Eat Wales: plan tours and 'foodie'experiences in Wales
- Cwlydian Range Food Trail
As exciting new way to discover the gastronomic delights of the scenic Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The trail will take you through some of the most spectacular views in the Clwydian Range from Loggerheads through the picturesque market towns of Ruthi, Denbigh and beyond. www.foodtrail.co.uk
- Bodnant Welsh Food
Experience Welsh food at this food centre located at Furnace Farm on the Bodnant Estate, north Wales. It has a wonderful range of stone farm buildings dating from the 18th century and the buildings have come back to life as a home for the best in local and Welsh food. There’s a farm shop selling predominantly Welsh produce, a tea-room and restaurant serving mainly Welsh food, a cookery school and it's also home for the new National Beekeeping Centre for Wales. Visitors can combine a visit to the famous Bodnant Garden.
- Wild About Pembrokeshire
Choose a course to learn about wild produce, and the lanes, green byways and coastline around the historic Cathedral City of St Davids. No walk or course is the same because of the different ingredients each season offers. There will be lots of fun experimenting with different flavours and discovering all sorts of weird bits of information whilst enjoying Pembrokeshire's glorious scenery. www.wildaboutpembrokeshire.co.uk
- Carmarthenshire Food Trails
The three mapped trails are aimed at all visitors - from self-caterers and campers keen to avoid the big supermarkets, hungry travellers who fancy tasting their way around the country and those who want to understand the agricultural landscape, have out of the ordinary food experiences and meet the locals! Each trail directs visitors to proper local food experiences - farm shops, markets, butchers, pie shops, pubs, fish and chips and authentic dining.
- Carmarthenshire Cake Adventure
Cookies and cake car tour and a 50 mile cycle tour of Carmarthenshire’s sweet hot spots. You can choose to do the whole adventure in one day or just choose your favourite bits.
- Taste Trail Ceredigion
The county of Ceredigion has some of our best farming country backed by a cracking coastline. This foodie journey takes in flour mills, organic vegetable producers, chocolatiers, cheese-makers, foragers, crab fishers and a brewery.
Home Hosted Dinners
Home hosted dinners are a great way to enjoy home cooked meals with local people so that your guests can experience Welsh food with Welsh families and learn about life in Wales. Home hosted dinners run by Donna Goodman, a Blue Badge Guide, are currently available in North Wales for groups of 6+.
Email Donna for more information. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cookery Schools & Workshops
The country is a melting pot of fresh and varied ingredients, and some of the country's top chefs are opening up their kitchens to pass on top tips to culinary-minded travellers.
- Bodnant Cookery School
Furnace Farm is a wonderful range of farm buildings dating from the 18th century in the Conwy Valley. It is just off the A470 from Llandudno to Betws y Coed and close to the A55. Learn hands-on cooking skills from some of the country's top artisan craftspeople and chefs. Experiences include cookery demonstrations, half day and full day courses, weekend breaks, monthly supper clubs and kid’s academy. There’s also on-site farmhouse accommodation with 6 rooms and award winning breakfasts! Private hire and tailor-made courses can be offered. Perfect for team building for groups from 8-24.
- Angela Gray at Llanech Vineyard
Angela Gray is a food writer, food consultant and former chef to the rich and famous including Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. She has appeared on many foodie programmes on BBC radio and TV, written food related articles for newspapers and magazines and has also written a number of books. Angela’s cookery school at Llanerch Vineyard offer an exciting programme of courses and events including one day courses, skill builders, masterclasses, cookstart academy, Saturday Morning Kitchen, lunch club, chef nights, special events, Weber Grill academy and bespoke events. The vineyard also offers 5 star accommodation with 11 rooms, a bistro cafe and bar and vineyard tours.
- Anglesey Cookery School
Located in the beautiful setting of Parc Cefni in Anglesey the cookery school hosts small cookery classes for up to 6 people. Experiences include cookery demonstrations, half and full day courses, Saturday Kitchen, junior chef academy, culinary holidays, private and corporate cookery classes and team building events.
- The Culinary Cottage
The Culinary Cottage is located near the market town of Abergavenny, overlooking the Black Mountains in The Brecon Beacons National Park. Penny Lewis offers a range of cookery courses including 1-5 days residential courses, one day courses and speciality courses. The 150 year old country cottage offers 4-star accommodation with 3 rooms. Courses are restricted to small numbers to ensure that everyone gets involved.
- Cornerhouse Cookery
Cornerhouse Cookery was set up by former TV Director and Producer Tina Moss in 2010. A range of cookery classes, parties and team building events are offered to beginners and experienced cooks in Tina’s spacious kitchen at her home in Whitchurch, Cardiff. Groups of up to 16 people can be accommodated.
- The Drovers Rest
The Drovers Rest Restaurant has a cooking school in Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales, with courses exploring traditional Welsh cooking as well as contemporary tastes and techniques. They range from a few hours to several days and includes dinner parties, everyday cooking, patisserie day, Welsh cooking day and vegetarian dishes using sustainable local food.
- Llys Meddyg
Llys Meddyg is located in the small town of Newport in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is offering annual foraging workshops. It includes a great introduction to the seashore, woodland and hedgerow foraging and a hands-on experience in the kitchen. Courses include forage and feast days; introduction to the art of butchery; smoking and curing for pork, game and fish; preserving wild foods; fishing and shooting.
Markets & festivals
A great way to find out about food in Wales is to visit a local Farmer’s market. Many locations throughout Wales have farmers markets where you can buy food direct from producers.
Food Festivals Wales
Food Festivals Wales’s culinary calendar, which represents a celebration of the great flavours of Wales, has over 40 food festivals taking place throughout the year. Festivals are a great opportunity to taste, talk about and buy the best local produce available directly from the farmer or food producer.
Purchasing Welsh Food
Gourmet Wales- the on-line deli for luxury Welsh food from Celtic Pride beef to award winning Welsh wines. There’s also a selection of hampers available or if you prefer you can build your own.