Start St. David’s Day right!


 food and drink wales


Celebrations start in the Capital

To kick off St David’s Day week there’s a range of exciting events, bursting with Welsh produce.


A host of golden daffodils, the national symbol of Wales, will greet visitors to Cardiff Farmers Riverside Market this Sunday 28 February. The renowned market will be packed with stalls, and there will be a special tasting of the market produce. Expect hot Welsh cakes, farm reared meats, artisan vegetarian dishes, cheeses, a host of other produce and local drinks, with entertainment and the usual buzz visitors have come to expect. It is part of the promotions organised by Levercliff Associates on behalf of the Welsh Government at many venues throughout Wales and London to celebrate St David’s Day.


The market on the side of the River Taff, opposite the Principality Stadium, has become a popular Sunday destination for many people. As many as forty market traders will display produce that has been grown, reared, or produced in the area. The market has been acclaimed as an outstanding community project in Wales and now also operates at sites in Rhiwbina and Roath on Fridays and Saturdays. It engages many small producers helping them to become established in the market and has encouraged many to develop successful businesses.


The Riverside Farmers Market operates from 10am until 2pm. The tasting will take part throughout the market giving visitors a chance to sample the produce before and while they browse the stalls. Look out for the host of daffodils where hot Welsh cakes and local drinks, plus many others of the local and artisan foods can be tasted and purchased.  It will celebrate the true Taste of Wales that is embodied in the market itself for St David’s Day.


Enterprise Development Manger for Cardiff Riverside Farmers Market, Gareth Simpson said,

“We are a proud nation and what better occasion than this,  to come together and show our pride and support for Welsh producers and the luxuriously tempting goods that they offer us. It’s a fun event, great for families to come and try something different, unique and delicious, from beer and gin for the grownups to healthy snacks and treats for the kids. I think it’s very appropriate that Cardiff as the heart of Wales should put on something special to mark St David’s Day and this year we have nearly 40 farmers, growers and producers here with us to celebrate the very essence of Wales”


The Welsh Governments, Taste of Wales, ambassador this year is acclaimed chef, Bryn Williams. Born in North Wales, Bryn is Chef Patron of Odette’s in Primrose Hill, London, with nearly 20 years’ experience in the fine dining industry.

Speaking about Welsh food and drink, Bryn said,

“We have some of the best produce in the world and it is great to see so much of it available in the city’s stores. Growing up in Wales I learnt to appreciate food and its origins from an early age. I would go shooting and fishing with my father and uncle and worked in his local bakery learning the trade. From this point onwards I knew that cooking was integral to my future. I use top quality fresh produce in my cooking and of course anything from Wales which can travel is a winner in my book.”

On St David’s Day, this year as you celebrate the patron saint of Wales and the country’s proud heritage, don’t forget to visit Cardiff Riverside Market and indulge in the finest Welsh produce on the market.