Welsh Street Food Takeover – Launch Night

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Woopwoop! We are so excited to be a part of the launch of the Welsh Street Food Takeover at the EARL HAIG Memorial CLUB in Whitchurch.

Friday 5 May – 3pm to 9pm

There is a fantastic selection of local food available from some of the best independent traders in South Wales… and right on our doorstep!

Confirmed traders joining us:
That Fish Guy – the best fish and chips you’ll eat this year.
The Original Goodfillas Company – deep fried calzones like you won’t believe.
El Chilango Cocina Mexicana – authentic tacos to tantilise your tastebuds.
Babita ‘s Spice Deli – wonderful vegan and vegetarian friendly Indian cuisine.
MJ’s Monmouth – sweet and tasty crepes prepared in front of your eyes.
Shellys-The Welsh Shortbread Company – homemade Welsh Cakes hot from the griddle, plus hot puddings, and shortbread to take away.
Parva Spices – an incredible range of spices that will transform your home-cooked curries and chillis.
GUY Hottie – homemade hot, and not so hot, chilli sauces.

Join us… and bring your blooming friends… for what we hope to be the first of many great nights!

Thanks for the memories…

In September and early October, we were privilleged to be involved in the Alzhemier’s Society Memory Walks in Wales. We attended events in Cardiff, Llanelli and on the Glanusk Estate in Crickhowell alongside the always fabulous Brodies Coffee Co. and our new friend The Mobile Oasis.

It was inspiring to see literally thousands of people giving up their time on a Sunday morning to walk anywhere from 3km – 8km raising money for the society. Each walker had a message attached to their t-shirts to show who they were walking to remember so it was clear just how many people are affected by dementia.

The Cardiff walk was the largest event with several thousand walkers assembling at the start line in Cardiff Bay. When the walk started at 11am, it was as if someone had pulled a plug out of the basin as the sea of people, all in white t-shirts, disappeared across the start line and around the corner.

Big congratulations to everyone that completed the walk… Here’s to 2017!

In the words of Green Day…

… Summer has come and passed.

Where have the last few months gone? It feels like a really ‘old person’ thing to say, but the summer as flown by. As we head into the Autumn season, we look back over our first summer of events.

We started August at The Big Welsh Bite in Pontypridd. This fantastic event takes place every year in Ynysangharad Park, in the shadow of the awesome Lido Ponty. We had an awesome weekend basking in the sunshine amongst a collection of great food providers. It was a pleasure to work alongside Go with the Fro for the first time – these guys offer lovely milkshakes, smoothies and frozen yogurts covered with some really decadent toppings… and they’re all vegan! It was also great to have a catch up with the awesome Goodfillas,  smashing out their delicious pockets of taste all weekend.

Our position in the park allowed us to catch a few glimpses of the arena shows going all weekend – who knew alpacas could jump so high?! Thanks to everyone who supported us and to those who shared their feedback with us online.

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The summer also included a few trips west to Swansea for Kitchen Takeovers at No 6, and for The Swansea Food and Drink Festival at Brangwyn Hall. The weather didn’t really play ball for the food festival, but it was great to see that people weren’t put off by this and we had a chance to chat to lots of lovely customers.

And speaking of poor weather… It was a little like working behind a waterfall when we joined Merthyr by Sea. The beach was installed into the town centre, complete with deck chairs, fairground rides and sticks of rock! In between monsoon-like showers, we enjoyed watching sandcastles aplenty being constructed.

Finally, we rounded off our summer with The Hub Festival in the centre of Cardiff. What a fantastic weekend!! We loved every minute, met loads of fantastic people, and received so much great feedback that we were left with a warm glow for several days after… Bring on 2017! It was also a pleasure to meet the good people of Katiwok for the first time – their takeaway is on Crwys Road and if you haven’t yet sampled their Kati Rolls yet then do it. Do it now. Now.

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From music… to food… to music again.

Despite the Great British weather’s most adamant (and wet!) protestations, it actually is the summer which means that it’s festival season…

We were delighted to spend the first 9 days of the schools’ summer holidays enjoying the wonderful range of music acts at Monmouth Festival. Almost every night, we found ourselves singing along to the music from the main stage. We were so impressed by 4th Street that we streamed their album the whole way home – give them a listen, you won’t regret it.

This was our longest and biggest event to date and it was an absolute pleasure to build up a collection of ‘regulars’ across the week – thank you to those of you that chose to dine with us most nights. It was always a joy for us to see your smiling faces approaching each night.

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Our immediate neighbours for the week kept us laughing and well fed all week too – That (wonderful) Fish Guy did his usual magic with the ocean’s inhabitants and Whittingham Catering were always on hand with some fab noodles and sauces. Special mention as well to Geoff of MJ’s Fresh Food Bar who was a little further down the line serving up some of the nicest crepes we’ve had the pleasure of sampling… Geoff opened his cafe in June, and he’s already making waves (and pizzas, juices and smoothies) in the town centre – make sure you call in next time you’re there.

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The warm welcome we’ve always received in Monmouth was present throughout the festival and we hope to return to the town again soon.

Onwards with the rest of the summer though, and we have a few more festivals ahead … On the 6th and 7th of August, it’s all about The Big Welsh Bite in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd.

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We visited this event in 2015 as we were preparing to launch Bwydiful and had a fab day, which included sampling loads of good food…… all in the name of research you understand! As we left that day, we told ourselves that we had to be there, on the other side of the counter, in 2016 so we were over the moon when our application was accepted.

And, to round off the month, we’ll be at the HUB Festival in Cardiff City Centre.

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With over 200 live acts, street performances, dancing, spoken word, an actual art gallery and so much more, this is definitely one not to be missed.

The main event…

Monmouth is definitely one of our favourite places to visit. The town is beautiful, the people are friendly and always welcome us very warmly. We’ve really enjoyed each of our monthly visits for MonFest Street Food at Shire Hall over the last 6 months, all of which were building up towards the main event…

We are super excited that we will be at the Monmouth Festival every night from Friday 22 July – Saturday 30 July! Monmouth Festival is a nine day free festival offering the unique atmosphere of yesteryear festivals in the here and now. We’ll be with the Main Stage, in Blestium (Cattle Market) Car Park (NP25 3EQ) where there is a fantastic programme of music planned every night…

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This really is the perfect start to the school summer holidays.

The whole thing kicks off at 6pm every night. We will be serving up your favourite Bwydiful burgers every night… Just look for the bright orange trailer!