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FLINT & DENBIGH: Writer Rachel Nash takes a look at the local produce at the show

Published date: 21 August 2014 |
Published by: Rachel Nash
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Rachel Nash 

THIS year, the Denbigh and Flint Show's Food Hall was bustling again, with a huge assortment of local produce available for the public to sample and buy.

There were over 40 stands showcasing the very best that Denbighshire's has to offer, with something to tempt everyone's taste buds. From fabulous breads and pastries, to olives, sausages, cheese and ice cream - there was glorious food aplenty; not to mention a great variety of drinks, including ales, cider and even vodka.

The food companies exhibiting in the hall were from Denbighshire and further afield, and included Snowdonia Cheese, Orchard Pigs (pies and pastries), Mon ar Lwy (ice cream), Cig Howatson Meats, M.R Olives, Great British Cheese, and Roberts Country Fayre who are suppliers of finest quality pies.

Llangollen Brewery, who produce Welsh crafted traditional ale using local underground water sources, enjoyed a busy day at the Food Hall. Owner Steven Evans, said: "It's our county show so of course we want to come here, we come every year. We see it as a major shop window for our products, and it's always nice to be here."

Award winning traditional family butchers, Jones of Llangollen, won the 'Best Display in the Food Hall' competition this year, despite stiff competition from fellow stall holders. "I'm really pleased," said owner Tommy Jones, who is the third generation butcher in the family run business. "It's nice to win the award. Having a display at the show is great publicity and advertising for us as it's such a busy show. We've had a lot of interest in our products too and we'll definitely be back next year."

Denbigh Brewery (Bragdy Dinbych) is a company that was established in 2012, that makes different ales and stouts. Head Brewer and company owner Alyn Ashworth, said: "We came last year and it was great. I'm making a few sales as well as putting us in the shop window today."

The company, whose motto is 'Quench Your Dragon' sell a selection of different ales including "The Mental" which is spicy, rich, and especially strong, and the most popular "Cwrw Dinbych" which is a rich, dark stout brewed to a traditional Celtic recipe using patent black malt for a very distinctive taste.

Llaeth Y Llan Village Dairy, who are based in Llannefydd, manufacture yoghurts and have exhibited in the Food Hall numerous times before. "It is always really good here, and busy," said Andrew who was working on the stall. "We come every year because it's a big, local show."

Rosie's Triple D are a Llandegla based company who are in their ninth year of cider making. Owner Steve Hughes, who started cider making as a hobby, said: "This is my local county so that's why I do the show every year. I've been in business since 2007, and making cider since 2005, and I've been a full time cider maker since 2011.

"I've been very lucky in that my cider has won significant awards every year since I started - which in turn has provided me with the confidence to develop my cider making hobby." Steve grows over 60 varieties of apple on the premises in Llandegla, and the range of Rosie's Triple D ciders include Perfect Pear, Wicked Wasp and Black Bart varieties.

 

The Food Hall has grown in size every year in recent years, and after the success of this year, there will be many people looking forward to what on offer next year.   

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