Cook the box with top chef Alexlouise Brown

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Alexlouise Brown (pictured) was trained by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, she ran her own pub-restaurant and her own catering company.

Now, she is sharing her passion for food by teaching people how to go back to basics and make delicious meals from scratch.

Once a month, the owner of Alex’s Supper Clubs hosts Alex Cooks The Box at her base in Pontypridd.

Riverford Organic Farms vegetable and meat boxes are the centrepieces of every session. The contents change every month – produce is seasonal and from Riverford’s network of farms.

Alexlouise, 35, has just a few days to come up with mouth-watering recipes which are simple enough to be demonstrated to and remembered by her visitors without a recipe.

Remember how our mothers and grandmothers created meals from available ingredients without ever looking at a recipe?

Alexlouise is taking cookery classes back to the future.

When I visit, the vegetables include wild garlic, cabbage, courgettes, carrots, rocket, cucumber, spinach leaves, purple sprouting broccoli, onions, potatoes, and mushrooms. The vegetables are supplemented by Riverford organic meats and organic free range eggs, milk, and cream. The only non-UK fruit and vegetable ingredients are bananas – which, of course, have to be imported.

Alexlouise’s philosophy is simple: cook using organic produce and cook from scratch.

“Food doesn’t have ingredients, food is ingredients,” she says.

We’re greeted with a glass of prosecco or her own kombucha, a fermented tea which is slightly sparkling. Alexlouise has added berries to the probiotic drink. It’s refreshing and good for the digestive system.

As she expertly slices the potatoes into wedges and sprinkles them with garam masala and cumin, we talk about the toll food processing can take on ingredients.

Alexlouise shows us how to spatchcock a chicken within minutes. Her cooking doesn’t require complicated kitchenalia – just a roasting tin or two, a frying pan,  a saucepan, one sharp knife, a sharp grater, and a hand mixer.

As the chicken and potato wedges roast in the oven, Alexlouise sets to making us her mouth-watering mushroom soup.

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Solid coconut oil is heated to become liquid, and onions fried until translucent. If no vegetarians like me attend, Alexlouise could use lard. Then, Alexlouise grates in the mushrooms. Water, rather than stock, is added, and the soup is seasoned. It simmers until ready for hand blending and is served in tea cups with a dollop of sour cream and a square of homemade rosemary focaccia. It’s fresh and delicious.

We all marvel at how much taste Alexlouise packs into a simple soup.

Our six courses include a home-made coleslaw with soft-boiled eggs which lives on a different planet from the runny affair we buy in tubs in supermarkets.

The grater is king – carrots and cabbage are grated, mayonnaise is added, and everything is seasoned to perfection.

We are also treated to linguini with a tangy lemon and chilli sauce and a crunchy topping of cob nuts, a salad of leaves topped with a balsamic syrup and Indian paneer cheese griddled in Indian spices, roasted, spatchcocked chicken and potato wedges, and Alexlouise’s pudding, a caramelised banana fool.

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We’re shown how to caramelise sugar correctly – never leave un-melted sugar grains – and how best to coat the banana slices. Cream is whipped and Alexlouise assembles the pudding in champagne flutes, topped with an orange physalis berry on the rim of the glass.

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At the end of the three-hour session, we’re enlightened, full, happy, and determined to put Alexlouise’s simple recipes into action in our own kitchens.

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed enough to reassure even the most timid would-be cook. Vegetarians like me are welcomed.

It’s the perfect foodie night out with friends or family.

 

‘Everyone wants to order boxes after the event’

Riverford Organic Farms franchiser in South East Wales Janet Mier, who is also at the Alex Cooks The Box night, says the sessions have inspired visitors to order regular vegetable and meat box deliveries.

“Some people who come along are already customers and have heard about the events through us, but others are inspired by the recipes and the produce and sign up,” she says.

“They see the quality of the produce and taste how good it is. We’ve been involved in the nights for a few months now, and it’s been excellent.”

Janet serves customers from Penarth and Sully to the Heads of the Valleys and Monmouthshire border to the east, delivering around 850 boxes a week.

To learn more about Riverford South Wales, see their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RiverfordSouthWales/ and to order boxes call 01633 867661.

 Alexlouise’s culinary career

At 15, Alexlouise went straight from school into a job in a kitchen after a work experience placement at 14. She washed dishes and prepared vegetables, but soon realised she could work her way up.

“If you stay in kitchens long enough and you learn, you will progress,” she says.

She went on to work in restaurants like those at the Celtic Manor, then worked under Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons near Oxford. By the time she was 22, she was running her own pub-restaurant Y Draenog in Pontyclun.

A spell running her own catering company followed, then a move to Switzerland, the home of the hospitality industry.

Alexlouise catered to exclusive ski chalet clients like Prince Andrew, the President of Kazakhstan, the Saudi royal family, and billionaire businessmen and women.

When she returned to Wales, she began working at her other love, property development. Cooking went on the back burner for a while, but her love of food eventually drew her back to the kitchen.

She started her Alex’s Supper Clubs business, where a group of people visits her base in Pontypridd, each bringing an ingredient. Everyone cooks together.

Then came Alex Cooks The Box.

Now, Alex is also spreading her love of cooking by teaching families how to cook with affordable, fresh ingredients in Llanhilleth.

Maria Williams is a professional blogger, copywriter, and PR for small businesses. Go to www.wordsyoucanuse.co.uk.

 

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Sample some local gems at Abergavenny Food Festival 2015

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Abergavenny Food Festival’s night market

Tonight marks the start of the biggest event in my home town’s calendar – the Abergavenny Food Festival.

More than 30,000 visitors are set to snack their way through our streets, buy Monmouthshire produce, and sample the best of our hospitality.

If you’re coming, you will be met with a feast of a festival, but there’s so much on offer you might miss out on a few things which we locals benefit from all year round.

That’s why I’m going to tell you how to eat like an Abergavenny local, and show you a few foodie gems. I’ll also give you a few ideas on what to do to see the best of our town between sampling the delights of the food festival.

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For The Love Of Cake

Abergavenny is the home of the coffee shop. There are dozens of them, along the main streets and tucked away in side streets and lanes. You will find the perfect latte or mocha for you. One of my favourites is For The Love Of Cake at 59a Frogmore Street. There is a vintage vibe, and one of its main selling points is the fact it serves Clam’s Handmade Cakes, which are a great local favourite. The cake business grew out of Clam’s coffee house which was established in Abergavenny in 1981. Now from its base outside the town, it has a team of 20 people making hand-made cakes.

The taste of the woodland, pasture, and heath land in Monmouthshire is the essence of the attraction of Skirrid Honey. Makers Les and Jill Chirnside, who are based near the slopes of the Skirrid mountain, have hives around Monmouthshire, and have been making honey for the past 25 years.

Honey is also available on the comb, hand cut from the hive and the by-products are used in candle making and polishes. The couple are also interested in supporting and encouraging beekeepers in developing countries; they do this by giving charitable talks and demonstrations to local groups to raise funds.

Look out for Ty Bryn Cider and apple juice made in the village of Grosmont at Upper House Farm, a working farm which has been farmed by three generations of the Watkins family. The cider is produced from apples grown in grazed orchards.

The juice, from many varieties of apples, some old like ‘Tom Putt’ and some more modern varieties like Dabinett, is pressed on the farm, where it is matured in traditional oak barrels. These are stored in a stone cellar that was built for storing cider back in the 1700’s.

Over the past few years their perry and ciders have won several awards including four consecutive gold awards for the sweetened sparkling bottled cider at the Welsh Championships.

Those looking for Welsh lamb should try Pen-y-Wyrlod lamb which comes from a flock of organic, slow-matured, pedigree black Welsh mountain sheep raised on a 20 hectare upland farm in the shadow of the Skirrid mountain. The lambs are born at the end of March and are fed almost exclusively on herb-rich organic grass until they reach full weight at around 9 to 12 months old.

Llanfoist is home to Sorai sauces, dipping sauces which use chilli to make sauces in a variety of strengths, from mild to hot. And Llanvetherine’s White Castle Vineyard, run by Robb and Nicola Merchant, has wines which are perfect to complement local produce.

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A White Castle Vineyard wine

The five acre vineyard was planted in two phases, May 2009 and May 2010, with six varieties, with a total of 4500 vines. The varieties are Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo, Seyval Blanc, Phoenix and Siegerrebe.

If you are a tea aficionado, make sure you try Chantler Teas.

The Abergavenny company offers a wide range of high quality loose leaf and herbal teas from around the world. These include well known and occasional rare varieties of teas, such as oolong and white for the discerning tea drinker. Chantler stocks over 40 different types of loose leaf tea including green, white, Oolong and black teas.

Find out about more produce local to our area at madeinmonmouthshire.com.

Take a step back from the crowds and walk from Homes of Elegance around the base of the castle towards the Castle Meadows. Along the way, you’ll discover the Abergavenny Community Orchard.

Abergavenny Area Community Orchards and Gardens CIC was established in September 2011, to take forward community fruit and vegetable growing projects in the area. The group’s long term vision is to establish a series of community gardens, orchards and allotment sites, throughout Abergavenny and its neighbouring areas, serving each neighbourhood and providing people with the opportunity to grow their own food, with all the benefits of exercise, enjoyment and personal sustainability that brings.

If you walk along Tudor Street, which runs parallel to the main street, outside the police station you’ll also see a vegetable bed grown by the Incredible Edible Abergavenny group. The community organisation is an initiative which aims to plant fruit and vegetables in public places for anyone to help themselves. Find out more here https://www.facebook.com/incredibleedibleaber/info?tab=page_info

If you’re looking to walk off the treats from the festival, and get some fantastic views, take the Blorenge mountain road and park near Keeper’s Pond, or further up the mountain at the Foxhunter car park. From either of those, you could walk to the trig point on top of the Blorenge, and look back down over Abergavenny for some excellent views in good weather.

For those who like to do their walking on the flat, drive to the nearby Goytre Wharf (south of Abergavenny on the A4042) where you can stroll along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal as barges and boats drift past. There’s also a little peace to be had away from the crowds in Linda Vista Gardens, also on Tudor Road.

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A map of the festival

What’s on at the festival:

Tom Kerridge, the Hemsley sisters and Olia Hercules, will be joined by over fifty foodies who will share their culinary passion and expertise, demonstrating everything from baking to foraging, tea tasting to cooking up cultural delicacies.

Raymond Blanc will be appearing in his capacity as President of the Sustainable Restaurant Association. In conversation with Sheila Dillon from BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming programme, Raymond will explore the roots of his passion for produce, dread of waste and respect for the land. He will reveal how early lessons learned from Maman Blanc have guided him throughout his career as chef and restaurateur – and how only by understanding that food connects with every part of our lives, can we truly secure a future for our food.

Be amongst the first to get your hands on the much-lauded new book by celebrated chef and author, Yotam Ottolenghi. NOPI: The Cookbook. Yotam, alongside his head chef, Ramael Scully, will bring the inventive NOPI ethos to the festival, pushing culinary boundaries.

The Festival line up also boasts Bake-Off champion Frances Quinn guiding you through her unique style of baking; exciting new London trio, The Groundnut Boys demonstrating recipes from their African Heritage with a contemporary twist and Festival favourite Cyrus Todiwala who has been changing perceptions of Indian cuisine since his arrival in the UK from Goa in 1991.

Alongside household names are some demonstrations with a difference; Jon Old from the Wasabi Company will talk visitors through how, from a secret location in the UK, they grow one of the world’s most expensive crops and Mitch Tonks, renowned for his radical career change from accountancy to fishmongering, will be demonstrating recipes from his book The Seahorse, inspired by Italy and the South West of England.

In addition to food, the festival boasts a number of cocktail, foraging and alcohol master classes.  James Chase from Chase Distillery will expertly guide you through spirits, wines and ciders, while author and forager by day, Andy Hamilton presents ‘Wild Booze and Hedgerow Cocktails’ showing you how you can make delicious cocktails from a hedgerow near you.

Heather Myers, Chief Executive of the Festival said: “This year’s line-up is our biggest and best to date and definitely the most varied.

“Whether you want to come along and explore the market, sample produce from over 220 hand-picked stallholders, or watch demonstrations from some of the finest chefs and food adventurers today, there really is something for everyone.”

Local success story Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn from Hang Fire Smokehouse came to the Festival last year as stallholders and return this year on the bill, since winning BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming award for Best Street Food 2015.

Sam said: “It’s incredible that just one year on from our first appearance at Abergavenny Food Festival, and just two years since starting this business, we will be standing where our inspirations from the food industry have stood. We’re looking forward to both feeding the Festival goers our brand of Welsh slow and low BBQ and being a part of the Festival over the weekend.”

Shauna added: “This Festival is the highlight of the foodie event calendar and we’re delighted to be included in all aspects of the programme, for the first time, as we share the alchemy of meat smoking.”

Alongside the bursting programme, Festival favourites return including the Night Market, transforming the Lower Brewery Yard into a magical place to eat, drink and hangout. New for 2015, the Festival will introduce the Meat Market, where you’ll find a selection of the best meats and butcher demonstrations Wales has to offer. The new Craft Brewery will create a relaxing area to sample some of Wales’ best-loved craft brews and ciders.

With parties on both tonight (Swing Time at the Castle) and tomorrow (Party at the Castle) evenings, visitors can experience music, dancing and food in the enchanted atmosphere of Abergavenny’s ancient castle.

The Artisan Kitchen School gives a unique opportunity to receive expert tuition first hand, taking your creations home with you. Children can show off their culinary talents at the Food Academy with a weekend of free hands on workshops for over 320 children and activities to tempt the most budding mini-master chef.

Fast becoming an institution of the Festival, Rude Health Rants are back for their seventh year in a row. The team, led by co-founder and chief ranter Nick, are a proudly outspoken gang who aren’t afraid of standing up for real, honest food.

Hundreds of stallholders announced for Abergavenny Food Festival

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Caws Cenarth’s Caws Teifi

The biggest food festival in Wales announced its full list of stallholders today – and here are the tasty food and drink stalls which will line the streets and Market Hall in Abergavenny later this month.

The event which last year drew a crowd of over 31,000 visitors will take place from the festival’s creamery and distillery tours and masterclass on Friday September 18 to the demonstration-packed schedules of Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20.

Chefs and cooks in the line-up include Raymond Blanc, Gizzi Erskine, James Sommerin, and Frances Quinn.

Tickets are still available for Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc’s masterclass at noon on September 19 (£12), but events such as chef Tom Kerridge’s “in conversation with” night on September 18 at the Borough Theatre have sold out.

Check the list of masterclasses and latest ticket availability here.

Stallholders:

Abergavenny Food
Hallet’s Cider

Beer and cider:

Apple County Cider Co
www.applecountycider.co.uk
Award winning single variety ciders and perry produced in Monmouthshire

Bland’s Cider
www.blandscider.com
Naturally sparkling cider, perry, fruit ciders and Calvados

Brecon Brewing
www.breconbrewing.co.uk
Draught and bottled beer and related products

Butford Organics
www.butfordorganics.co.uk
Organic cider and perry from draught to sparkling bottle

Gregg’s Pit Cider & Perry
www.greggs-pit.co.uk
Real artisan cider and perry made from 100% juice of vintage fruit varieties

Gwatkin Cider Company
gwatkincider.co.uk
Award-winning cider and perry from close to the Welsh Border

Gwynt Y Ddraig Cider
www.gwyntcider.com
Award winning Welsh cider and perry made from freshly harvested fruit

Hallets Cider
www.halletsrealcider.co.uk
Cider and perry

Kingstone Brewery
www.kingstonebrewery.co.uk
Tintern based brewery producing real ales from hearty IPAs to quaffable bitters

Llangollen Brewery
www.llangollenbrewery.com
Hand crafted real ales and lager from the heart of Llangollen

Skyborry Cider and Perry
www.skyborrycider.co.uk
Hand made cider and perry traceable to the orchard and apple variety

The Celt Experience
Celtexperience.com
Craft beer fashioned as an art form for exuberance

The Jacobi Brewery of Caio
www.jacobibrewery.co.uk
Bottled ale

Tudor Brewery
www.tudorbrewery.co.uk
Handmade award winning real ales from a brewery born in Abergavenny

Ty Gwyn Cider
www.tygwyncider.co.uk
Ty Gwyn Cider are one of the region’s best known craft cider producers

Untapped Brewing Company
www.untappedbrew.com
Locally produced, hand crafted real ales from Raglan

Welsh Mountain Cider
www.welshmountaincider.com
Live sulphite free cider, 100% juice. Tough trees grown at altitude

Williams Brothers Cider
www.cider.wales
Hand crafted real cider made by a small family business in Caerphilly

Worley’s Cider
www.worleyscider.co.uk
Multi award-winning whole-juice ciders (still and sparkling)

Wye Valley Brewery
www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk
Excellent quality cask and bottle conditioned beers from Herefordshire

Cheese:

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Caws Cenarth cheeses

Abergavenny Creamery
www.abergavenny.uk.com

Bath Soft Cheese
www.parkfarm.co.uk
Hand made organic award winning cheeses

Bodnant Welsh Food
www.bodnant-welshfood.co.uk
Aberwen cheese range goodie bags and Welsh butter, plus new Caerphilly

Caws Cenarth Cheese
www.cawscenarth.co.uk
Traditional artisan cheesemakers

FLAVOURS of Monmouth
Championing Great British cheese

Godminster
www.godminster.com
Organic vintage Cheddar, Brie, biscuits, chutney, combination gift packs

Homewood Cheeses
www.homewoodcheeses.co.uk
Handmade ewes’ cheeses from Somerset and baked cheesecakes

La Cave a Fromage
www.la-cave.co.uk
Purveyor of farmhouse and artisan cheeses

Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers
www.lyburncheese.co.uk
Cheese made with our own cows’ milk in the New Forest, Hampshire

Neal’s Yard Creamery
www.nealsyardcreamery.co.uk
Hand-moulded artisan cheeses, fresh yoghurts and crème fraîche

Organicwhisky.com & Caws Teifi Cheese
www.damhile.co.uk  / www.teificheese.co.uk
Artisan RAW milk cheese, organic farmhouse micro-distillery whiskies

Snowdonia Cheese Co
www.snowdoniacheese.co.uk

The Blaenafon Cheddar Co
www.chunkofcheese.co.uk
Award winning Welsh hand made cheeses, cheddars and goats cheese

White Lake Cheese

www.whitelake.co.uk
Award winning artisan cheeses handmade on the farm in Somerset

Meat:

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Forest Pig Charcuterie

COOKED AND CURED MEATS

Charcutier
www.charcutier.co.uk
Mangalitsa and pedigree Welsh pig meat

Cowleys Fine Foods
www.cowleysfinefood.com
Dried and smoked meat and tofu, smoked pickles, sauces and peanut butters

Flyford Food Company
www.bighornbiltong.co.uk
Rare breed, grass fed, free range British biltong – ‘Certified Paleo’

Forest Pig Charcuterie
www.Forestpig.com
Award winning salami produced from our own forest reared pigs

Patchwork Traditional Food Company
www.patchwork-pate.co.uk
Handmade artisan pate produced in North Wales

Sam’s Meat Roasts
Home bred and reared Wild Boar X hog roast, Water Buffalo and burgers

The Parsons Nose
www.theparsonsnose.com
Farm-produced, hand-made sausages or beefbugers in a fresh bread roll

The Real Boar Co & Wessex Wild Plum Co

www.therealboar.co.uk / www.wessexwildplumcompany.co.uk
Wild boar and game charcuterie and plum liqueurs

Trealy Farm Charcuterie
www.trealyfarm.com
30+ charcuterie products made in Monmouthshire from free range meats


FRESH MEAT & GAME

Bocaddon Farm Veal
www.bocaddonfarmveal.com
Award-winning, welfare-friendly Cornish veal. Mail order available

Chestnut Meats
www.chestnutmeats.co.uk
Fresh goat and horse meat, home produced burgers, sausages, steaks

G & R Tudge
www.tudge-meats.co.uk
Berkshire pork sausages and burgers, wild venison burgers and raw meats

Glam Lamb
www.glamlamb.co.uk
Luxury lamb burgers

N S James
www.nsjames.co.uk
Rare breeds butcher sourcing all meats from within 15 miles of the shop

Neil Powell Master Butchers
www.neilpowell.co.uk
Gourmet ready to eat food prepared freshly, using local ingredients

Specialist Hog Roast
www.specialisthogroast.co.uk
Enjoy fully traceable homebred Welsh pork with apple sauce and stuffing

spoiltpig
www.spoiltpig.co.uk
Award winning spoiltpig dry cured British bacon produced in Devon

Traditional Welsh Sausage Co
www.edwardsofconwy.co.uk

Welsh Venison Centre
www.beaconsfarmshop.co.uk
We are a local farming family, butchers and farm shop


POULTRY & WILDFOWL

Madgetts Farm Poultry
www.madgettsfarm.co.uk
Free range poultry, serving duck burgers and chicken sausages

Monmouthshire Turkeys
www.monmouthshireturkeys.co.uk
Organic Bronze Turkeys, locally reared, traditionally processed

Fish and seafood:

Black Mountains Smokery
www.smoked-foods.co.uk
Full range of smoked foods with no additives and gourmet gift hampers

cnwd
www.cnwd.co.uk
Pates and terrines made using locally sourced ingredients

Devon Fishcakes
www.devonfishcakes.com
A unique range of delicious gourmet fishcakes, pies and seafood dishes

Fish in a Box
www.fishinabox.co.uk
Home delivery service of FRESH fish.

Mighty Soft Shell Crab

www.themightysoftshellcrab.com

Soft shell crabs and homemade sweet chilli sauce

The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company
www.beachfood.co.uk
Local sea food and foraged ingredients; a menu influenced by different cultures

The Wrap Shack
www.thewrapshack.co.uk
Garlic tiger prawns and samphire, sweet chilli, lime; smoked haddock chowder

BREADS & BAKED GOODS

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Popty Cara bara brith

Alex Gooch Artisan Baker
alexgoochbaker.com
Organic artisan bread using quality ingredients

Baked By Mel
www.barabrith.co.uk
Traditional Welsh tea loaf made with natural wholesome ingredients

Boulangerie de Paris
www.boulangeriedeparis.com
Natural, delicious, wholesome breads

Burren Bread & Preserves
burrenbread@gmail.com
We make a range of soda breads , scones, cakes, chutneys and preserves

Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits
cradocs@btinternet.com
Six delicious savoury biscuit flavours to pair with fine cheeses

Hardwick Hampers
www.hardwickhampers.co.uk
Award winning biscuits and hamper produce. Amazing peanut butter too

Hobbs House Bakery
www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk
Baking handmade bread for everyone since the 1920’s

Nice Bites
Local bakery, homemade bread, Abergavenny Market

Popty Cara
www.poptycara.co.uk
Handmade artisan cakes including bara brith, Welsh cakes, cider cake, etc

Riverside Sourdough
www.riversidesourdough.co.uk
Delicious sourdough bread, vegan and made using organic ingredients


PIES

Brocklebys
www.brocklebys.co.uk
Multi award winning savory, fruit, game and Melton Mowbray pork pies

Harvies
Handmade gluten free and wheat free pies and sweet pastries

Legges of Bromyard
www.leggesofbromyard.com
Homemade Pies

Snowdrop Cottage Fine Foods
snowdropcottagefinefoods.blogspot.co.uk
Pastries

Tom’s Pies
www.toms-pies.co.uk
Tom’s Pies are lovingly handmade in Devon. Lots of delicious fillings

Fruit and vegetables:

A.J and C.I Snell
www.ajandcisnell.co.uk

Court Farm & Leisure
www.courtfarmleisure.co.uk
Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables

Hughes Fresh Fruit
Fresh pineapples filled with fruit salad, and fresh fruit smoothies

Paul’s Organic Veg
Organic vegetables and fruits grown in Monmouthshire

Riverford Organic
www.riverford.co.uk
Rolling cooking demonstrations using a wide selection of seasonal vegetables

Sea Spring Seeds
www.seaspringseeds.co.uk
Attractive, edible chilli plants, fresh chillies and vegetable seeds

The Onion Man
Breton onions from a bicycle

The Strawberry Stop
www.thestrawberrystop.co.uk
Delicious home grown strawberries and flavoured creams

The Tomato Stall
www.thetomatostall.co.uk
Delicious Isle of Wight tomatoes and tomato inspired products

SAUCES, PICKLES AND CHUTNEYS

Bim’s Kitchen
www.bimskitchen.com
Exotic African-inspired sauces and condiments handmade in North Wales

Claire’s Kitchen
www.claires-kitchen.co.uk
Award winning quality preserves produced at home in small batches

Homemade Country Preserves
www.homemadecountrypreserves.co.uk

Homemade preserves and mustards including diabetic

House of Ceylon
www.houseofceylon.co.uk
Authentic Sri Lankan chutneys and curry pastes, lovingly handmade

Mr Todiwalas
www.cafespice.co.uk
Splendidly spicy and deliciously hot pickles and chutneys

Peperoncino
www.peperoncino.co.uk
Gourmet, hand-made Calabrian-style chilli products made in the uk

Purely Pickled Eggs
www.purelypickledeggs.co.uk
British free range pickled hen and quail eggs in delicious flavours

Sabor de Amor
www.sabordeamor.com
Authentic artisan-made Spanish food with modern and traditional flavours

Scarlett & Mustard
www.scarlettandmustard.co.uk
Producers of dressings, marinades, curds and condiments

Sorai
www.sorai.co.uk
Flavours of Borneo; unique, flavoursome, spicy and versatile sauces

South Devon Chilli Farm
www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk
Delicious handmade Chilli chocolate, preserves and sauces

The Garlic Farm
www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk
Garlic – fresh, smoked, black, seed. Our range of Garlic Goodies

The Preservation Society
www.the-preservation-society.co.uk
Our Candied Jalapenos are truly ‘Life Changing’!

The Tracklement Company
www.tracklements.co.uk
A multi award-winning artisan range of savoury condiments

The Wasabi Company
www.thewasabicompnay.co.uk
Fresh wasabi, ponzu dressings and vinegars, all available to taste

Franchi Seeds of Italy
www.seedsofitaly.com
Franchi vegetable seeds and soaps

Hot Roasted Nuts
hotcookednuts@hotmail.com
Cinammon roasted nuts and Italian licquorice sticks

Ludlow Nut Co
ludlownut.co.uk
Award winning breakfast cereals, nuts, dried fruits and confectionery

Wil’s Smokehouse
www.wilssmokehouse.co.uk
Seriously tasty smoked organic gluten free foods with attitude


HONEY, JAMS & MARMALADES

Coedcanlas
www.coedcanlas.com
Pembrokeshire foods, honeys and marmalades with a Sicilian connection

Hilltop Honey
www.hilltop-honey.com
Raw Welsh honey from the Valleys of Mid Wales

Miranda’s Preserves
www.mirandas-preserves.co.uk
Jams, chutneys, marmalades, jellies and curds – all home made

Radnor Preserves
www.radnorpreserves.com
Exquisite award winning handmade preserves from the Welsh Marches

Seren Foods
www.seren-foods.co.uk
Wine and chili jellies, fish pate and beef jerky

Wye Valley Apiaries
www.wyevalleyhoney.co.uk
Artisan producers of local honey, beeswax based skincare and candles

Herbs, spices and condiments:

Halen Mon
Anglesey Sea Salt

Anglesey Sea Salt Company
www.halenmon.com
Pure and flavoured sea salt PDO from Wales

Forage Fine Foods
www.foragefinefoods.com
A tiny business that makes very big flavours. Wild in a jar

JustIngredients
www.justingredients.co.uk

Kitchen Flowers
www.kitchenflowers.co.uk
Versatile floral jelly, syrup and vinegar, handmade with edible flowers

LittlePod
www.littlepod.co.uk
Vanilla paste, chocolate, coffee extracts, Madagascan vanilla pods, vanilla beer

Petals of the Valley
www.petalsofthevalley.co.uk
Fragrant Welsh rosewater and melt-in-the mouth Welsh “Turkish” delight

The Gourmet Gardener
www.thegourmetgardener.co.uk
Seasonal flavoured condiments

Upton Cheyney Chilli Company
www.uptonchilli.co.uk
UK farmed chilli, award winning chilli sauces, chocolate, and oil

Womersley Fruit & Herb Vinegars
www.womersleyfoods.co.uk
Proud to be returning and with some delightful new flavours to inspire you

Olives and oil:

Arganic
www.myarganic.co.uk
100% pure, cold-pressed, organic argan oil

Avlaki Superb Organic Olive Oils
www.oliveoilavlaki.com
Fresh bottled from pressing, real extra virgin organic olive oils

Cotswold Gold
www.cotswoldgold.co.uk
Rapeseed oil

Fino
Spanish olive oil and balsamic

Olives & Things
Olives, homemade marinades using own-grown herbs and chillies, vine leaves

The Olive Press
www.theolivepress.co.uk
Freshly dressed olives, Mediterranean mezes, extra virgin olive oils

Vegetarian:

Arabica Food & Spice Company
www.arabicafoodandspice.com
Middle Eastern foods – spices,  baklawa and Turkish delight

Gretas Whole Foodies
Vegetarian and vegan burgers, sold hot in organic rolls and frozen in boxes

Handmade Scotch Egg Company
www.handmadescotcheggs.co.uk
Scotch eggs

Hodmedod
hodmedods.co.uk
British-grown beans, peas, quinoa and grains: dry, in cans or roasted

PommePommeFoods
Spicy homemade falafel with fresh mezze salads and relishes

Selwyn’s Crispy Seaweed
www.selwynsseafoods.co.uk
Crispy seaweed snacks

The Cooking Cooks
www.cookingcooks.com
Delicious Italian cuisine, using the freshest ingredients

The Parsnipship
theparsnipship.co.uk
Unique and original vegetarian and vegan foods

CAKES & PATISSERIES 

Gower Cottage Brownies
www.gowercottagebrownies.co.uk
“The best Brownies we have ever tasted.” BBC Good Food Magazine

La Creme Patisserie
www.lacremepatisserie.co.uk
Award winning desserts and Cowin Lush cheesecakes

Little Round Cake Company
www.thelittleroundcakecompany.co.uk
Delicious tweeners (mini layer cakes), meringues, tarts and brownies

Love at First Bake
www.loveatfirstbake.co.uk
Delicious handmade cakes and muffins that defy they’re Gluten Free

Love Patisserie
Lovingly handmade artisan French style sweet pastries and Florentines

Narnas
www.narnaschocolates.co.uk
Belgian chocolate cakes

The Chocolate Brownie Company
www.chocbrownieco.co.uk
Pick n mix boxes of homemade brownies – funky flavours – OMG they’re lush!

The M’hencha Company
www.themhenchacompany.co.uk
Great Taste 3* Award winning exotic Moroccan inspired pastry cakes


CONFECTIONARY

sweet
Black Mountain Gold Chocolates

Barry Colenso Chocolates
www.barrycolenso.co.uk
Delicious chocolates created by Master Chocolatier Barry Colenso

Black Mountain Gold Chocolate
www.blackmountainchocolate.org

Chocolate House
www.chocolate-house.co.uk
A selection of handmade chocolates made in Wales

Cocoa Runners
www.cocoarunners.com
Bean to bar chocolate

Cococaravan
www.cococaravan.com

Fudgeheaven
www.Fudgeheaven.co.uk
Fudge or truffle? You decide. A taste of Heaven made by a little devil

Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn
Try over 40 flavours of their Great Taste Award-winning popcorn!

NOMNOM Chocolate
www.nomnom.cymru
Chocolate bars, relentless wonder, milk, magic and mischief

Sciolti Botanical Chocolates
www.scioltichocolates.com
International artisan chocolatier

The Raw Chocolate Pie Company
www.rawchocpie.co.uk
Sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and delicious

Welsh Confection
www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheWelshConfection
Handmade marshmallow, brittles, honeycomb and praline


ICE CREAM

Cowpots
www.cowpotsicecream.co.uk
Ice cream and soft cheeses made with jersey cows milk

Rowlestone Farmhouse Ice cream
www.rowlestonecourt.co.uk
Ice cream made from our cows milk and cream, and fantastic fruit sorbet

Shepherds Ice Cream
www.shepherdsicecream.co.uk
Delicious coffee and gelato-style ice cream made with whole sheep’s milk

The Hive Aberaeron Honey Ice Cream
www.thehiveaberaeron.com
The Hive, Aberaeron offering delicious Honey Ice Cream

Wild Fig
www.wildfigfarm.co.uk
Award winning ice creams and fruit sorbets


PUDDINGS & DESSERTS

Churros Con Chocolate
www.facebook.com/lovelychurros
Delicious Spanish doughnuts served with luxurious hot chocolate sauce!

The Pudding Shop
Steamed sweet and savoury puddings

The Pudding Wagon
A selection of delicious homemade puddings to eat now or take home

NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Breckland Orchard
www.brecklandorchard.co.uk
Award winning gently carbonated Posh Pop, made with passion – Enjoy!

Rocket Juice
www.rocket-juice.co.uk
Making and selling fresh juice and crispy Welsh seaweed

Shocka’s Coconut Hub
shockascoconuthub@gmail.com
Freshly chopped coconut water alongside alcoholic Shocktails mix

The Fresh Lemonade Co
Fresh lemonade and cocktails!

The Lemonade Lady
Freshly squeezed lemonade

Yarty Cordials
www.yartycordials.com
Britain’s premium hand crafted cordials, vinegars and food rubs


SPIRITS & LIQUERS

Amanda Jane’s of Anglesey & Adamson’s of Anglesey
www.amandjanesofanglesey.co.uk
Fruit and herb flavoured vinegars, real ales, fruit gins and vodkas

British Cassis
www.britishcassis.co.uk
Alcoholic fruit mixers made using locally sourced fruit juice

Chase Distillery
www.chasedistillery.co.uk
Spirits grown, distilled and bottled on one family run farm in Herefordshire

Gibson’s Organic Liqueurs
gibsonsorganic.co.uk
Award winning organic fruit liqueurs from the Cotswolds

The Shack Revolution
www.theshackrevolution.co.uk
Cracking cocktails and fresh juices

Tipsy Fruit Gins
www.tipsyfruitgins.co.uk
Gin, vodka and rum based liqueurs

Warner Edwards Distillery
www.warneredwards.com
Award winning dry, sloe, elderflower and rhubarb gins


TEA & COFFEE

CC’s Coffee Bar
Speciality coffees, hot chocolates and teas

Chantler Teas
www.chantlerteas.co.uk
Premium ethically sourced loose leaf tea including own Welsh blends

Comins Tea House
www.cominsteahouse.co.uk

Sherston Tea Company
www.sherstontea.com
Award winning teas and tisanes

Tea People
www.teapeople.co.uk
Natural whole leaf teas and herbal infusions from a social enterprise

The Angel Hotel
www.angelabergavenny.com
Fresh coffee and cakes

Welsh Coffee Company
www.welshcoffee.com
Fresh roasted speciality coffee, roasted by Welsh Dragons!


WINE

Bordeaux Undiscovered
www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk
High quality French wine assortments at affordable prices

Cwm Deri Vineyard
www.cwm-deri.co.uk
Welsh wines, mead and liqueurs all made at our Pembrokeshire vineyard

Emilia
www.emiliauk.london
Quality truly Italian wines

Franciacorta
www.franciacorta.net/en/
Wine tastings from the Franciacorta region in Italy.  Ticketed events

Frome Valley Vineyard
www.fromevalleyvineyard.co.uk
Delicious sparkling, white and rose English wines from Herefordshire

Moreno Wines & Gilbies
www.gilbies.co.uk
Specialist suppliers of Spanish wines and craft beers

Supercherry
www.supercherry.co.uk
Italian sour cherry wine, sour cherries, cherry Acquavite and liqueurs

Viader Vintners
viader.co.uk
Independent fine wine merchant, est. 2001

Street food:

AaHaan Thai
www.aahaanthai.com

American Street Food Limited
facebook.com/dixiekitchenUK
Griddled bratwurst baps with Hawaiian coleslaw, chilli and southern barbecue sauce

Boontatoo Thai food
Fresh cooked Thai food by Boontatoo Thai restaurant in Abergavenny

Café Spice Namaste
www.cafespice.co.uk
Authentic Indian street food from Goa, Hyderabad and Kashmir

Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company
enquiries@dustyknucklepizzacompany.co.uk
Wood fired pizza

Earth Ovens
www.earthovens.co.uk
Authentic pizzas cooked in a wood-fired earth oven

Hang Fire Smokehouse
www.hangfiresmokehouse.com
Authentic American Barbecue

Meat And Greek
info@meatandgreek.co.uk
Traditional Greek Cypriot BBQ – Souvlaki

Rule of Tum
www.aruleoftum.com
Burgers and other treats, local and seasonal ingredients with provenance

Sir Ollie’s
www.sirollies.co.uk
Griddled sandwich of 12 hour ox cheek, thyme confit onions and emmental

The Cheese Truck
www.thecheesetruck.co.uk
Buying direct from the farm, dishes to celebrate great British cheese

The Poffertjes Co
www.poffertjes.co.uk
Gorgeous Dutch waffles served from a romantic vintage tram

The Spanish Buffet
www.thespanishbuffet.co.uk
Paella, tapas, sangria, chorizo, Spanish products

The Welsh Creperie Co
www.thewelshcreperie.co.uk
Delicious sweet and savoury crepes from the authentic Welsh creperie