AS THE WALES YEAR OF ADVENTURE 2016 gets underway Food and Drink Wales in partnership with Visit Wales have organised an event to showcase the best of Welsh food and drink – a celebration of the country as an adventure destination.
Monday Jan 18 ‘An Adventurous Food Offering’ event takes place at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel in Carmarthen from 11am until 2pm. The event is an opportunity for anyone involved in the tourism, leisure, hospitality and retail industry in Wales to come together and help develop new and innovative food and drink ideas.
Commenting on this partnership Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans said, “We are delighted to work with Visit Wales in bringing together this regional trade event. There is an excellent array of producers in Wales delivering first class, award winning produce. Increasing the visibility of local and regional foods in shops and on menus offers immediate and direct benefits to our local economy. “Food is an integral part of the tourism offer in Wales. There is a strong and growing demand for local food and drink. By working together we can increase the number of worldclass food destinations and promote and deliver quality Welsh food and drink as part of the overall visitor experience.” A range of food and drink producers will be attending the event from local meat producers, dairy suppliers, delicatessens, confectionery and sauces to a number of other food services and support for the food tourism and hospitality sector. One South West Wales company in attendance is Casa Del Cymru, a pasta producer based in Llechryd, Ceredigion. Owners Simon and Gina Sarracini Pope commented, “We are looking forward to attending this event. It gives us a fantastic platform and opportunity to showcase our products, discuss face to face with retailers and introduce potential new buyers to our company.”
Guy Morris of Ffwd-Food, an outside food catering service in Fishguard will be cooking up a selection of dishes using local produce to come up with high energy breakfast ideas, on the go snacks, and other food dietary requirements. In addition to sharing menu ideas of what will work well on menus in different attraction venues. Coleg Sir Gar catering students will also be assisting with the cookery demonstrations.
Event highlights include: • Meet Welsh food and drink producers • A showcase of 170 Great Taste award winning products • Cooking demonstrations and a free locally sourced lunch using quality seasonal produce • Food and drink product ideas for adventure tourism and gift items • ‘On the Plate’ and ‘On the Menu’ showcase • Free one to one product finder service