Hooray! Bodnant Welsh Food Centre had their official opening on Friday 1st Match, St David's Day, followed by a launch weekend involving local producers sampling a great range of local products, everything from Chilly Cow ice cream to Mostyn Kitchen Garden's Chutneys. It was nice to be asked to be part of their opening and always good to see people you know. Judith from Judith Bond Cakes from Llandudno was there and I also chatted to the Headmaster of San Sior school, Ian, who provided me with honey last year for our award winning honey cream cheese. Hopefully it won't be too long until they have their next batch. Some of the children from San SIor school were also delivering their school eggs. Apparently, the school is the only commercial producer of eggs in the UK and have over 200 chickens, along with many reptiles. A fabulous entrepreneurial school.
Yesterday was also a chance for me to sample my Penderyn Whisky cream cheese which seemed to go down very well indeed. I had a few comments about how unusual it was - cream cheese with a subtle taste of Penderyn Whisky, spread on warm barra brith (literally “mottled bread”) is delicious.
For those foodies out there go visit Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, grab a nice coffee, enjoy a hand stretched pizza or Chilly Cow ice cream and take a look round the Farm Shop..you won't be disappointed!
Here's my cheese photographed by the fabulous Del Sneddon which I'm really pleased about - take a look on twitter @delsneddon - the food he makes is mouthwatering! I've also finally got round to updating my website - still a bit more work to do and I'm looking to launch my on-line shop very soon..so watch this space.
Llandudno had an amazing show of support yesterday for the National Armed Forces Day (Saturday 30th June) with over 100,000 people descending on the pretty Victorian town. Prime Minister Theresa May and Princess Anne attended the military celebration too, alongside 1,000 serving service personnel and veterans who paraded through the town. The Red Arrows showed their support with planes which took part in a Battle of Britain memorial flight and there was a large military display on Bodafon Fields. A Food and Drinks Tent exhibiting local produce selling everything from Gins to Chocolate was supported by Conwy Council, where I had my cheese stall. I was glad of some support in giving out lots of cheese samples. This was the calm before the storm.
Food and Drink was certainly on the menu at a recent Marketing Masterclass in North Wales, organised by the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board. It was time away from the day job to focus on marketing my new cheese and packaging. The best line up of speakers talked Food and Drink; Jimmy from Jimmy's Iced Coffee talked about Passion to Profit (honest and very funny) to David Levin from That Lot Social Media; talked us through the highs and lows of Social Media and the social feeds for Channel 4, Jamie Oliver, Nando's and Have I got News For You. Food was fabulous throughout the day with lunch provided by Dylan's Restaurant (the best North Wales restaurants by the seas quoted by the Sunday Times this week). Producers had the chance to book a one-to-one session with leading industry experts. Above left is Llana Taub co-founder of SNACT who makes fruit jerky and banana bars whilst tackling food waste - just brilliant. The elephant in the room (no, not me - the big countdown timer) meant that producers had 15 minutes to showcase their brand, which created an urgency/panic to get straight to the point. Good to have great feedback when your a 'one woman band'. If you are looking to develop/grow your Welsh food/drink brand, then you can't go far wrong with the support of Food and Drink Wales - you just have to Tuck In!