A new trail of sustainable food producers, gardeners, farmers and bee-keepers is giving people the chance to get closer to their local food networks in Wales’ Vale of Glamorgan.
The first ever Vale Food Trail will kick off this weekend, running from 9-18 June, with over 30 local farmers, hospitality businesses and other producers taking part.
Designed to showcase agroecological and nature-friendly farming, people can go on a market garden tour with Ali’s Edibles in Llantwit Major to see no-dig gardening in action; make kombucha and sauerkraut at Karry’s Deli in Barry; or see goat milking and soap making in action at Garlic Meadow Goats in Cowbridge.
A variety of free tastings, including at Foxy’s Deli in Penarth and a food tasting tour in Barry, aim to connect people with food and drink made by independent businesses in the region.
And as a perfect summer trip out for families, people can visit nature-friendly farmers at Llanblethian Orchards, Cowbridge, to hear how a no-pesticide approach has allowed wildlife to thrive, or Slade Farm in Western Vale, which is hosting a ‘sunset safari’ to see the abundance of wildlife on an organic farm.
The region’s more exotic producers will also be on show with a tea plantation and tasting tour at Peterston Tea, and the St Hilary and Glyndwr vineyards in Cowbridge.
“It’s exciting to see the plans for the Vale Food Trail come together, and to imagine how this trail might help foster a better appreciation of our local farmers and food businesses – as well as potentially creating fertile ground for sustainable businesses to grow in the Vale,” said festival coordinator at Food Vale, Louise Denham.
The trail is being organised by one of Wales’ pioneering food partnerships, which bring together national funding and local projects across the country that are increasing people’s connection to sustainable food and supporting farmers and producers investing in nature-friendly farming.
Further details about specific events and tickets can be found at www.valefoodtrail.com.
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