Saturday, 3 March 2012

True Taste of Wales

Well, I have never felt quite so Welsh in London.  This weekend for the Saint Davids Day celebrations, the True Taste of Wales is here on the South Bank.  The Real Food Market invited the best of the Welsh food and drink suppliers to display their wares.

So, if ever there had been a journey for Jenni this was it!  A Welsh girl in London - perfect! I was drawn like a magnet to let the Welsh food to tickle my taste buds.  With live cookery demonstrations from the true taste truck and entertainment by the Royal Welsh College, it really is a great way to spend the afternoon. 

Walking around the market sampling the Welsh cheeses, eating bake stones and sipping cider, I was struck by just how much time the Welsh folk had to talk, with fire in their bellies, about their food and nation.  It really is a great time for the Welsh at the moment with the rugby Grand Slam just weeks away and I can really say that all of the market holders are keeping a welcome there for you.

One stall where I couldn't help but outstay my welcome was the Blaenafon Cheddar Company.  "Lady Cheddar", in full Welsh attire, told me the tales of her family run business and the secret of how the cheese is made (only in Wales).  If I said down a dark, damp pit would you believe me?  That one you will just have to sample for yourself - my favourite cheese is the Dragons breath which has a fiery kick to it!

I was then off to cool down my mouth with some Ty-Gwyn cider an award winning Welsh Company.  Tasty, light and refreshing Cider, if I outstayed my welcome here, I could have been rolling home. So, I moved on to some Welsh brownies from The Chocolate Brownie Company with inventive flavours such as lime and chilli chocolate - the caption is "OMG they're lush" ( need I say more?)

But you can't have a taste of Wales without having some Welsh Brew and a Welsh cake and so a big thanks to Dylan at Popty cae groes bakery and Welsh Brew tea for fulfilling that craving!

I later caught up with Phillip Lowrey of Real Food Festivals to talk about the idea behind it.  If you want to know more, then take a look at my video for yourself and head down to the South Bank to let the Welsh "kiss away each hour of hiraeth"!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenni - great to make your acquaintance today, despite making Anthony jealous!
    I got a good picture of you with old HERO.
    Robin x