Winter fair showcasing Welsh food
Pennant Valley Game was one of the new Welsh food businesses promoting their products at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair in Builth Wells in November. Pheasant is one of Pennant Valley Game’s most popular game meats, much of which is supplied by Izzy’s husband Daniel, head keeper at the Llechweddygarth pheasant shoot in Pennant Mellangell, near Oswestry.
As well as traditional oven-ready birds, Izzy also produces stuffed pheasant breasts and pheasant sausages. Believed to be the only processor of game meat in Wales, traceability of supply is an important factor for the business. Other varieties of game are available too, with the proviso that Pennant Valley Game has played a role in its hunting.
Also on offer at the show, and worth looking out for to go with your cold game meats, are a range of pickles and chutneys from Mewn Picil from North Wales. Run by Bethan Batty from Llansannan, Mewn Picil’s preserves are made by hand in small batches using local seasonal produce. Production generally starts in September and runs through to December.
For honey lovers, Mêl Cilgwenyn, which won a Great Taste Award last year, produces Carmarthenshire wildflower honey, which is filtered three times and bottled on site in Llangennech. Mêl Cilgwenyn is run by beekeepers Richard Jones and Rhodri Owen who also run the Bee Free project, a charity that uses the skills of beekeeping to help ex-servicemen and women manage the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.