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A NEW Welsh food business has been launched that will offer exclusive insight into Welsh food and drink producers.
Food Adventure will provide food tours containing behind-the-scenes visits to vineyards, farms, restaurants and hotels across many popular south Wales foodie destinations, with the chance to meet independent and local producers and sample their produce.
The idea behind the Aberdare-based business came from husband and wife team Carol and Mark Adams: the couple behind the successful Corpulent Capers food blog, who have been blogging about the food culture in Wales for over 7 years.
Self-proclaimed ‘foodies’, they are often to be found exploring farmers’ markets or visiting local pubs across the country, but are particularly passionate about supporting Welsh food producers and quality seasonal products.
Living on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, the pair recognise that Wales has some of the finest produce on the planet, and in recent years have become more and more interested in finding out more about what we eat.
With this venture, the couple are hoping to help others understand where exceptional produce comes from and share what they’ve learnt over the years of running their popular food blog.
Food Adventure will offer either a full or half-day tour, including lunch at a top foodie destination in south Wales.
Each tour will not only provide an opportunity to learn about local production processes, but will allow ‘food tourists’ to meet independent food and drink producers and find out more about their companies.
They will also be able to enjoy foraging in the Welsh rural countryside and take part in food demonstrations from top chefs and cookery tutors.
The first three tour dates have been announced, with the scheme launching with its ‘Wines of Monmouthshire Tour’ on 26 May, coinciding with Welsh Wine Week. It will feature insight into the production process of wine in Wales while offering tutored wine tasting at two award-winning vineyards, Ancre Hill Estates and White Castle Vineyard.
The tour will also include a special five-course lunch at the Llansantffraed Court Hotel, a two AA rosette restaurant near Abergavenny. The restaurant is known for its commitment to local and seasonal produce, with around 80 percent of its menu being sourced from within a 15-mile radius – including its onsite walled kitchen garden.
On 28 June, ‘Re-Veal: Putting Ethical Rose Veal Back on the Plate’ will be taking place at Marcross Farm in the Vale of Glamorgan. The tour will focus on how a sibling team rear rose veal ethically, and feature a three-course veal lunch at The Gallery Restaurant, Barry, complete with a cooking demonstration.
Finally, the award-winning Black Mountains Smokery team will be delivering a masterclass on 9 July near Crickhowell, named ‘Simple and Elegant Meals with Black Mountain Smokery’, which will be hosted at the owners’ 16th century Welsh Long House, followed by a tour of the Smokery.
Further dates will be announced shortly. Carol Adams, Director of Food Adventure, said:
“I’m extremely excited to launch Food Adventure as a new and unusual addition to the amazing foodie scene already thriving here in Wales.
“We’ve used all of our foodie knowledge, contacts and passion to put together some truly wonderful exclusive experiences. Our tours will give people the chance to take a glimpse behind the scenes of a wide range of independent food and drink producers.”
Mike Morgan, Owner of Llansantffraed Court, said:
“We are honoured to be part of the first Food Adventure tour, and to help launch what will undoubtedly be a great venture.
“I’m very passionate about local suppliers, and it’s a great idea to give the public a chance to find out more about the inspirational food producers responsible for Wales having such a vibrant foodie scene.”
With prices starting from £65, to book a place on a tour or find out more information, please visit www.foodadventure.co.uk or call 07542 689608.
For further information please contact Carol Adams on 07977 110103, or email firstname.lastname@example.org