pies.

All Lovemore products are approved by the Coeliac Society.

http://www.lovemorefoods.com/our-range/seasonal/mince-pies/

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Christmas pudding

You could try a Christmas pudding from the Siwgr a Sbeis Bakery in Llanrwst, for between £4 and £12.

The bakery has been a resounding success since it was started in 1989 by two school friends, Rhian Williams and Rhian Owen. It produces an extensive range of cakes (Victoria sponge, coffee cake, carrot cake), muffins, scones, mince pies, flapjacks, fruit cake and Christmas pudding as well as savoury quiches and salads.

Not a fan of Christmas pud? The bakery also makes a speciality called Quiche Eryri, the principal ingredient of which is Snowdonia Cheese and Toffoc Crunch (vodka liqueur). The recipe uses the Welsh vodka liqueur with a crumb base to create a cheesecake-style dessert.

http://www.siwgrasbeis.com/

Brussels sprouts

Try out the sprouts from Whitebrook Organic Growers, based at Llanvaches near Newport, Gwent.

They say there are no pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides used on their produce and all plant and chicken feed used is organic and GM free.

Catch them at Usk Farmers’ Market on December 5 and December 19.

Wine

Sample some of the wines from White Castle Vineyard, Abergavenny, for your table this festive season.

Their 2014 Rondo, a rich, full-bodied red, is £19.50 a bottle, and their sparkling rose is £23 a bottle.

The vineyard’s Gwin gwyn 2014, a dry delicate white wine made from a selected blend of Phoenix and Siegerrebe grape varieties, is £15 a bottle.

http://www.whitecastlevineyard.com/welsh_wines.html

Chocolates

Tuck into something sweet from the Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company which produces handmade chocolates from its base on the outskirts of Haverfordwest. The company is run by couple Mark and Karen Owen.

The “Decadent Selection” of 48 handmade chocolates costs £35.99.

http://wickedlywelsh.co.uk/shop/

Cheese

Fill your platter with cheeses from Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheeses. The business was established in 1983 when the Jennings family returned to Wales from the Middle East where they had been involved in setting up some of the first commercial dairy enterprises in Libya and North Yemen.

The family business is run by David, Cynthia and Jason Jennings at their small traditional hill farm in the foothills of the Preseli Mountains at Rosebush, Pembrokeshire.

All their cheese is suitable for vegetarians as they use vegetarian rennet.

Their gold Christmas hamper is £38.25 and includes 1.6kg of all seven of their cheeses, guest cheese Welsh Perl Las, a jar of chutney, mustard, Welsh cakes butter, and shortbread.

http://www.pantmawrcheeses.co.uk/

Liqueurs

Condessa based at Holyhead, Anglesey, has been making the Welsh liqueurs for over 40 years. The firm’s range includes fruit to cream liqueurs, cocktail recipes and liqueur gift boxes.

Its Original Welsh Cream is £14.65 for 50cl, while its Welsh sloe gin is £15.46 per 50cl bottle.

http://www.condessa.co.uk/
 

 

 

13 places to get a delicious taste of Christmas at markets and fairs

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Get a taste of the festive season and spice up your Christmas shopping

Feel the need for a taste of the festive season as you shop? Here is Gusto’s guide to some of the best Christmas markets and fairs in Wales.

ABERGAVENNY

Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair December 14 – see my separate blog on this event with all the details you need here.

ABERGLASNEY

Aberglasney Winter Fair, Camarthenshire, December 4 to 6, Friday 2.00pm – 6.00pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4.30pm.

The site will be transformed into a ‘Winter Wonderland’ and Christmas shopper’s paradise, with almost 100 stalls selling gifts, crafts, decorations and fine food.There will also be entertainment ranging from traditional choirs to silver bands who will perform across the weekend. Aberglasney Gardens’ restored grade II* listed mansion will be filled with stalls as will a large marquee on the North Lawn in front of the mansion itself.  A separate fine food marquee gives you the opportunity to stock up on all your festive favourites with some of the regions very best producers exhibiting again this year. As well as a range of food outlets for ‘on the go’ eating Aberglasney’s Tearooms ‘MaryEllen’s’ will have a special menu. 

Admission prices:
£8.00 Adult/OAP
£4.00 Children (5 – 16, under 5’s Free)
£20.00 Family Ticket *2 Adults + 2 Children
….with a complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie for all visitors.

ANGLESEY

Plas Newydd Christmas food and craft fair, December 6 and 7. Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens at Llanfairpwll will play host to 60 stalls from 11am to 4pm. Entry costs £1 per adult, and 50p per child.

BLACKWOOD

Blackwood Christmas Market December 17. Stalls, entertainment and funfair rides will take over the town centre.

BUILTH WELLS

Royal Welsh Winter Fair November 30 and December 1 at The Showground, Llanelwedd. Alongside the judging of livestock, poultry and horses in the main indoor arenas, and the judging of floral art, produce and handicrafts in the South Glamorgan Hall, will be the cream of the food crop from Wales.
The Food Hall will offer the best of Welsh produce, and there will be a Christmas Farmers’ Market offering stalls with food and drink to take home, and a warming mulled wine.

Admission Prices

Single day tickets Advanced – Pre Show Gate Price
Adult £ 12.00 £ 14.00
Children (5-16 yrs) £ 5.00 £ 5.00
Children 4 years and under FREE
Two day tickets Advanced – Pre Show
Gate Price
Adult £ 22.00 £ 26.00

CARDIFF

Christmas Market November 12 to December 23 – see my separate blog on this, with a full list of stalls, here.

Winter Wonderland November 12 to January 3. Revellers looking for a taste of the festive season after their skating at the site outside City Hall and the National Museum of Wales can visit the new Bierkeller Bar to sample a gluhwein or beer. The catering area’s chalet units will serve treats including German sausages cooked on a traditional swing grill and freshly made crepes.

Opening times:

Until 21st December:
Monday to Friday:  11am – 10pm
Saturdays: 9:45 am – 10pm
Sundays: 9:45 am – 8:45pm
 From 21st December 
 Monday to Sunday: 9:45 am – 10pm
Christmas Eve: 9:45am – 8:45pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11am – 6:15pm
New Year’s Eve: 9:45am – 12:30am 

For ticket prices for the attractions including skating click here.

CAERPHILLY

Caerphilly Christmas Fair December 12 and 13 in the town centre and castle. More than 100 traders will descend on the town, along with activities and entertainment for the family. Enter the castle to discover a medieval castle dressed for the occasion, where you can enjoy entertainment as well as the chance to see Father Christmas and his sleigh. On the Saturday, there will be a real life reindeer.

Refreshments will be available, including a tea room, a hog roast, mulled wine and minced pies.

The castle is open between 9.30am and 5pm

Castle Entry Prices
Adult – £5.50
Family – £16.50*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.10
Member – Free
Disabled and companion – Free

*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

HAY ON WYE

Hay Festive Market November 14. There will be stalls at the Butter Market selling Christmas gifts alongside the best local vegetables, game, preserves and chutneys, and breads.

LLANDUDNO

Llandudno Christmas Fayre November 19 to November 22 in Madoc Street and Trinity Square.

This market has 140 food and craft stalls including continental foods and cooking demonstrations using local produce every day. Last year, it attracted 30,000 visitors in four days. Great Orme Brewery of Llandudno will be hosting a bar serving 10 local beers on draft.

Exhibitors will include:

Edwards of Conwy

Blas Ar Fwyd

Pant Du Vineyard

Kat’s Candy Carts of Conwy

Wild Horse Brewing Company

Goetre Farm Preserves

Snowdonia Cheese Company

Foel Farm Anglesey farmhouse chocs

Marshside Teas

LLANERCHAERON, CEREDIGION

Llanerchaeron Christmas Fair December 6 and 7, 11am to 4pm. There will be more than 70 local food and craft stalls. The John Nash villa at Ciliau Aeron will be decorated for Christmas, there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a treasure hunt for the children.

SWANSEA

Christmas Markets November 25 to December 22. Oxford Street. Market Opening Times – Monday to Saturday – 9.30am to 5.30pm; Sunday – 10.00am to 5.00pm. Stalls offering arts, crafts, handmade gifts, fine foods, speciality products, unique Christmas decorations and festive essentials .Foodies can soak up the atmosphere while sipping a glass of mulled wine and keep warm and well fed with a hearty hog roast, crepes and hot turkey rolls.  Entertainment will be scheduled throughout the duration of the market.

Waterfront Winterland –  November 13 to January 3. Museum Park, in the grounds of the National Waterfront Museum, is transformed for the 10th year into Waterfront Winterland. Enjoy ice skating on the Admiral ice rink and children’s rink; visit Santa’s Grotto, experience the festive family funfair, taste delicious food from the Alpine dining cabins and returning for 2015, the Big Wheel.

Opening Times

Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Monday to Friday: (until 18 Dec) 12 noon – 10.00pm
Monday to Friday: (from 21 Dec – 3 Jan) 10.00am – 10.00pm
Christmas Eve: 10.00am – 7.00pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: 12 noon – 7.00pm
New Year’s Eve: 10.00am – 10.00pm
New Year’s Day: 12 noon – 7.00pm

*On all days  – the last skate is 1 hour prior to the advertised closing time

TENBY

Carew Castle Christmas Fayre December 7. There will be stalls including local produce, jewellery, textiles, confectionery, knitware, memorabilia, and local artwork. There will also be face painting and a chance to meet Santa in his grotto. Normal entry fee will include a mince pie.

WREXHAM

Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market, December 10, noon to 8pm. There will be 80 stalls selling a selection of festive treats and gifts, at St Giles’ Parish Church and Church Street. There will be crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts and stocking fillers alongside delicious hot food and drinks, including tasty mulled wine and hot smoked sausages. The event is free.

Food firms to tempt visitors to Cardiff Christmas Market’s 190 stalls

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Thousands are expected to shop at Cardiff Christmas Market

Cardiff’s Christmas Market opens tomorrow – and a number of its stalls offer food and drink treats for your festive shopping.

The market, organised by Craft Folk, will be held at St John Street, Working Street, The Hayes, Hills Street and Trinity Street
Trading Hours – Thursday November 12 (first day) 10am to 8pm. Then – 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm Sunday and 10am to 7pm every Thursday in December. Wednesday December 23 ( last day) 10am to 4pm.

Visitors can commission personalised gifts, sample the food and drink on offer or enjoy a glass of mulled wine to keep warm while browsing. There is a selection of whisky, wines, fruit and cream liqueurs, cheese, hot welsh cakes, roasted nuts, chocolate brownies and delicious hand-made chocolates.

Food exhibitors include Delicia Cakes and Teas, gourmet vegan pies from Mr Nice Pie, spicy products from The Wiltshire Chilli Farm, Severn Ciders Ltd, Brynmawr artisan preserves producer Miss Daisy’s Kitchen, Nutty But Nice selling hot, roasted nuts, Field Bar Wine, and Fudge Philosophy.

Craft Folk says: “This year, we have an extensive rolling programme of over 190 individual businesses selling a wide variety of diverse arts and crafts interspersed with seasonal food and drink.”

EXHIBITORS:

Name Trading Name/Website Products Trading Dates
Harriett Addyman The Metal Press Plants and shells cast in pewter and silver as ornaments and jewellery 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Zoe Badger Honey Bee Handmade modern rag dolls, foxes and other soft toys 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Mike Baillon Rustic Reindeer Rustic reindeers, snowmen, owls and penguins of all shapes and sizes 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Anne Baker Miss Daisy’s Kitchen Seasonal artisan jams, chutneys, pickles and honey made with vintage recipes 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Phil Baker Reflective Images Black and white prints of Welsh towns dating from 1890 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Tracey Baker Tracey Baker Ceramics All things ceramic from sheep to cats to bowls and Christmas decorations 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Ruth Angharad Banks Angharad Banks A wide range of textiles for the home 12 Nov to 28 Nov and 17 Dec to 23 Dec
Jennie Barton Glassworks Design Fused and stained glass 22 Nov to 5 Dec
Beacons Creative Beacons Creative Wales Ltd Scented candles, firelights, organic soap and skincare products 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Noa and Geffen Blok NOA Jewellery Jewellery 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Alexana Blott Alexana Blott Sculpture Animal sculptures made from welded stainless steel cutlery 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Dean Bolt Dean Bolt Handthrown and hand built traditional and contemporary ceramics 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Cally Bowen Calleesy Jewellery and Gifts Handmade jewellery and gifts 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Roberta Brown Bobbi – Handmade Children’s Clothes Reversible children’s clothing 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Patricia Bullen-Whatling Pat Bullen-Whatling Gallery Original artwork and prints 22 Nov to 28 Nov
John Bullock Jormae Pourri Dried fruit decorations, wreaths, oils and candles 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Sarah Bunton Sarah Bunton Chocolates Delicious chocolates and luxury fudge 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Catherine Cains Cath’s Twisted Strings Arm knitted infinity scarves and lino cut prints 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Mike Cole Tangled Web Silver, copper and enamelled jewellery and unique ironwork 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Andrew Coslett Andrew Coslett – Fine Art Original artwork, limited edition prints and greetings cards 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Mark Daniel Cambrian Mill Woollen blankets, scarves, fabric and accessories 12 Nov to 23 Dec
David Davies Nutty But Nice Hot roasted nuts 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Karen Davies Purple Shoots A selection of artists and crafts people supported by Purple Shoots 12 Nov to 21 Nov
Rhys Davies Mexichim Mexican Chimeneas and cooking accessories. Recycled metal animals for the garden. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Sian Davies Sian Davies Handmade ceramics and small textiles with ceramic elements 12 Nov to 28 Nov
Nicola Day Land of Make Believe Handcrafted wooden gifts 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Natalie Dennis Bootys Loote Textiles, artwork and greetings cards 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Alex Duck Upton Cheyney Chilli Co Ltd All things chilli: sauces, chocolates, fudge, ciders and beers and chilli growing kits. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Chris Duggan Jackdaw Trading Ltd Handmade lanterns for the home and garden 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Richard Dunstone Woodwasp.co.uk Wooden and acrylic hanging ornaments, bookends and wooden wine boxes 17 Nov to 21 Nov and 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Leanne East Leanne East Illustrator and Designer Original artwork and prints. Art wooden panels 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Alice Eaton Field Bar Wine Homemade award winning fruit and flower wines 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Trudy Ebsworth-Espie Ebsworth Pots Domestic and garden ware hand thrown pottery 29 Nov to 12 Dec
Philippa Edmunds Fairydoorz All things fairy related from fairy doors to fairy dust and tooth chests 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Sarah Elam-Eager Sara & Heart Hand made jewellery. Vintage textiles made into soft furnishings. Artwork. Textile Fauxdermy and Christmas Cards 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Lynne Eller Barafundle Personalised story Cds 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Deborah Ellis Delicia Cakes & Teas Christmas cakes, puddings, loaf cakes and loose leaf teas from around the world 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Victoria Ellis The Mucky Cow Luxury Handmade Soaps Natural handmade soaps, bath bombs and oils 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Hilary Falls Inspirational Fabrics Original textile items in designer fabrics, soft toys and baby quilts 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Pablo Fernandez Churros Ole Authentic Spanish Churros with hot dipping sauce, custard and ice cream 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Hannah Fitt The SAFE Foundation Banana leaf and wicker work from Uganda and beadwork from India sold in support of the charity 12 Nov to 13 Nov
Nadene Fletcher Fired Design Fused and stained glass pendants and soldered vases 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Lee and Julie Ford By Olive Personalised jute and cotton bags and button artwork 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Wanda Freeman Hungry Dragons Gluten free Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, cookies and other speciality cakes.  Sugar free jams. Gift boxes. 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Stephen Gee Direct Beers Bottled beer with attitude 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Gareth Giddings Celtic Seren Pewter work: lovespoons, clocks and figurines and lots more 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Bo Grant The Shake Co Ltd Milkshakes and smoothies with homebaked seasonal goods 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Alistair Guthrie Crepe Escape Delicious sweet and savoury crepes made with local ingredients 17 Dec to 23 Dec
Paula van Haarlem Avalon Handmade semi precious stone jewellery 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Emyr Harris Mr Nice Pie Gourmet vegan pies 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Amanda Hartley Hofficraft Illustrated prints, fimo Christmas decorations, cards and cushion covers 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Sarah Hatton Hatton Willow Willow baskets, sculptures and hurdles 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Timmy Hutcheon Jewellery Basics Wales Hand crafted beaded, wire and fimo jewellery, bracelets and accessories 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Victoria Isaac Little Bit Different Vintage china jewellery, cake stands 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Rachel Irwin Glassybits Fused glass and fine silver jewellery and art glass panels on a coast theme 22 Nov to 28 Nov and 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Sian James Fun & Funky Stuff Handpainted wooden boxes, coasters, blocks and signs 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Enfys Jenkins Retro Aprons Cushions, aprons and other textiles all made from remnants and recycled products 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Jack and Tom Jennings Troyan Pottery Handmade authentic Bulgarian pottery for the home 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Chris Jones Corgi Hosiery Socks, hats and gloves for all the family and cashmere wraps 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Matthew Jones ‘Ave A Go Ceramics Handmade ceramic table and functional ware. You can even throw a pot too! 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Sue Jones Littleheartfelt Children’s dresses, swim bags, hair accessories and baby blankets. 12 Nov to 28 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Chen Jian Jian Chen’s Fine Art Framed and mounted original watercolours and prints 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Steve John Bang Bang Art Original artwork and prints. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Daniel Jones Welsh Slate Welsh slate for the home and garden 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Ceri Lambert Ceri Lambert Designs Button and badge collages. 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Kate Lewis Kate Lewis Jewellery Design Contemporary silver and gold jewellery from the Gower 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis Photography Mounted landscapes and wildlife photographic prints 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Rachel Limbrick Jamie-Erin Handcrafted Gifts Wooden plaques and scrabble frames and driftwood trees 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Gareth Lloyd Lloyd Ceramics A range of abstract, hand pierced ceramic lamps 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Laura Mackinnon Snowdonia Cheese Co Ltd A wide range of cheeses made in Wales 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Bryan Mapstone Llanmead Crafts Wooden fretwork in Welsh: hearts, words, wedding gifts, lovespoons and more 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Laura Matson-Thomas Koko Kitchen Ltd Chocolate brownies 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Stewart Maxwell Shokolat Novelty chocolate gifts 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Michelle Merrill RSPB Cymru Learn about the great work the RSPB do to conserve nature, and how you can help. 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Sally Mitchell Sockadoo Original soft toys hand made from socks 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Beth Morgan-Jones Ewemoo All things animal from foot rests to bunting and much much more 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Lisa Morgan Andorinha Individually hand died silk scarves 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Mandy Morgan Garth Mountain Silver Handmade solid silver jewellery 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Meinir Morgan Gyda Chariad Gifts Vintage Welsh blanket cushions and bunting 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Paul Morgan Uneek Workshop Original wooden products; bowls, vases, candle sticks, picture frames, signs and wooden hearts 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Simon Morgan The Wiltshire Chilli Farm Tasty chilli sauces, jam, chocolate, salt, pepper and oils. Dried and fresh chillies too and plants so that you can grow your own 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Laura and Andrew Morris Personalised Christmas Log Reindeers Wooden reindeers, snowmen and penguins 22 Nov to 17 Dec
Jen Mossemenear Twinkling Moo’s Hand crafted welsh wooden signs, plaques, Christmas decorations and gifts 6 Dec to 17 Dec
Suzette Mugliston The Quilted Pear Lap quilts, wall hangings, table runners, tea cosies and quillows 13 Dec to 17 Dec
Sally-Anne Nelson Condessa Welsh Liqueurs A wide selection of liqueurs, poteen and aged Celtic whiskey 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Tommy O’Rourke Rainbow Glass Creations Dichroic glass jewellery, tiffany and stained glass 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Gemma Owen Fabrikk Design Wrapping paper and gift tags plus cards and calendars 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Anna Palamar Anna Palamar Designs Screen printed cushions, free hand embroidered work 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Annie Pariyar Jalimali Events Hats, bags, scarves, clothing and knitwear all made by hand by their co-operative in Nepal 6 Dec to 23 Dec
Roy Peckham The Pit Pony Sanctuary Hand painted horseshoes, Christmas cushions and other gifts sold in aid of this charity 15 Nov to 21 Nov
Andrea Perkins Our Crafty Cwtch Personalised wooden plaques, hearts, trinket boxes and photo frames 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Trudi Petersen Pearls Dream Candles and Ferric Fusion Ironwork Candles and hand forged ironwork 13 Dec to 23 Dec
John Richard Phillips Bethan John Silver and gemstone jewellery. Fused glass work; bowls, platters, plaques and light fittings 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Emma Sian Pritchard Memosa Art Original artwork on canvas and in frames 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Heidi Radbone Liquorice All things felt: handbags, soaps, scarves, brooches to name just a few 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Rachel Rasmussen Rachel Rasmussen Artwork and sculptures inspired from her paintings 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Rhian Rees Material Girl Textiles: cushions, draught excluders, door stops and more 12 Nov to 16 Nov and 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Anwen Roberts Draenog Cards, prints, mugs and coasters all with a Welsh theme 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Rhiannon Roberts Rhiannon Art Original artwork framed and as place mats, coasters, glass cutting boards 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Victoria Rogers The Cardiff Story A variety of gifts sold in support of The Cardiff Story 29 Nov to 23 Dec
Geraint Sage and Grainne Nash Aromawakening Organic skincare products for all skin types 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Chris Saltmarshe Through Welsh Eyes Photographic images on canvas, blocks and frames 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Tony Seddon Rustique Rustic home and garden sundries, handmade and reclaimed lamps 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Claire Seely Claire Seely Glass Design Traditional handmade leaded glass work 6 Dec to 17 Dec
Greg Shearman Chock Shop Mouth watering chocolate brownies smothered in hot chocolate sauce 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Karen Shellam Fresh as a Daisy Delicious hot welshcakes and Welsh buttered Bara Brith 12 Nov to 28 Nov
Victoria Shepherd Signs of the Sea Painted wooden plaques, driftwood hangings, mirrors and trees 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Neal Shipp Celtic Country Wines Fruit wines and liqueurs.  Mulled wine by the glass – it is delicious! 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Severn Cider Severn Cider Ltd Award winning ciders and perrys to take home and enjoy. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Matt Smith The New Theatre Publicising tickets for their forthcoming New Theatre and St David’s Hall shows 14 November
Joy Sowden and Adrian Wilson Coinwear Old British and foreign coins made in a variety of gifts including cuff links, pendants and earrings. 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Daniel Stallard Daniel Stallard Artist Colourful images inspired by nature. 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Jeremy Thomas Jeremy Thomas Atmospheric framed artwork 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Marc Thomas Cartref a Gardd Fragrant candles in containers and reed diffusers 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Margaret Thomas Lili Wen Designs Hand made jewellery 29 Nov to 12 Dec
Megan Thomas Pretty Little Sewing Box Personalised Christmas stockings and decorations 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Sharon Thomas Belisama Candles Candles, wax melts and wooden wick jars 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Penny and Ian Thyer Leatherwise Ltd Handmade leather goods and accessories 23 Nov to 12 Dec
Martin Todd Beverly Todd – Glass Artist Glass art as pictures, sun catchers, coasters and dishes 12 Nov to 22 Nov
Amanda Treverrow Wire Art and Jewellery Delights Wire and hand forged art for the home and jewellery 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Rhys Watkins Crafty Devil Brewing Ltd A selection of craft beers brewed in Cardiff 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Phillip Watts Tirglas Crafts Wooden candle holders, driftwood decorations and lamps 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Katy Webster Miri Screen prints, textiles and illustrated jewellery 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Sara Wevill Sara Grace Wevill Ceramics Functional and decorative pottery and hand made beads 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Amanda Whitfield Fudge Philosophy Homemade fudge, meringues and chocolate bars 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Vivienne Wigmore Kalso-design Handmade jewellery and accessories 22 Nov to 28 Nov
Byron Williams CheekyBucket UK Fine art prints for all ages 12 Nov to 21 Nov, 29 Nov to 5 Dec and 18 Dec to 23 Dec
Jeremy Williams Herbs on the Hill Events A wide range of soaps, incense, massage oils and creams 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Jill Williams Fat Mamma’s Caribbean Patties Tasty Jamaican patties 12 November to 23 December
Julian Williams Natures Best Designs Luxury wooden homes for our winged and prickly friends 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Sara Llewelyn Williams Perl Jewellery made from cutlery. Silver and copper plated jewellery 29 Nov to 5 Dec
Jacqui Willmott JaxBee Crafts Handmade textile animal doorstops, birds, JaxBee dolls, quilts, lavender hearts, owls, seahorses and birds 12 Nov to 12 Dec
Hoppi Wimbush Flower Power Organics – Artisan Skincare Face and hand creams, lip balms and body butters 13 Dec to 23 Dec
Simon Winchester and Tahsin Zatman Win-Man Designs Origami Christmas cards, paper bonsai plants. Christmas decorations and paper wreaths 18 Dec to 23 Dec
David and Lucy Wittig Gift of Glass Handcrafted ornamental glassware with daily demonstrations 12 Nov to 21 Nov
Peter and Esther Wong Artbless Original artwork and hand designed jewellery 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Adrian Wood and Tanya Williams Crafty Gift Shop 3D box frame art, kit form lanterns, artwork and greetings cards 6 Dec to 12 Dec
Saifon Yoothapong Designer Florist Handmade flowers, candles and clay ornaments 12 Nov to 23 Dec
Business Wales
Sali Barter The Welsh Chocolate Experience Chocolate bars, lollipops and truffles. Hot chocolate stirrers. 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Stephen and Alison Birch Skalis Beith Recycled glass bottles, lamps, bowls, goblets, coasters, jewellery and beads 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Bo Grant The Shake Co Ltd Milkshakes and smoothies with homebaked seasonal goods 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Pamela Gresty Cwrtau Bach Deli Foods Company Fresh and preserved foods inspired by flavours across the globe 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Jan Tucker Fair Do’s Fair Trade gifts 12 Nov to 16 Nov
Rebecca Gunn Inch Blue Baby shoes and baby gro gift sets 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Cristyn Harris Little Bobbin House Lampshades, bunting, table runners and roll out beds 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Louise Smith Louise Smith Illustration Original drawings, paintings and small sculptural pieces 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Cherie Thomas Sew Unique Fleece children’s clothing and accessories 17 Nov to 21 Nov
Arielle Tye ProMo-Cymru/The Abacus Gifts sold in support of their charity 17 Nov to 21 Nov
David Griffiiths Teganau Tegid Toys Traditional wooden toys for children 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Yvette Herbert Glitzy Glasses and Jewellery Glittered glassware: vases, glasses, candles and jewellery 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Lisa Rees Contempo Catering Glamorgan sausages, seaweed suet pudding and other vegetarian dishes and a range of bakewell slices 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Beverley Thomas Fruitastic Bouquets Ltd Marshmallows and fruit covered in chocolate 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Joanna Tomczyszyn Jo Art and Design Home decorations, decoupage, jewellery, Christmas decorations 22 Nov to 26 Nov
Alexis Hughes Strawbees Designs Button art frames 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Eileen Moore Drop In Centre Development Trust A selection of cakes and gifts sold in support of the Drop In Centre 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Mandy Morgan Garth Mountain Silver Handmade solid silver jewellery 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Huw Williams Cosmic Anvil Comic books and associated artwork 27 Nov to 1 Dec
Jo Ashburner Red Dragon Flagmakers All things knicker related never seen before 2 Dec to 5 Dec
Catherine Hoar Fragrant Times Handmade bath and body products 2 Dec to 5 Dec
Grug Jones Cwm Rhondda Ales Real ale 2 Dec to 5 Dec
Amy Sian Lewis Little Valley Stitch House Textiles: Christmas bunting, cushions, stockings, wreaths 2 Dec to 5 Dec

Tickets go on sale for Abergavenny’s Christmas Food and Drink Fair

Wales
Festive stall holders at last year’s fair

Tickets are now on sale for Abergavenny’s Christmas Food and Drink Fair.

Organisers say the Christmas event, on Sunday December 13, promises a fantastic day out for the whole family filled with plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry.

The one-day event offers crafty card and chocolate making workshops for the perfect home-made Christmas to delicious goodies from more than 80 stallholders and free chef demonstrations to make Christmas dinner extra special.

Three venues will transform into a winter wonderland, with a host of seasonal delights, unique gifts and even the chance to pick up a signed book from your loved ones’ favourite chef.

For those wanting to get started early, acclaimed mixologist Dom Jacobs will be kicking off the festive fun on Saturday December 12 with his show-stopping cocktail masterclass and top tips, all taken from his exclusive Mayfair cocktail menu.

Alongside all of this, there’s also a chance for the whole family to get involved with the Christmas Musical Feast and Festive Light Parade as guests are invited to make their own lanterns and follow the Abergavenny Town Band to the church for a concert and food-themed evening service which promises to be a magical ending to the day.

Heather Myers, Chief Executive of the festival said: “After the resounding success of the Festival in September, we can’t wait to open the doors to Abergavenny once again and invite everyone back to celebrate Christmas with us.”

Tickets:

Adult – £5 (children under 16 go free, but they must have a wristband too)

Dominic Jacob’s Christmas Mixology – £10

For the full festive line-up and to get your tickets, visit www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

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Exhibitors:

BEER AND CIDER

Apple County Cider Co

www.applecountycider.co.uk

Brecon Brewing

www.breconbrewing.co.uk

Gwatkin Cider Company Ltd

www.gwatkincider.co.uk

Gwynt y Ddraig Cider

www.gwyntcider.com

The Jacobi Brewery of Caio

www.jacobibrewery.co.uk

Untapped Brewing Company

www.untappedbrew.com


BREAD AND BAKED GOODS

Alex Gooch Artisan Baker

www.alexgoochbaker.com

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits

www.cradocs.co.uk

Felin Talgarth Mill

www.talgarthmill.com

Hardwick Hampers

www.hardwickhampers.co.uk

Hedonist Bakery

www.hedonistbakery.co.uk


CAKES AND PATISSERIES

The Chocolate Brownie Company

www.chocbrownieco.co.uk

Dimkin’s patisserie

Ffi’s Patisserie

www.facebook.com/ffispatisserie

Freckles Homebaking

www.facebook.com/freckles.homebaking

Love at First Bake Ltd

www.loveatfirstbake.co.uk

Love Patisserie

The Pudding Shop

www.thepuddingshop.co.uk


CHEESE

The Blaenafon Cheddar Co Ltd

www.chunkofcheese.co.uk

Caws Cenarth Cheese

www.cawscenarth.co.uk

FLAVOURS of Monmouth

La Cave a Fromage

www.la-cave.co.uk


CONFECTIONARY

Barry Colenso Chocolates Ltd

barrycolenso.com

Black Mountain Gold Chocolate

www.blackmountainchocolate.org

Cocoa Magic

The Raw Chocolate Pie Company

www.rawchocpie.co.uk

Sciolti Botanical Chocolates

www.scioltichocolates.com

Sue Gilmour Ltd

www.suegilmour.co.uk


MEAT

Charcutier Ltd

www.charcutier.co.uk

Trealy Farm Charcuterie

www.trealyfarm.com

Welsh Venison Centre

www.beaconsfarmshop.co.uk

Glam Lamb

www.glamlamb.co.uk

Natural Game / Seasons

www.naturalgame.co.uk

Bakewell Ducks

www.bakewellducks.com


FISH AND SEAFOOD

Black Mountains Smokery

www.smoked-foods.co.uk

cnwd ltd

www.cnwd.co.uk

Devon Fishcakes

www.devonfishcakes.com

The Mighty Soft Shell Crab


HERBS, SPICES AND CONDIMENTS

Forage Fine Foods

foragefinefoods.com

Green Saffron

www.greensaffron.com

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company

www.beachfood.co.uk

Petals of the Valley Ltd

www.petalsofthevalley.co.uk

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars Ltd

www.womersleyfoods.co.uk


SAUCES, PICKLES AND CHUTNEYS

Claire’s Kitchen

The Garlic Farm

www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk

The Patchwork Traditional Food Company

www.patchwork-pate.co.uk

Peperoncino Ltd

www.peperoncino.co.uk

The Preservation Society

www.the-preservation-society.co.uk

Sorai

www.sorai.co.uk


HONEY, JAMS AND MARMALADES

Hilltop Honey

www.hilltop-honey.com

Miranda’s Preserves

www.mirandas-preserves.co.uk

New Quay Honey Farm

www.thehoneyfarm.co.uk


DRINKS

British Cassis

www.britishcassis.co.uk

Hay Wines Limited

www.haywines.co.uk

Tipsy Fruit Gins Ltd

www.tipsyfruitgins.co.uk

Warner Edwards Distillery

www.warneredwards.com

Emilia Ltd

www.emiliauk.london

Hollow Ash Orchard

www.hollow-ash.co.uk

Pixley Berries

www.pixsleyberries.co.uk

Ragmans Lane Farm

www.ragmans.co.uk

Welsh Farmhouse Apple Juice

www.welshfarmhouseapplejuice.co.uk

Yarty Cordials Ltd

www.yartycordials.co.uk

CC’s Coffee Bar

Chantler Teas

www.chantlerteas.co.uk

Welsh Coffee Company

www.welshcoffee.com


OLIVES AND OILS

Arganic Ltd

www.myarganic.co.uk

Cotswold Gold Ltd

www.cotswoldgold.co.uk

The Olive Press

www.theolivepress.co.uk

Olives & Things


PIES

Gluten Free Uprising Ltd

www.uprising.gf

Legges of Bromyard

www.leggesofbromyard.com

Roberts Country Fayre

www.robertscountryfayre.co.uk

Snowdrop Cottage Fine Foods

snowdropcottagefinefoods.blogspot.co.uk


OTHER

Joho-Soho

www.cinnamonsoho.com/Joho-Soho

Welsh Creperie Co (Franco Welsh Ltd)

www.thewelshcreperie.co.uk

The Willows Garden Centre

The Old Board Co

www.theoldboardco.co.uk

Franchi Seeds of Italy Ltd

www.seedsofitaly.com

Samosaco (Sim’s Foods Ltd)

www.samosaco.co.uk

The Ludlow Nut Co Ltd

www.ludlownutco.co.uk

Wil’s Smokehouse

www.wilssmokehouse.co.uk

Hodmedod

hodmedods.co.uk

The Parsnipship

www.theparsnipship.co.uk

Chef demonstrations:

THE MARKET HALL

Vicky Jones and Nick Saltmarsh: Bean Magic 11am – 11:45am

Vicky Jones, author of Out of the Pod, and Nick Saltmarsh of Hodmedods prepare a selection of healthy yet delicious snacks to nibble with festive drinks.


Jim Hamilton: Not a Partridge in a Pear Tree noon – 12:45pm

Abergavenny’s Kings Arms Hotel chef, Jim Hamilton will show you how to prepare a quick alternative to the traditional turkey roast.


Angela Gray: Festive French Sweet Treats 1pm – 1.45pm

Angela Gray of the Angela Gray Cookery School at Llanarch Vineyard will demonstrate some French goodies such as Buche de Noel, 12th Night Tart and Golden Pears with praline stuffing, picked up during her time in Paris.


Liz Knight and Rufus Carter: The Canapes Crusaders 2pm -2.45pm

Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods and Rufus Carter of Patchwork are coming to Abergavenny to put the record straight on canapes being just booze soaker-upper’s.


Jules James: Black Mountain Gold! Chocolate that is… 3pm – 3.45pm

Maitre Chocolatier, Jules James from Black Mountain Gold chocolate in Crickhowell will demonstrate extra special chocolatier skills from how to temper chocolate to making chocolate bars to impress friends over the festive season.

 

Cook up some spookily good Halloween treats

Need some tasty ideas for your Halloween party? Look no further – we have some ghoulishly good videos for you.

Try making these caramel apples:

Watch footage from last year’s Oxford Pumpkin Festival:

Frighteningly tasty Halloween cupcakes:

Tim Burton would be proud of this creation:

One for the grown-ups:

What to do with your pumpkin flesh and seeds:

What Halloween would be complete without a bat or two?:

Or how about some wriggly worms?:

Enjoy!

Feast your eyes on a top food event in North Wales

Welsh food
Vegan chef Lee Watson

There’ll be a feast of an event in Conwy this weekend.

Gwledd Conwy, or Conwy Feast, will be held in the town on Saturday and Sunday.

There’s everything a foodie could want on offer – street food, chef demonstrations, a tasting kitchen, and Lancaster Square is the perfect location for Conwy’s local produce market.

Meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cakes, jams, chutneys, eggs, bread, pies, chocolates and cheese will be some of the produce on offer over the weekend.

Chefs on the line-up include Lee Watson, the author of the new vegan cookbook ‘Peace and Parsnips’ and one half of the presenting team of 24 Hour Kitchen’s ‘Meat vs Veg’.

He is a food adventurer who travels the world making vegan versions of local dishes, combining two of his main passions; travel and cooking.

Lee is based in North Wales, where he cooks at Trigonos, a retreat centre and organic vegetable farm, and writes the blog The Beach House Kitchen focusing on local, seasonal produce given a regular global twist.

Lucknam Park Spa and Restaurant’s Hywel Jones is also set to cook for the crowds, alongside John Williams, who has worked in some of the best hotel and restaurants in Great Britain.

chefs
John Williams

John  trained originally in South Wales and Jersey and he became Head Chef at the Old Vicarage Hotel, Worfield, Shropshire, was Head Chef at Bodysgallen Hall between 2003 and 2007 and in this time he achieved and  maintained the accolade of 3 rosettes from the AA, and secured Bodysgallen’s highest rating to date in the Good Food Guide.

John is also a Master Chef of Great Britain in which he has been awarded a fellowship. There are  only 30 or so members of the culinary elite  in the UK -the title given to craftsmen who have held a Michelin star and three rosettes for 10 years or more.

John Emmerson and Joe Kerswell trained at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in London.The two friends now work together at Anna Hansen’s widely acclaimed restaurant The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell.

John and Joe will be giving a joint demonstration at this year’s Conwy Feast, using classic Welsh ingredients such as Welsh salt lamb or Welsh black beef.

Becws
Beca Lyne-Pirkis

TV chef Beca Lyne-Pirkis is also on the menu. She reached the semi finals of The Great British Bake Off in 2013, and is now the star of her own show Becws on S4C. Watch Beca in action here (via Becws TV, YouTube):

The crowds will also see Ian Watson, who started his career as an apprentice at Bodysgallen Hall Hotel.

He worked at The St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno for seven years during which time they were awarded three AA Rosettes.

Since 2000 he has been the owner chef of Watson’s Bistro in Conwy, from where he has earned a reputation for providing fine cuisine using locally-sourced produce.

Tasting Kitchen sessions:

Saturday

11.00 Trealy Farm

12 noon Castell Gwyn with chef Mike Evans

13.00 Bodnant Welsh Food Centre

14.00 LFR Direct with Lee Watson

15.00 Sabor de Amor with Brian Hansen

16.00 Beri Da with Ian Gray

Sunday

11.30 Barcut Rose Veal with Brian Hansen

12.30 Daffodil Foods with Mike Evans

13.30 Castell Howard with Hefin Roberts

14.30 Cwm Farm Charcuterie with Chris Leach
15.30 Aerona

TICKETS:

Weekend ticket: Adult £13, under 16s go free (valid all day Saturday, Saturday night music on the Quayside, all day Sunday).

Saturday ticket only: Adult £8.50, under 16s go free (valid all day Saturday, Saturday night music on the Quayside)

Sunday ticket only: Adults £6.50, under 16s go free.

Entrance to the music marquee and bars is free on Saturday and Sunday with a valid wristband

OR

£5 on the door after 5pm on Saturday

£5 on the door all day on Sunday

In the River Food Hall:

Aberffraw Biscuit Co Ltd http://www.aberffrawbiscuits.com Welsh shortbread called Aberffraw biscuits
Aerona aerona-liqueur.co.uk Aronia berry based products
Anglesey Farmhouse Chocolates http://www.foelfarm.co.uk Fine artisan handmade chocolates
Barcut Rose Veal http://www.barcutveal.co.uk rose veal meat produce various cuts and cooked option to sell as tasters
Beri Da http://www.berida.co.uk fruity Aronia berry vinegar and a range of Aronia chutneys
Bim’s Kitchen http://www.bimskitchen.com African-inspired sauces and condiments
Blaenafon Cheddar Co Ltd http://www.chunkofcheese.co.uk Speciality award winning hand made Welsh cheddar & goats cheeses.
Bodnant Welsh Food http://www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk Cheese, bread, butter, pies, burgers & sausages
Bragdy Nant Www.bragdynant.co.uk Bottled beer
Burtree Puddings http://www.burtreepuddings.co.uk Christmas and Sticky Puddings, Farmhouse baking
Cariad Gelato http://cariadgelato.cymru/ Gelato & Sorbetto with freshly made waffles
Caws Cenarth Cheese http://www.cawscenarth.co.uk Artisan Organic Cheese, and speciality cheeses
Celtic Pride http://www.chfoods.co.uk Celtic Pride pies and slices
Celtic Spirit Co http://www.celticspirit.co.uk Liqueurs and Spirits from Wales
Chocopassion http://www.chocopassionuk.com Hand Made Italian chocolate Shaped Tools
Cnwc Crackers http://www.foodies.mynewsite.link/cnwc-crackers Savoury Crackers
Condessa Welsh Liqueurs http://www.condessa.co.uk Liqueurs from Anglesey
Conwy Brewery Ltd http://www.conwybrewery.co.uk Bottled Beer & Brewery Merchandise
Cwm Deri Vineyard cwm-deri.co.uk Welsh wines, mead and liqueurs
Cwm Farm Charcuterie http://www.cwmfarm.net Beer Stick (Snack Salami); Chorizo with Port
Daffodil Foods http://www.daffodilfoods.co.uk Layered Yoghurts
Driftwood Designs http://www.driftwooddesigns.co.uk Welsh art with coastal themes. Framed prints, posters and cards.
Eboni ac Eifori eboniaceifori.co.uk Award winning fudge, toffee, and toffee sauces
Edwards of Conwy http://www.edwardsofconwy.co.uk Welsh Sausages, burgers, meatballs, pies
Fire foods http://www.firefoods.co.uk chilli gift hampers, chilli grinders,chilli snacks
Flavour Magic brooksdelicatessenltd.com Spice rubs, Infused flavoured rock salts
Food Station Wales http://www.foodstation.wordpress.com Olives, Nuts, Baklava & Turkish Delight
Food Technology Centre foodtech-llangefni.co.uk Promoting technical support services for food businesses
Forever Fudge http://www.foreverfudge.co.uk 30 flavours of fudge, peanut brittle, nougat and cinder toffee
French Flavour http://www.frenchflavour.co.uk French Artisan Foods ,Garlic Strings, Onions, Cider, Pates
Funky Nut Company http://www.funkynutco.com Range of natural and flavoured peanut and nut butters
Goch & Company Ltd http://www.gochandcompany.co.uk African Gluten free Chilli sauces,Chilli Flavoured Oils Salad Dressing
Goetre Farm Preserves http://www.goetrefarmpreserves.co.uk Jams, chutneys, mustards, honey & marmalade cakes
Great Orme Brewery http://www.greatormebrewery.co.uk Real ale & related merchandise
Halen Mon http://www.halenmon.com Sea salt
Harvies Ltd N/A Gluten Free pies and pastries, welsh cakes
La Triestina Ltd http://www.latriestina.co.uk Italian Deli products
Llaeth y Llan llaethyllan.co.uk Chilled dairy yogurt
Llanvalley Natural Products http://www.llanvalley.co.uk/ Goatsmilk Soaps, Creams and Balms with Honey & Beeswax
Love Cheesecakes lovecheesecakes.com Chilled fresh cheesecakes
Magic Knife Company http://www.magic-knife.website Kitchen knives, sharpener, magnetic holder, scissors and peeler
Mama Zo’s Cakes & Cookies Facebook: Mama Zo’s Cakes & Cookies Cookies, lemonade & raspberry lemonade
Marbletree http://www.marbletree.co.uk Handcrafted marble and slate gifts
Megans Kitchen N/A Handmade Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith
Mocha Express http://www.mochaexpress.co.uk Coffee , Tea , Hot Chocolate , cakes and snacks
Mr Fitzpatricks http://www.mrfitzpatricks.com Traditional Cordials Dandelion & Burdock Sarsapirilla
Narnas http://www.narnaschocolates.co.uk Cakes and confectionery
Natural Game / Seasons Www.naturalgame.co.uk Gourmet range of British game, poultry and exotic meats
Orchard Pigs Www.orchardpigs.co.uk Meat pies, scotch eggs, artisan bread, cakes and biscuits
Oscars Kitchen http://www.oscars-kitchen.co.uk Homemade traditional sweet and savoury preserves
Pant Du http://www.pantdu.co.uk Welsh wines, cider and water
Pen-y-lan pork .facebook:welshsausage Gold Award Handmade sausages & meatballs
Purple Moose Brewery http://www.purplemoose.co.uk Bottled beer, gift packs and related brewery merchandise
Radnor Hills http://www.radnorhills.co.uk Heartsease Farm sparkling fruit presse
Retro Shots http://www.retroshots.co.uk Handmade flavoured vodka, chilli & Drunken Bee Honey Infused Spirits
Roberts Country Fayre http://www.robertscountryfayre.co.uk Cold Eating Pies
Rosie’s Triple D cider http://www.rosiescider.co.uk Rosie’s Triple D cider, Rosie’s Wicked Wasp cider and Rosie’s Black Bart cider
Sabor de Amor http://www.sabordeamor.com Handmade Spanish products, Paella sce, Tapenade, Salsa Brava, Alioli, Spanish Preserves
Snowdonia Cheese Co Ltd http://www.snowdonia-cheese.co.uk Snowdonia cheeses will be available with gift packs and special offers
South Caernarfon Creameries sccwales.co.uk Dairy produce cheese and milk
Spanish Hamper http://www.thespanishhamper.co.uk Chorizo , sobrasada & sangria
The Dangerous Food Company http://www.dangerousfoodco.co.uk Fiery fruity jams made using fruits and chillies
The English Chocolate Fountain Co http://www.tecfc.co.uk Belgian Chocolate Fountain, marshmallows, fruits, fudge and cream in cups and on skewers
The Flavoured Butter Co N/A Selection of flavoured butters
The Gift of Oil http://www.thegiftofoil.co.uk Olive oils & balsamics
The Little Round Cake Comany http://www.thelittleroundcakecompany.co.uk Tweeners (mini layer cakes), tarts, merangz and merangz ‘bites’
The Magnificent Marshmallow Company http://www.themagnificentmarshmallowcompany.com Marshmallows flavoured with fruits, oils and natural flavourings
The Patchwork Traditional Food Company http://www.patchwork-pate.co.uk Handmade artisan pate
Trealy Farm Charcuterie http://www.trealyfarm.com Charcuterie products
Two Guys from Brussels facebook:TwoGuysfromBrussels Belgian Speciality food and drink
Ultimate Fudge Outlet http://www.ultimatefudgeoutlet.co.uk Homemade traditional & speciality fudges
Warner Edwards Distillery http://www.warneredwards.com Harrington Dry Gin, Elderflower,Rhubarb & Sloe Gins

Street food vendors:

American Street Food Limited facebook.com/dixiekitchenUK Pulled pork, shredded beef hot dogs chutney & coleslaw
Anglesey Hog Roasts http://www.angleseyhogroasts.co.uk Hog and ham roasts with side salads and special sauces
Arjee Bhaji facebook:arjeebhaji Indian street food, curry & kebabs
Bank of Conwy http://www.vonomondo.co.uk Sangria & Tapas
Bwyd O’r Mor N/A Menai Mussels,Bass,Skate,Mackerel,Plaice,Squid,Octopus
Caffeine Rush N/A Coffee , Tea , Hot Chocolate, cold drinks
Celtic Country Wines http://www.celticwines.co.uk/ Fruit wines, liqueurs, seasonal giftboxes, mulled elderberry wine
Chuckwagon bbq http://www.chuckwagonbbq.co.uk Pulled Pork,chicken, brisket,bbq beans and pickles
Churros con Chocolate http://www.lovely-churros.co.uk Handmade & rolled churros with chocolate sauce
Continental Catering http://www.continentalcatering.com Bavarian smoked sausage, paprikawurst, frankfurter, frikadelen
Crave de Taste N/A Caribbean dishes with fish, meat rice dumpling & vegetables. Tropical fruits & smoothies
Debbies delights N/A Chipsticks & Jacket Potatoes with various fillings
Fodder in the Field http://www.fodderinthefield.co.uk Banger and Mash
Fratelli Brothers firedupfood@hotmail.com Authentic Neapolitan pizza baked in a clay wood fired oven
Fresa con Crema/Choco Art N/A Strawberries & Cream/cakes
Fresh Butter N/A Fresh hand churned butter
Fried & Wine friedandwine@gmail.com Deep fried seafood and vegetables with prosecco
Heavy Industry Brewing Ltd http://www.heavyindustrybrewing.com Bottled/Canned beer & charcuterie Cooking on site
Joles Gourmet http://www.facebook.com/jolesgourmet Casadias, baguettes, muffins, Cakes
Kababoom Kitchen twitter.com/kababoomkitchen Persian street food Kofta and Falafel, Kebabs
LFR Direct http://www.lfrdirect.co.uk/ Fruit & Vegetables
Luke’s Cocktail Bar http://www.lukescocktailbar.co.uk Alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails
Mango Rays http://www.mangorays.co.uk Chilli & Curry and Smoothies, Mulled wine
Mela Food Co N/A Tortilla wraps – chicken tikka, falafel, Samosa and Bhaji
Moorish Cuisine http://www.grovefarmshawbury.co.uk Moroccan food such as Tagines with cous cous and flat bread wraps
Old Sandlin N/A Apples, Pears, Plums, Apple and Pear Juice, Quinces
Pizza Peddlers http://www.pizzapeddlers.co.uk Wood fired pizzas using the finest local and seasonal Welsh produce available
Primo Cafe primocafe.co.uk Gourmet coffee, tea and hot chocolate + artisan cakes
Rigatoni’s Pasta http://www.rigatonispasta.co.uk Gluten free Pasta & Sauces, Gluten free garlic ciabatta bread Bacon rolls, hot drinks
Simply Crepes N/A Sweet & Savoury Crepes Cooking
Somtam http://www.somtamthai Thai fish cakes, Chicken satay, Thai Curry, Egg Noodles
The Flintshire Street Food Company Ltd flintshirestreetfood.co.uk Sweet, Savory & liqueur french style crepes made to order
The Ham Bone http://www.hambone.co.uk World flavours of chicken
The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company http://www.beachfood.co.uk Lobster wraps, Crab and Seaweeds
The Rustic Cooks https://www.facebook.com/rustic.cooks Continental smoked sausages cooked on a 1950s army field kitchen
The Shropshire Spirit Co. http://www.shropshirespiritco.co.uk Salopian Spirits, Vodka, Rum, Gin
The Wrap Shack.co.uk http://www.thewrapshack.co.uk Hot filled wraps chicken shish, chorizo & chicken, smoked mex beans & salad bar
Top Pot N/A A new concept in fast food
What you Like Catering N/A Potato cakes with beef, field mushrooms, crab and prawn

103 reasons to check out Llangollen Food and Drink Festival

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Megan’s Welsh Cakes

There are 103 reasons to visit Llangollen Food and Drink Festival this weekend.

With 103 exhibitors, the festival is one of Wales’ largest and it is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year.

The event is supported by the rural development agency, Cadwyn Clwyd.

Committee chairman Colin Loughlin: “We have a wonderful array of fantastic food producers clustered in the area and the festival is the perfect shop window for them.

“A food festival is so much better and more interesting than going to the supermarket because here you can sample the food and talk to the producers.”

Helen Roberts, Cadwyn Clwyd’s agri-food project officer, said: “Thanks to a whole host of indigenous companies, North East Wales is rapidly establishing a reputation as a centre of excellence for high quality cuisine.”

The 2015 event will also feature demonstrations by top chefs, including Britain’s youngest head chef, Luke Thomas, and Welsh culinary champion, Graham Tinsley, along with stand-up comedian, Silky, who will show off his cookery skills for the first time ever. The event is rated among the top 10 food festivals in the UK, and in the past has has helped launch successful products like the Aberffraw biscuit, Blodyn Aur extra virgin rapeseed oil and the Dangerous Food Company’s chilli jam.

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Blodyn Aur rapeseed oil

DETAILS:

Venue: The Llangollen Pavilion, Llangollen Dates: Saturday October 17, Sunday October 18 Times: 10am to 5pm both days Entry fee: £5, under 16s free, £4 for over 65 Parking: On-site and nearby car parks

EXHIBITORS:

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Exhibitor Purple Moose Brewery
5% Plus Limited Pimms Bar
Aballu Artisan Chocolatier Chocolate
Abbey Farm Butcher’s Shop Meat
Abbey Farm Hog Roast Meat
Adams Russell Coffee Coffee
Aerona Liqueurs
Amanda Jane’s of Anglesey Fruit Vodka
Anglesey Farmhouse Chocolates Chocolate
Aran Lamb Lamb
Arjee Bhaji Indian Street Food
Bim’s Kitchen African Sauces
Black Mountains Smokery Smoked Foods
Blodyn Aur Rapeseed
Border Caterers “Celtic Pride” Welsh Beef Burgers
British Iron Works Centre Promotional
Brooks Deli Deli
Caffeine Rush Coffee
Calon Wen Organic Foods Ltd Organic Dairy
Caribbean Flaava Jerk Food
Celtic Country Wines Wines
Celtic Spirit Spirits
Chilly Cow Ice Creams
Chipstix Crisps
Chirk Trout Farm Trout
Coleg Cambria Promotional
Condessa Welsh Liqueurs Liqueurs
Continental Cottage Deli
Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls Sausage rolls
Courtyard Books Books
Crazy Cow Catering Co. Coffee
Dangerous Food Company,The Chutneys
Dinas Bran Promotional
Eboni ac Eifori Confectionary
Emilia Ltd / Bianca Mora Dairy
Food Technology Llangefni Promotional
French Flavour Garlic prods
Foodstation Wales Olives
French Flavour Garlic
Gales of Llangollen Wine
Gift of Oil, The Olive Oils
Goch and Company Ltd Spices
Goetre Farm Preserves Preserves
Gourmet Game Centre (Seasons) Ltd Game
Greek Oil Direct Oils
Gwyn Davies Butchers Meat
Haughton Honey Honey
Herbs and Spices Herbs and Spices
Homecook Cookware
Jamie Ward Pork Butcher
Jasper Sparkle Jewellery
Just Shopping Organics
Llangollen International Musical Eist. Promotional
Llaeth y Llan Cyf Yogurts
Llan Valley Natural Products Soaps
Llangollen Brewery Local Beer
Llangollen Motor Museum Cars
Lymn Bank Farm 1 Flavoured cheese
Mama Zo’s Cookies Cakes and Cookies
Megan’s Kitchen Welsh Cakes
Môn ar Lwy Ice Cream
Morgansbrew Tea Ltd Tea
Mug Run Roasting Coffee
Nibble Nose Cheese Flavoured cheese
Nook Antiques Antiques kitchen
North Wales Brewery Beer
North Wales Owl Sanctuary Promotional
North Wales Wildlife Trust Promotional
Oaktree Toys & Crafts Toys
Old Chapel Furniture Furniture
Old Granary Peirogi Bakery
Olwen Jones Toffee Toffee
Orchard Pigs Pies & Bread
Pant Glas Bach Preserves Preserves
Patchwork Foods Pates
Pizza Peddlers Pizzas
Pupcakes Ltd Dog food
Purple Moose Brewery
Quick Crepes Crepes
Quirky Art Studio Gallery Cookware
Radiantevents / P. Brown Entertainment
Ralph’s Cider Cider
Roberts Country Fayre Pies
Rosie’s Triple D Cider ( Steve Hughes) Cider
RSPB Promotional
Run Cookware Cookware
Sabor de Amor Spanish Food
Seren Foods Wine Jellies
Siwgr a Sbeis Cakes & Dessert
Snowdania Cheese Cheese
Somtam Thai Cuisine Thai
Spanish Hamper (The) Sangria & Chorizo
Su Casa Spanish Food
Sunday Girl Co Cookwear
Swift’s Bakery Artisan Bakery
Temptations Cakes & Biscuits
Toffoc Toffee Vodka
Ultimate Fudge Outlet Fudge
Victorian Farm Food Co. Soda Bread
Weatheroak Ostrich Farm Ostrich Meat
Wellbake Ltd Cookwear
Welsh Brew Tea
What you like catering Potato Cakes
Wrexham Lager Beer Co Ltd Lager