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The Best Possible Taste

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The Best Possible Taste

The Welsh food and drink scene has never been in better shape. We’ve got hundreds of traditional artisan producers who’ve been doing their thing for generations, joined by lots of perky newcomers full of bright ideas.
 

 

 
  • Central Eating
    The capital of Wales, if you enjoy your grub, is undoubtedly Abergavenny. The fabulous Abergavenny Food Festival takes over the whole town in September, and there’s a brilliant market three days a week, all year. Some of Wales’s best restaurants are clustered around: The Walnut Tree, The Hardwick and The Foxhunter to name but three.
     
  • Shellfish Pleasures
    The Menai Strait produces some of Britain’s very best mussels and oysters, a fact which is celebrated at the annual Anglesey Oyster & Welsh Produce Festival, where they’re usually accompanied by lashings of champagne. A mug of strong tea is the preferred partner of a South Walian’s favourite breakfast: cockles and laverbread, fried up with salty local bacon. You’ll find this on most local breakfast menus, or buy your own ingredients in markets at places like Swansea, Llanelli and Carmarthen.
  • Home Grown
    The £6.5m Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is a culinary centre of excellence, set in old stone farm buildings on the Bodnant Estate near Conwy and showcasing the very best artisan food that Wales has to offer. There’s a farm shop, tea room, restaurant, dairy, bakery and a cookery school – and they all use homegrown produce from the estate itself, local farms, and from around Wales.
     
 
 
  • Trail Mix
    The county of Ceredigion has some of our best farming country backed by a cracking coastline. More importantly, the county is packed with passionate food producers, around 30 of whom have come together to create Taste Train Ceredigion. This epic foodie journey takes in flour mills, organic vegetable producers, chocolatiers, cheese-makers, foragers, crab fishers and a brewery. People who love food, basically.
     
  • Fish Frenzy
    Pembrokeshire Fish Week is an annual celebration of everything fishy, packed with more than 150 events for families, foodies, beach-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, anglers … well, everyone. It happens just about everywhere, too
    – the whole county goes fish-festival crazy for a week in late June / early July.
     
  • Rebel Yell
    There’s been a remarkable explosion in Welsh microbreweries over the last few years. Traditional names like Brain’s and Felinfoel have been joined by fast-growing upstarts like Otley and Evan Evans, and a whole load of left- field artisan brewers like Bullmastiff, Jacobi, Pipes, Purple Moose, and The Kite. But the biggest splash has been made by Tiny Rebel, a funky Newport- based outfit who swept the board at the 2013 Great Welsh Cider and Beer Festival and have just opened their own Urban Tap House in Cardiff.
     

 

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