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Conference June 7-10, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales
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Cardiff, Wales

Taste of Wales Tour

4 days/4 nights
June 3-6 or June 10-14

"At the heart of Wales new vibrancy as a food nation is the produce. The riches of the land are not new but the relish to refine them, treasuer them and bring them blinking into the sunlight is more recent." - SIMON WRIGHT


Day One

(Pre- Tour) Arrive into Manchester Airport where you will be met by your guide.
(Post- Tour) You will be collected from your Cardiff Hotel by your guide.

Lunch at a Welsh Castle:
Wales has 641 castles, that's more per square mile than any other country in Europe. We couldn't let you visit Wales without a visit to one of our castles, so on arrival you will get dine like a Welsh Prince at a beautiful Welsh Castle.

Overnight at Michelin Star Restaurant with Rooms:
Wales is fast becoming a foodie heaven and the fact that there are now five restaurants in Wales that have been awarded a Michelin star is proof of our culinary excellence. The five restaurants are the Walnut Tree, near Abergavenny; Ynys Hir Hall, a luxurious country house hotel once owned by Queen Victoria; Tyddyn Llan in rural North Wales; The Crown at Whitebrook in Monmouthshire; and the newest addition to the group - The Checkers, Montgomery, which received its Michelin star only a few months after opening.

Day Two

Visit Bodnant Welsh Food Centre:
The Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is an exciting new food centre due to open in Spring 2012. It will be located at Furnace Farm on the Bodnant Estate, in the Conwy Valley. The farm is a wonderful range of stone farm buildings dating from the 18th century. The buildings are now set to come back to life as a home to the best in local and Welsh food. There will be a farm shop selling Welsh produce with its own on site butchery and bakery, a tea room and restaurant, a cookery school and it will also be home for the new National Beekeeping Centre for Wales.

Meet the producers:
Cheese makers in Wales have a reputation for producing a wide range of award winning cheeses. One example is Caws Cenarth, acknowledged for having led the revival of Farmhouse Caerphilly making in Wales. The family farm with its own herd of cows is fully organic, and no artificial fertilisers, insecticides or pesticides are used. Another is Trethowan's Dairy Limited, the makers of Gorwydd Caerphilly award winning cheeses. Gorwydd is made to a traditional recipe with unpasteurised milk and left to mature on the farm for two months. And if that's not enough of a claim to fame the owner, Maugan Trethowan's, great grandfather was the first All Blacks Rugby team captain!

Day Three

Foraging for a Welsh Feast:
Wales has the perfect climate for the most delicious mushrooms known to man. The woods and fields are awash with mushrooms that command astronomical price in restaurants across Europe. Cepes, Girolles, pied de mouton, parasols and giant puffballs are just some of the prized fungi that are locally abundant. In the morning, on a gentle amble through spectacular scenery, author and mushroom expert Daniel Butler will show you a range of the abundant edible fungi that thrive in this pristine mountain area. Then is back to a luxurious 17th century barn conversion for a mushroom based meal. Visit

Penderyn is the only distillery in Wales and one of the smallest distilleries in the world. Here the Welsh Whisky Company produces Penderyn Single Malt Whisky and a range of high quality Welsh Spirits such as Merlyn Liqueur, Brecon Vodka and Brecon Gin. Their Brecon Special Reserve Gin was awarded Gold award in the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition - "the Oscars of the spirits world". You will discover the secrets of whisky and spirit producing with an opportunity for tasting. Each Masterclass and whisky tasting is conducted by one of their expert guides or Gillian Howell, their Distiller.

Day Four

Cookery School:
Today, you will have a fabulous day of culinary fun whilst trying your hand at some traditional Welsh recipes. Wales has a small collection of first class cookery schools. They include Welsh celebrity chef Angela Gray who has launched her cookery school at Llanerch, the working Welsh Vineyard in the heart of the Glamorganshire countryside, and Michelin-star chef Franco Taruschio and food writer Lindy Wildsmith, who run The Chef's Room, Fish & Cookery School at Blaenafon.

Day Five - Departure


Accommodation and meals will be included. Participants should advise if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Itinerary is subject to change.

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Tour Bookings - Deadline is April 1, 2012

For all pre/post tour bookings and enquiries please liaise with Bob Titley at The Robert Titley Consultancy (the Visit Wales PR Agency in North America) - Email or Telephone 917 690 8418.
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