Think warm sunny mornings on the Cote d’Azur. A short stroll from your delightful French cottage to the local town for their weekly foodie market. All the “Baguette et fromage” that you can carry home in your basket.
OK now take the temperature down a few degrees – just a few – and you’ve arrived at the brand new monthly Llandudno Producer’s Market. And the forecast is glorious.
A Foodie Must-Visit
The lovely folk at Dylan’s Restaurant are hosting this “Producer’s Market” in the front garden outside their Llandudno restaurant. So mark it in your diary. The first Saturday of every month until Christmas. 10-4pm.
From Dressed Crab to Pork Sausages
We enjoyed meeting a number of local foodie suppliers
You can fill your basket with freshly baked artisan breads still warm from the Dylan’s Restaurant kitchen – including their fabulous sourdough – as well as their sauces and chutneys. They’ve recently been awarded the SALSA certification – Safe and Local Supplier Approved.
The North Wales coast is brimming with amazing fish and Mon Shellfish brought their dressed crab and their simply delicious smoked mackerel pate.
M Hughes & Son Llandudno were there with their veg box subscription scheme. Excellent idea for getting real fresh, sometimes wonky veg delivered to your doorstep. Choices include a Mixed Fruit and Salad Box, the Family Box, Mixed Fruit and Veg box, and Mexican Mania Special Box.
Hewitts Cafe, just along the road in Colwyn Bay, brought the sweetest of treats. Tempting dinner plate sized cookies, pretty strawberry cheesecakes and some very squidy chocolate brownies.
For the meat lovers, there was Cigoedd Dolmeinir Meats with their award winning free range pork, lamb and beef cuts, sausages and bacon.
From Pink Gin to Crafty Cider
Llanfairpwll Distillery. The good news is you don’t need to be able to say or even spell Wales’ longest place name – llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – in order to try their super summery Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn Gin. Who doesn’t love a pink gin?
Merywen Gin is handcrafted, micro distilled and very welsh. Apparently Merywen means Juniper – one of the most important ingredients in gin-making. All their ingredients are locally foraged including gorse, heather and hawthorn. They sell the most super cute gift sized bottles to give away, or the usual larger sizes for keeping. Although it might not keep very long. Oh, and each bottle has a handwritten music score printed on the label, especially written for your “gin moments”.
Jaspels Anglesey Craft Cider. I’ve never like Cider, or so I thought – until I was handed a sip of their Heritage Dry Cider. Simply delicious. Not overly sweet. Just very appley. They’ve won lots of awards for their naturally fermented, unfiltered cider made from freshly pressed local apples. If you’re really keen you can buy a 4 pint flagon for £15. And if you have an apple tree at the bottom of your garden, you can become an “apple donor”. How fun.
Fleeces and umbrellas were needed for our visit a few weeks back but the forecast for Saturday 3 August is glorious. There’ll be lots of other local suppliers so get the August Producer’s Market in your planner. You’d be mad to miss it.
I’m Judith. I’ve been blogging here since 2014. I’m a writer, keen photographer, cake decorator, lover of travel, drinker of coffee and reader of books. . This is my Lifestyle blog – a fresh authentic space for thoughtful women – where I write about my life in North Wales – the things I love to use, the issues that matter, and the places I love to visit. I’d love you to join my community.