26
Oct

Kind-hearted volunteers and local producers helped a picturesque village through the first Coronavirus lockdown.

As the cold weather and dark nights descend – and tighter safety restrictions return – the team at Cilcain Community Shop hope residents continue to support the venture. Treasurer Sarah Parr explained how everyone from school pupils to retirees came together to serve customers, prepare deliveries, and take orders from elderly and vulnerable householders when the pandemic took hold in

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10
Oct

A series of virtual events and tasting sessions will take place over the coming weeks to celebrate local food and drink producers.

Taste North East Wales is to be held online this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with a second lockdown reinforcing the decision to conduct workshops, sampling and tours via Zoom, the video conferencing platform. For some events participants will receive products in advance so they can experience the delights of the region’s many award-winning local businesses, and then connect

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2
Oct

The loyalty of long-standing customers has helped many local businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Among them is Afonwen Craft Centre and its popular Edenshine Restaurant, based near Caerwys, Flintshire. Owners Janet Monshin Dallolio and Adrian Dallolio were forced to shut down the attraction in March for the first time in more than 28 years of business. It was a challenging time, but the couple – both accomplished chefs/bakers – expanded their takeout service and

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2
Oct

Coronavirus lockdowns, a Spring heatwave and a warm Autumn have led many people to take up new sports and adrenaline-fuelled activities.

And that in turn has sparked support for local venues and destinations combining food and drink with the delights of the great outdoors. Taste North East Wales is being held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but social distancing has not been an issue for those businesses who benefit from the beauty of their surroundings. Among them is

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25
Sep

Pouring her efforts into home deliveries was just the tonic for the owner of an independent real fruit spirits company during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Katharine Wilding, founder and director of Angel Feathers on Moel Famau, Denbighshire, was forced to rethink her business strategy when COVID-19 took hold of the country in March. To that point she had supplied local pubs, restaurants, and shops, but when they closed sales dropped almost overnight. Katharine immediately applied for an online licence – though due to the pandemic

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23
Sep

Taste Video 4- Pubs and Restaurants Adapted in Creative Ways During Lockdown

When lockdown forced all pubs and restaurants to close, many found ingenious ways to continue to support the local community. This video tells the story of how pub and restaurant owners across North East Wales came up with creative ways to support the local community.

23
Sep

Taste Video 3- Food and Drink Producers Adapt Business Models Overnight

Featuring Wrexham based food and drink producers Aballu Truffles and Magic Dragon Brewing, this video shows how they adapted their business models to meet demand for the local community while juggling their own supply challenges.

23
Sep

Taste Video 2- Local Businesses Worked Together To Supply Home Deliveries

Overnight, households across North East Wales suddenly needed home deliveries. This video shows how local businesses worked together to supply home deliveries across the region.

23
Sep

Taste Video 1: Local Farm Shops Meet Demand During Lockdown

Local farm shops across North East Wales saw a dramatic increase in business during lockdown. This video shows how people chose to shop locally due to safety or lack of supermarket slots.

9
Sep

“I was due to retire this year but couldn’t bring myself to do it. I don’t want to let the vulnerable in my community down.”

Mick White added 40 new customers to his milk round during the Coronavirus lockdown, and every single one of them has stuck by him. He and wife Vicky stepped in to help when supermarkets began running out of essential supplies at the beginning of the pandemic, and the rural communities of Denbighshire and Flintshire won’t forget it. Mick had planned

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