If you are a fan of locally sourced produce and are looking for inspiration for your next craft project, the Italian-style village of Portmeirion will be hosting its famous food and craft fair on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. There has never been a better time to dig out your camera, paint brushes or even your sewing kit as you let your creative juices flow. You never know, you might even produce a one off creation to be put proudly on display in your own holiday home at West Point Holiday Parks Snowdonia.
Portmeirion will be welcoming visitors from all over the United Kingdom and beyond for the food and craft fair. It is in easy travelling distance from holiday parks in Snowdonia and across the North Wales region. Local businesses will be showcasing their food delights with one of the highlights being a demonstration from the famous “Dai Chef” who has a top restaurant located in Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey. The “Dai Chef” specialises in producing outstanding welsh cuisine and is a familiar face at food festivals all over the country.
Visitors will be spoilt for choice as they get the chance to meet a range of food and drink professionals from across the North Wales region. Fans of shows such as the Great British Bake Off will enjoy meeting the ladies who run the Llanrwst bakery “Siwgr a Sbei” who will tell you how they got the valleys baking. Cheese enthusiasts can sample Cenarth, Gorwydd, Snowdonia and Teifi cheeses from the Blas Ar Fwyd delicatessen. If the thought of foraging for food has always been in the back of your mind then the “Celtic Kitchen” and the “Madarch a Mwy” can offer some advice on how you can incorporate your own foraging finds into your cooking. You might even get some culinary inspiration for your own cooking in your holiday home! For real ale enthusiasts the Purple Moose Brewery based in Porthmadog is a ten barrel micro-brewery, nestled under the Snowdonia mountain range, where they brew a one off special ale called “Number One”.
Craft addicts can receive top tips from experts in the areas of painting, photography, slate craft practices, weaving and jewellery making. The craft fair will include an exhibition and talk from 3D artist Ann Catrin Evans who designs bespoke door knockers and door furniture out of metal materials. Floral designer Sioned and presenter of Welsh television show “Byw yn yr Add” will be holding a talk on her work as she combines flowers with other organic materials to produce outdoor creations for the garden.