Cardiff-based company Loving Welsh Food has a new tour on the 2020 menu - the Green Food Tour. The tour includes delicious food and drink at eco-friendly venues and a walk through Cardiff’s beautiful Bute Park. Tastings include local sourdough bread and Cardiff honey, vegan cakes, bacon, lavebread, cockles & mussels from Penclawdd and Welsh wine,
The aim of the Green Food Tour is to showcase eco-friendly venues in Cardiff while also enjoying some fabulous food & drink. All venues use local food as much as possible and work with other small businesses, helping customers to enjoy healthier and kinder lives.
The first tour was run for delegates in Cardiff for the TUCO Winter Conference.
Travel is by mini bus and on foot. A walking option is also available on request but venues may vary based on duration of tour. The tour starts in the leafy suburbs of Cardiff and ends in the city centre. Wales is known for our “half and half” option of rice and chips at curry houses. The Green Food Tour has a “half and half” transport system where travel is by mini bus for the first half of the tour and walking the rest. The walk takes clients through Bute Park, one of the many beautiful green spaces in the city.
The tour includes a visit to a zero waste shop, a gastro pub, a vegan café and two eco friendly cafés. There are tastings at each venue and a chance to find out about the different stories behind the businesses. Loving Welsh Food is a member of Cardiff’s local food partnership, Food Cardiff, which brings together businesses, community/grassroots organisations and the public sector to work together to create a good food movement for everyone in the city.
The tour will be available for groups of up to 15 people. Tours can be run in English, Welsh, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Itinerary can be seen below.
Published 28 January 2020
Mike Haslin, TUCO CEO
This year's TUCO Winter Conference theme was sustainability, our delegates were the first in the UK to enjoy Loving Welsh Food's brand-new Green Food Tour. The tour provided an excellent and delicious opportunity to experience first-hand how sustainability is being delivered in Wales."
Tasting stop 1 - Iechyd Da, Whitchurch which offers an eco-friendly shopping experience. Iechyd Da’s aim is to reduce waste, eliminate single use plastic and to stock good healthy products that are ethically and sustainably sourced at competitive prices. Owner Alwen Marshall tells the group a little about the history of the store – before being offered a cup of Welsh Brew Tea or Poblado Coffee and some delicious samples - sourdough bread and local honey from Rhiwbina and Cardiff, vegan chocolate, biscuits and a selection of vinegars.
Tasting stop 2 - The Heathcock Pub, Llandaff for a mouth-watering mixture of bacon, laverbread, cockles & mussels from Penclawdd, and a tasting of Glyndwr wine from Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan. Owner Guy Ennever talks about the daily changing, seasonal menu, where everything is made from scratch, using the very best produce that the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff have to offer.
Tasting stop 3 - Wild Thing, Grangetown for a glass of mulled apple and pear juice and the most heavenly beetroot and apple cake. All cakes are vegan, refined sugar free and baked fresh every morning. Owner Lauren Saunders sits down for a chat with the group to talk about the story behind the cafe. Wild Thing Grangetown and Wild Thing Cathays are plant based cafes with social goals.
Tasting stop 4 - The rest of the tour is on foot and a walk is taken along the river Taff into the city centre, through the beautiful Bute Park to Big Moose Cafe in Queen Street. The Big Moose runs like a normal coffee shop selling epic coffee and food but profits are used to help homeless and other disadvantaged people get back into work and society. This very busy cafe in Queen Street was started by owner Meg in order to make more of a difference to people’s lives.
Pearl Costello, Food Cardiff’s Sustainable Food City Co-ordinator
Loving Welsh Food is a celebration of the vibrant food scene that Cardiff has to offer, showcasing local businesses and quality produce. The new Green Food Tour exemplifies a range of cafes, shops and restaurants producing good food for people and the planet.”