Category Archives: Local drink

Foodies Event in Crugybar

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Tastes from the Tywi Valley and around — quite an incentive to go along to the Big Cwtch Summer Party on Saturday September 12th, at Glanrannell Park House in Crugybar. Cnwd (number 10 in the Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide 2015, terrines, pâtés, smoked fish) will be there, with chef Scott Davis cooking in a pop-up restaurant by the lake in the grounds, serving local food.

From the Hedge Rose (number 12 in the food guide, free-range rare-breed pork, lamb and beef) is in the line-up, and so is Blas o’r Tan (number 32, pizza oven). Also on the list are Benporium’s spun sugar candy fleece, Big Fish Little Fish, Cothi Valley Goats dairy products, Cwrtau Bach Farm vegetables and savoury preserves, Ginhaus Deli of Llandeilo, Handmade Beer Company, Mr Nice Pie vegan pies, Nomnom Chocolate, Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company seaweed and laverbread, Slow Pig pig roast, Welsh Cottage Cakes, and lots more.

The Big Cwtch is about music too, more than 30 acts  on two stages, and activities for children. It’s a tad expensive, in my opinion, but the idea is to raise money for Ski 4 All Wales, which enables disabled people to take part in winter sports. Full adult tickets are currently £30, children 13-16 £15, 5-12 £10, under 5s free, family ticket £70.

Pity that the Big Cwtch clashes with Llansawel Show, which will be taking place only a couple of miles down the road in the next village! Llansawel Show is competitive for sheep, dogs, ponies and donkeys, besides horticulture, handicrafts, cookery and art — a popular, traditional country show, of course with refreshments (Cegin Pantygwin, number 2 in our food guide) and ice cream (Golwg-y-Mynydd/ Mountain View, number 8).

Hopefully next year, such a clash can be avoided.

PDR

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2015 Llandeilo and Tywi Local Food Guide Coming Soon

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The print version of the 2015 Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide will be out soon and as last year, will be distributed free. To read the draft version online, click on the title: Llandeilo & Tywi Local Food Guide 2015.  Thanks to everyone who agreed to be listed. The entries reflect the wide spectrum of food businesses in Llandeilo and the surrounding area. It’s clear, though, that dairying has fared very badly in recent years, and the survivors deserve medals. The location map is originally from www.walesdirectory.co.uk — to whom we give thanks for permission to use it.  May 4th 2015

Free local food guide now available

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Local food for thought

Free from the Green House, Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, the first edition of Llandeilo Food Network’s 24-page local food guide, listing producers and suppliers of high quality foods and drinks.

The guide is being distributed to other outlets around North Carmarthenshire too, so watch out for it.

Suggestions for enterprises to include in a future edition are welcome — please   email me on patricia@doddracher.com.

Llandeilo Food Network, part of Transition Tywi Trawsnewid, is grateful to the Green House for funding the printing cost.

We apologise for any errors, and hope that we can only improve!

 

 

Four Seasons Daily

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The Nantgaredig premises vacated by Wrights Food Emporium on their move to Llanarthne is newly occupied by the Four Seasons Cafe and Shop.

Atmospheric interior of the Four Seasons Cafe and Shop, Nantgaredig

Atmospheric interior of the Four Seasons Cafe and Shop, Nantgaredig

Emma and Stewart Williams, owners of the adjacent Four Seasons Health and Leisure Club, have opened a cafe and shop serving and selling local food. Produce includes home-made bread and cakes, wines, local cider and beer, free-range eggs, honey and pâtés.

The cafe and shop are open daily from 11am to 5pm. Private parties and meetings are welcome by arrangement. Wifi broadband is available.

Walkers and cyclists are catered for, and there is space to leave bikes where they can be seen.

Four Seasons Cafe and Shop are at Nantgaredig, Carmarthen SA32 7NY. Tel: 01267 290014. The website is http://www.fourseasonswales.co.uk.

Teatime in the Four Seasons, Nantgaredig: informal and relaxing

Teatime in the Four Seasons, Nantgaredig: informal and relaxing

Can you help expand our food guide?

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Busy updating the guide and preparing a printed version.

If you know of any food or drink producers or suppliers, within about 30 miles radius of Llandeilo, who would like to be included, please email patricia@doddracher.com, or post a comment to this site.

We in Llandeilo Food Network / Rhwydwaith Bwyd Llandeilo are a wholly voluntary group, an offshoot from Transition Town Llandeilo. Our purpose is to increase the local production and consumption of food and beverages, to give shoppers the best fresh produce, to boost the local economy, and to cut food miles and thereby carbon emissions.

 

Local Food Flourishes at West Wales Food Fair

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Good food at the West Wales Food Festival come fair weather or foul.

Good food at the West Wales Food Festival come fair weather or foul.

Munching on a venison burger from Sam’s Meat Roast, originating from the other, northern side of the Tywi Valley in Taliaris, I left the West Wales Food Festival last Sunday as the grey clouds released yet another downpour onto the venue, the National Botanic Garden, Llanarthne. The big surprise for me was the big international influence, from ‘The Spanish Buffet’ to ‘Rasoi Indian Kitchen’, the first from Pontypridd and the second from Swansea.

Aromas of India: Rasoi from Pontlliw, Swansea.

Aromas of India: Rasoi from Pontlliw, Swansea.

The Spanish Buffet’s paellas, hams and Mediterranean-inspired dishes are delivered to customers’ doors and to parties and events large and small. Rasoi Indian Kitchen has customers come to them, at their restaurant in Pontlliw, serving “traditional Indian flavours with a modern Welsh twist”, the twist including Welsh lamb. Rasoi, finalist in the Welsh Curry House Awards 2013, spiced up the food fair with delicate aromas.

Whisky is probably not the first product to come to mind when you think of Welsh beverages, but Penderyn wysgi, distilled at Penderyn north of Hirwaun, combines a rich, mellow taste with a welcome kick on a cold day. The stand was very popular! Hirwaun itself is the home of Taylors’ Welsh potato crisps, made using Wales-grown potatoes. The fiery taste of beef and horseradish matches the golden dragon on the packet.

So far, so international, but the interesting tastes from even closer to Llanarthne included meat-free sausages from Contempo Catering’s VDeli range, which has joined the traditional range of cakes and other bakery goods supplied for parties and other events. Lisa Rees’s Contempo Catering is at Llangain, south-west of Carmarthen.

Just over the Carmarthenshire boundary in Ceredigion, at Glynarthen, Llandysul, there is Chocolate Fusion, an artisan chocolate factory, opened in 2012. Wales cannot yet produce cocoa beans but other ingredients are local and the chocolate can be ordered online. Luxurious.

Sarah Jones of Cnwd, Cross Hands: smoked fish caught from coracles and many other fresh local ingredients.

Sarah Jones of Cnwd, Cross Hands: smoked fish caught from coracles and many other fresh local ingredients.

Only a mile or two from Llanarthne, at Cross Hands, is Cnwd, producing smoked salmon, sea trout and mackerel, and terrines and pâtés using local pork, chicken and venison, besides fish. West Wales chef Scott Davis creates the recipes.

The Little Welsh Deli from Grovesend, Swansea: amazing iced cakes and lots more.

The Little Welsh Deli from Grovesend, Swansea: amazing iced cakes and lots more.

Down the road in Grovesend, Swansea, Clare Phillips’ Little Welsh Deli cooks cakes and pasties, including amazing iced cakes for special occasions, and treats like rocky road and seeded muesli bars.

Wales has great food and drink, and the food fair is an ideal way to taste a great deal of it. Just as well that the venison from Sam’s Meat Roast is extremely lean, because the temptation to eat too much is overwhelming.

by Pat Dodd Racher