Festive treats and tasty tipples are just some of the delights on offer from a host of new food and drink producers being showcased at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Llanelwedd next week (November 26th & 27th) .
Making their debut in the ever popular Food Hall will be producers from across Wales, each of which has something new to offer food-loving show-goers.
They will be exhibiting under the auspices of Cywain – a Menter a Busnes delivered project that supports the development of growth orientated businesses in the food and drink sector in Wales.
Says Cywain Marketing Officer, Elin Wiliam:
“The line-up of producers will change each day on the stand, enabling us to showcase as many producers as possible and increase the variety of new food and drink on offer in the Food Hall.
“Many of these producers are trading for the first time so customers really will be getting something ‘hot from the kitchen’.
“With Christmas fast approaching many of the producers will have festive focussed products which will provide visitors with an ideal opportunity to stock up for the festive period or purchase a present or two.”
The producers exhibiting at the Cywain stand in the Food Hall are as follows:
MONDAY – NOVEMBER 26th
What started as home-made gifts for family and friends has become a growing farm diversification for fruit liqueur producer Shlizzy.
Elisabeth Jones infuses gin and vodka with fruit from her family's farm at Bodfari, which was a Pick Your Own farm for nearly 30 year, to create liqueurs and chocolates.
Shlizzy liqueurs can be drunk neat, over ice, with a mixer or as a tasty addition to a glass of fizz. It's the ideal accompaniment to any special occasion drink – especially weddings – as Shlizzy offer all the range in fabulous wedding favour sizes, making them the perfect gift for any guest, family or friend.
The range includes apple, blackcurrant, cherry, gooseberry, plum, raspberry, and rhubarb.
Perfect for any occasion, the liqueurs come in a variety of sizes from 20ml party/gift size to 200ml bottles.
At the Winter Fair, there will also be truffles and Christmas cakes infused with Shlizzy liqueur, which can be bought separately or in a hamper with liqueurs of your choice.
More information: www.shlizzy.co.uk
Artisan chocolatier Baravelli’s has added a delicious premium cocoa liqueur to its repertoire.
Cocoacello brings together Conwy chocolatier Mark Baravelli’s Italian heritage with the chocolate-making skills that have helped he and his wife Emma reap countless awards.
A twist on the traditional Italian liqueur Limoncello, the cocoa-infused Cocoacello is an elegant drink – ideal as an aperitif or in a cocktail.
To produce the liqueur, the Baravellis have become licenced rectifiers, establishing a new branch of their business – Conwy Distillery Ltd – as a result.
Cocoacello will be available to buy in two sizes at the Winter Fair: 5cl and 50cl.
More information: www.baravellis.com
TY CARREG COOKIES
Katie Rosser only launched her business – Ty Carreg Cookies – last month (October) but orders for her luxury cookies are coming thick and fast!
Llannon-based Katie started making cookies as a child with her grandmother on her farm in Brecon. Enjoyed over the years by family and friends it wasn’t until she baked them as favours for her sister’s wedding that the idea came about to sell them.
Since then she has devised various recipes, and currently has six varieties of cookies: Chocolate Orange, Cherry Bakewell (cherry, marzipan and almond), Triple chocolate, Dark Chocolate & Ginger, White Chocolate & Cranberry, and Fully Loaded (white and dark chocolate, cherry, raisin and hazelnut).
They are made to order for any occasion, including weddings, parties or corporate events. Visitors to the Cywain stand will be able to place cookie orders for Christmas.
Hoping to branch out into supplying local shops, a Ty Carreg Cookies website will be coming soon too.
More information: [email protected]
CASE FOR COOKING
Barely two months on from its launch, Case For Cooking will be showing its range of easy-to-use spice kits and pots at Llanelwedd.
A love of cooking and a passion for fresh produce has led to Carmarthen couple Pete and Cathy Heritage creating their spicy sets and recipes which offer a fun and cost-effective way to spice up mealtimes at home.
The Kits include spices and recipes to make Orange & Basil Beef, Butter Chicken, Spicy Pork, and Vegetable Curry, and the Pots give people the know-how to create curry pastes to make the meat, seafood, or vegetable curry of their choice.
Each Kit or Pot contains an easy-to-follow recipe card and the exact spices and herbs needed to create the dish several times over. No cooking experience is necessary, just some simple ingredients and a healthy appetite!
More information: www.caseforcooking.co.uk
TUESDAY – NOVEMBER 27th
Using cider to make Calvados is something Sebastien Davy’s family in Brittany has done for generations.
Now the Llandudno-based teacher is using those skills to produce vodka, rum and gin-based liqueurs. Developed to be enjoyed on their own they make for an innovative mixer or in a cocktail.
There are currently 13 liqueurs in the Grandma’s Cupboard range including Vodka & Raspberry; Vodka, Orange & Coffee; Rum, Lime & Mint; Rum & Tropical Fruit; Gin, Rhubarb & Elderflower; and Gin & Red Berry.
Winter Fair visitors will also be able to buy ‘stocking filler’ sized-bottles as well as ‘discovery’ and ‘cocktail’ packs.
More information: www.grandmascupboard.co.uk
MEDD MYNYDD/ MOUNTAIN MEAD
Only launched in August (2018) Medd Mynydd/Mountain Mead brings a modern twist to the ancient honey-based drink.
What began as a hobby for Mike Cooke and Jacob Millner – an electrician and tree surgeon respectively – has already become an award-winning business.
A beekeeper himself, Mike is keen to support Welsh beekeepers, and their mead is made traditionally, by fermenting Welsh honey mixed with water.
Available in three varieties, the meads take their names from birds on the Conservation Concern Red List. Gylfinir (Curlew) is a medium dry mead; Melyn yr Eithin (Yellowhammer) is also a medium dry mead and Telor y Coed (Wood Warbler) is a medium sweet mead.
With the festive period fast approaching, the Snowdonia-based meadery is also working on a soon to be released special Christmas mead.
More information: www.mountainmead.co.uk
SOMETHING SWEET WITHOUT WHEAT / GORLAN’S GLUTEN FREE
The past three months have been somewhat of a whirlwind for new baker Gwenno Lloyd Jones whose gluten-free cakes and bakes are in demand from North Wales to Shrewsbury.
Diagnosed gluten intolerant, home-baker Gwenno initially began devising her recipes for friends and family. She dipped her toe into the commercial world at the Menai Food Festival and hasn’t had time to look back, supplying local cafés as well as creating gluten-free birthday cakes and party food.
It is a change of career for the former GP surgery clinical governor officer who is now baking full-time under the name Something Sweet Without Wheat / Gorlan’s Gluten Free. Gwenno makes a variety of cakes, pies, bread, and tarts; and recently learned how to make gluten-free choux pastry at the renowned River Cottage Cookery School.
At the Cywain stand Gwenno, who is based at Clwt y Bont in Gwynedd, will have a variety of gluten-free pastries including mince pies, sweet & savoury tarts and pies.
More information: www.facebook.com/glutenfreegorlan
Hundreds of people visit Brooksgrove Farm near Haverfordwest each year to pick the family-run farm’s crops of seasonal fruit and visit its popular ‘Pumpkin Patch’.
Now that delicious fruit has been turned into a range of ‘naturally versatile’ fruit syrups. Made using just fruit and some sugar the syrups are ideal for drizzling over pancakes, pouring over ice cream, or stirring in porridge or yoghurt. By adding your beverage of choice, they become a flavoursome fruity drink.
There are many syrups available – strawberry, raspberry, apple and elderberry – with more on the way.
More information: www.brooksgrove.co.uk
MABEL GEORGE ORIGINAL FUDGE
Looking for a new direction and inspired by her enterprising grandmother Mabel, Sally Harvey has turned her home-made fudge into a business.
The fudge recipes she has devised in her Pembrokeshire kitchen have proved to be a hit with customers and judges alike – her Stem Ginger Fudge bringing her success at this year’s Great Taste Awards.
Currently, there are eight varieties of Mabel George Original Fudge: Welsh Sea Salt, Clotted Cream, Stem Ginger, Chocolate, Vanilla, Rum & Raisin, Honey, and Coffee.
Sally uses as many Welsh ingredients as possible – including Pembrokeshire honey – and she is also working on some special Christmas fudge, which she hopes to have at the Winter Fair.