1 March is St David’s Day, our national patron saint’s day. Celebrations usually involve parades, concerts and other festivities, with participants often wearing leeks and daffodils, the traditional symbols of Wales. Children dress up in traditional, national costume, and eisteddfodau (festivals celebrating Welsh culture and language) take place in every corner of the country, as well as internationally.
This year is obviously going to be a little different. So while you're celebrating from home, there are plenty of ways to bring a little Welshness in.
Below is a list of some of the best St David’s Day treats from Welsh suppliers that can be delivered straight to your door.
A taste of Wales delivered to your door
Nothing says Wales like a Welsh cake or bara brith. There are many companies across Wales who can send delicious treats to you or a loved one, boxed and ready to eat.
MamGu Welsh cakes
Established by Thea and Becky, MamGu Welsh cakes produce 14 flavours of the sweet (and savoury) treats made using locally sources produce – all of which can be purchased online and delivered to your door in recyclable packaging. Each Welsh cake is made by hand, cooked on a griddle and individually decorated. Vegan and gluten free options are available too.
Calon Lân Cakes
Based in Cardiff, Calon Lân bakes Welsh cakes and bara brith using the finest ingredients and traditional baking methods to bring the best, homemade produce to its customers. A range of gifts can be purchased online, including a Welsh cake gift box and Make your own Welsh cakes and bara brith kits.
Hathren Brownies and Bakes
Baked at home in a West Wales farmhouse, and baked fresh, to order and by hand, Meinir Evans, the part-time teacher and mother of three behind the business, always uses carefully sourced ingredients. The recipes Meinir uses have been passed down through generations, and the Hathren Welsh cakes box of 24 looks irresistible!
One of Wales’s best-known Welsh cakes company, Fabulous’ Cardiff shops are closed currently, however their popular produce can still be purchased online and delivered to your door. Using a traditional recipe and the best ingredients, including Welsh butter and free range Welsh eggs, the cakes are griddled in small batches to ensure a freshly baked taste.
Piece of (Welsh) cake
If you’re a budding baker, you can make your own tasty sweet treats by using one of our perennially popular Welsh cakes and bara brith recipes. Why not organise your own virtual bake-off on 1 March with friends?
Alternatively, if you’re more of a beginner in the kitchen and not great with tricky weighing scales, or your heart shaped cutters seem to be missing, then buy a Welsh cake baking kit delivered to your door. The kit contains all of the dry ingredients (ready measured) you need to make delicious Welsh cakes.
An interactive experience
Curtailed from their normally wonderful tasting tours of Cardiff’s thriving food scene, Loving Welsh Food have put together a live ‘Music Poems and Pints’ evening especially for St David's Day. The team promise a relaxed, unique and light hearted evening of live Welsh entertainment in your own home.
There are also few other forthcoming events if you miss this one, including a ‘Welsh Cook-Along’ evening.
Alternative gifts to celebrate
If you wanted to send your loved one, or treat yourself to a less traditional Welsh gift, we’ve got you covered! We’ve suggested alternatives for those with less of a sweet tooth, or with limited kitchen skills.
Talgarth Mill Bread Kits have everything you need to make a tasty loaf of bread. By placing an order with them you’re supporting this community run, water powered flour mill in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The packs range from Soda Bread to traditional Black Mountains bread, and include expert instructions. Many of the recipes have received ‘Great Taste’ awards so you can bake your own award-winning bread from home! A wonderful way to have a go at bread making or to give as a gift.
The Lavender Farm
Makers of skin creams and balms high in the hills of Mid Wales near Builth Wells. Farmers Lavender was created by Nancy Durham, a journalist turned lavender farmer and occasional radio presenter in 2002. From their small onsite shop, they can send all sorts of wonderful lavender based gifts made from the distilled lavender oil from the surrounding fields.
Memories of Wales
Katherine Jones is an artist based in Cardiff. Her work comprises of beautiful memory boxes – curated collections of found and treasured objects. Katherine’s work 'Mamgu’s Boxes' (a Welsh word for Grandma) was recently featured on BBC Radio 4. In addition, she produces intricately detailed pen and ink drawings of Welsh landscapes, cityscapes, individual buildings and animals. Recently, she has completed commissions for the National Trust, National Museum of Wales and Cardiff University.
Siop y Pethe
You can’t go wrong with a book or beautiful journal! A shop filled with Welsh products located in the centre of Aberystwyth. Siop y Pethe sells all sorts of goods, from books to beauty items, to locally made craft. A great independent shop which also has an online presence, and sends orders to customers in all corners of Wales and beyond.
Lodestars Anthology magazine
What better way to celebrate St Davids Day but a brand new magazine all about Wales. Wales stars in the latest edition of the biannual travel and photography journal: Lodestars Anthology. In the words of editor Liz Shaffer:
'This is our ode to Wales – a celebration of its soaring peaks and dazzling waters, its wilderness, song and lore. Venture here to walk in the footsteps of saints and ancient kings, and to explore landscapes – diverse, dramatic and sublime – destined to fill you with awe. You’ll cross paths with artists, poets and lavender farmers, feast on Welsh cakes and bara brith, drink in the history, swim in the sea, hike hills, forage, revel and bask in the beauty. All the while knowing that here, there may well be dragons.'