Food businesses from Corwen, Llanefydd and Bala swapped the snow and ice of North Wales for the sun of Dubai as they attended the largest food event in the world.

Eat My Flowers, Llaeth-y-Llan and The cake Crew represented Wales and Great Britain at the Gulfood event in Dubai, the largest of its kind, in the aim to spread their brand names into the Middle East.

The trio of stores, who were supported by the Welsh Government, were a part of the 'Food is GREAT' stall at the event promoting British food overseas.

Eat My Flowers owner Sarah Hughes said it was an amazing experience, mixing it with some top quality businesses.

She said: "The highlight of the trip was the quality of people coming to our stalls. We had people from places like Jumeirah Group, which is a six/seven star hotel group and others at that kind of level.

"We had enquiries from airline companies, people living in Dubai, shops and restaurants owners. I was really impressed with the enquiries we had."

The food products on show from the three stores from the area ranged from Crystallised flowers to dairy products and welsh PGI lamb.

East My Flowers were promoting crystallised flowers to a high-end afternoon tea market, Llaeth y Llan were showcasing a new Honey flavoured yogurt which they launched at the show and The Cake Crew had their luxury range of hand finished cupcakes on display which they felt was a product that would be ideal for the Middle Eastern market.

Mrs Hughes, who has owned Eat My Flowers since 2011, said visitors to the stand commented on the range of produce available and the high quality of the product being displayed.

She said it was an amazing experience and the trip had allowed her business to take its first step into the market in the Middle East.

Mrs Hughes, who already does some exporting to Ireland, added: "At the moment I'm looking at the distribution and how I get the product there. I have the interest but it's getting it out there and who to work with once it is over there.

"But I am lucky there is interest over there."