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The Welsh Food & Drink Skills Project have appointed Llaeth y Llan yoghurt makers Gareth and Valmai Roberts as ambassadors for the Welsh Food and Drink Skills Project. The project has been set up to showcase how the Welsh Food industry can be a good career choice for new recruits. Their Ambassadors will be featured in one of their short films, highlighting the importance of skills in delivering quality long-term careers for the Welsh Food industry.
A new recycling plant near St Asaph will be operational in a few months time. The Waen Anaerobic Digestion plant will process food waste from Conwy, Flintshire and Denbighshire generating cost effective, environmentally friendly power for up to 1500 homes. Waste products will be converted into biofertiliser for use on local farms.
Over 200 new jobs have been created at the new Dunbia meat plant in Ceredigion, to provide products for a large supermarket chain. The company has invested 7.5 million pounds into its new venture, which has also had a 1.8 million pound grant from the Welsh Assembly government.
Wales is the first part of the UK to be affected by new food hygiene legislation, requiring food businesses to prominently display their food hygiene ratings and will be enforced by local councils. The ratings will range from 0-5 with 5 being the highest and have been extended from the previous ‘scores on the doors’ voluntary system.
The Farmers’ Union of Wales welcomed the news and said it was an opportunity for Welsh farmers to become involved in a new market, worth more than sixty million pounds per year.
The Festival is taking place on Sunday July 21st, 11am – 4pm at the Kymin Hose and grounds, Beach Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 1JX. The aim of the event is to promote local growers, producers and suppliers. With over 30 stalls offering a wide variety of products and hot and cold meals the day gives a great taste of what is available locally.
For seven years the Welsh Food Festival has been staged at Glansevern Hall in Berriew, near Welshpool, Powys. But organisers have decided to take a year off while the property, which is on the market for £3.2m, is sold. The festival attracts about 6,000 visitors a year, and its organisers hope the event will continue under the hall’s new owners in 2014.
Since being founded in 2004 as part of the Cowbridge Charter Trust’s 750 year celebrations, Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival has grown from a one day event with 40 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors to a whole weekend attracting 120 applications for the 80 exhibition stands, and over 15,000 visitors. In 2010 the event was awarded the National Tourism Awards Wales: Best Community Event 2010.
CIDER MAKING FESTIVAL – 13th & 14th OCTOBER 2012. 11am – 4pm On both days.
There will be an opportunity to taste (and buy) some of the more unusual varieties from Britain – you certainly won’t find these varieties pre-packed on any supermarket shelf!