7
Dec

Businesses and event organisers forced to move a celebration of local food and drink online due to the Coronavirus pandemic thanked customers and communities for their support.

Taste North East Wales was held virtually this year and featured a series of interactive tours, tasting sessions and a successful bilingual social media and video campaign showcasing the best of local produce.  Viewers from across the UK – including Bristol, Hertfordshire and Pembrokeshire – joined in the celebrations, from the popular cheese and chutney and gin-tasting evenings, to cookery

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23
Nov

A popular Spanish sauce company has been bringing sunshine to the lives – and plates – of customers throughout the year.

Despite the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, Beatriz Albo and the team at Wrexham-based Sabor de Amor worked hard to support local producers and communities by supplying a steady stream of their award-winning sauces and salsas. Winner of the BBC’s Top of the Shops programme two years ago, Beatriz launched the business in 2015 using family recipes to

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18
Nov

The way in which people shop for food and drink has changed forever following the events of 2020

And Wayne Siddall, owner of Dee Valley Produce in Llangollen, hopes more customers will stay loyal to the local businesses that stepped up to support their communities during the Coronavirus pandemic. Supported by Taste North East Wales – taking place online this autumn due to Covid-19 – consumers are being encouraged to keep buying from artisan and independent producers across

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16
Nov

Hospitality firms and accommodation providers have made significant changes to their premises in a bid to claw back business lost during the Coronavirus lockdowns.

The region’s hotels, B&Bs, cafés, pubs and restaurants have endured a torrid time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many reopened with strict social distancing and safety measures in place, while others have diversified to ensure they survive and thrive into 2021. Among them is the Three Eagles bar and grill in Llangollen, which is planning to celebrate Christmas

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11
Nov

Customers scrambled to buy eggs and local produce when Coronavirus took hold in the UK.

Demand surged due to panic buying and a rise in the number of people home baking, which is when David Sharples saw a major increase in customers wanting goods from Clyttir Farm, near Ruthin. The farm has 24,000 free range hens laying more than 150,000 eggs a week and also supplies a range of jams, honey and rapeseed oil.  He

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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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