Events: Great Tastes of Wales

With an eye on great Welsh tastes, Mrs Deli started a recent visit to the Speciality and Fine Foods Fair by making a beeline for the Hilltop Honey stand

The Speciality and Fine Food Fair is a leading showcase for fine foods and drink and the ideal place to start the process of bring great tastes to The High Street Delicatessen 

Excitingly, there were lots of amazing Welsh brands on show,  exactly the sort of regional provenance that we plan for our shelves. What an array of talent and the day flew by as the conversations flowed, the taste buds were tantalised and brochures and business cards were gathered

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Many of the Welsh business names will be familiar

Scott Davies at Hilltop Honey is a real local success story. In only 4 years, he has expanded from his Mum and Dad’s kitchen table to a substantial Caersws-based business which supplies high quality raw honey both locally and in major national outlets. We are excited by the prospect of bringing Scott’s full range to The High Street Delicatessen

Just over the hill from our own home in the beautiful rolling mid-Wales hills, there are signs of chocolate alchemy at work. The ‘intrepid chocolateers’ of Coco Pzazz captured Mrs Deli and imprisoned her for some hours, according to her story. The ransom of tasting several flavours was, I understand, a heavy price to pay but a necessary sacrifice! Mm, I think Mrs Deli protests just a little too much!!

The ‘fabulously flavoured’ meringue treats of Kerry-based Ooomeringues prove that you can enjoy delicious dessert treats even if you need them to be free from gluten, wheat dairy or full fat. Just add fruit, coulis, chocolate or curds

If your pudding preference is a cheese board, look no further than Cradoc’s hand-baked vegetable biscuits. We are excited at the thought of their gorgeous packaging on The High Street Delicatessen shelves signposting great savoury tastes produced in a solar powered bakery

If it is seasoning for your meal you are looking for then Halen Môn sea salt from Anglesey is a must. Internationally acclaimed and used by many renowned restaurants, this natural sea salt product is a huge Welsh success story

The Mushroom Garden in Snowdonia wants to ” … bring mushrooms to your plate in exciting and innovative ways …”. It is no surprise that the Guild of Fine Foods is recognising the love bestowed on their imaginative products, such as the Mushroom Caviar, which was presented with a Great Taste award in 2014

No surprise either that Mrs Deli ended her day with a cheeky tipple from the Apple County Cider Co. With a simple range of ‘medium’ or ‘medium dry’ single variety offerings, Monmouthshire cider maker Ben Culpin is really making waves. It was no surprise that the Guild of Fine Foods awarded 3 Gold Stars to one of his ciders and a place in the coveted overall ‘Top 50 Foods’ list too!

This is a fine time for the ‘Great Tastes’ of Wales. We cannot wait to showcase them at The High Street Delicatessen

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