National Laverbread Day
14 April. National Laverbread Day champions the Welsh Delicacy known as Laverbread and raises awareness of this amazing nutritional product. It celebrates one of Wales’ most iconic delicacies: laverbread, the cooked version of ‘laver’ – porphyra seaweed – a diaphanous red algae found abundantly along Wales’ rocky coastline. A classic addition to a Welsh breakfast, laverbread can also be used in countless other ways – for example, as a seasoning, as an ingredient in bread or in a pasta sauce.
Jonathan William has been harvesting and cooking with laverbread for many years. He chose this date as National Laverbread Day because it is the same day the Japanese celebrate 'Mother of the Sea Day' in honour of Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker. Her research into the cultivation of porphyria seaweed led to a commercial breakthrough for the Japanese nori (laver) industry.
Dozens of Welsh businesses are supporting National Laverbread Day, with everything from special dishes to special offers, plus events and giveaways.
Have a go at cooking some of our delicious recipes that use laverbread, including our savoury Leek, laverbread and Y Fenni cheese Welsh cakes, Welsh rarebit with laverbread and ale recipe or enjoy a Swansea breakfast.
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Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza
29 April - 01 May 2023. Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza takes place each year over the early May Bank Holiday. There's a fun fair, vintage attractions and free entertainment.
Chepstow Walking Festival
Dates TBC. Explore the beautiful Lower Wye Valley during a jam-packed walking programme. Participants will be able to join one of the guided walks on offer during Chepstow Walking Festival and explore the beautiful area of the Lower Wye Valley and beyond.
Machynlleth Comedy Festival
Dates TBC. The Machynlleth Comedy Festival has quickly gained a reputation as a hidden gem, featuring as-seen-on TV comedy acts, such as Stewart Lee, Nish Kumar, Josh Widdicombe, WiFi Wars and a whole host of other things to keep you amused all weekend. The town is known for its quirky venues, which helps to make it popular with both the acts and audience alike.
Talgarth Walking Festival
28 April - 01 May 2023. Talgarth Walking Festival offers great scenery and nature, as well as the opportunity to learn about local history, geology and literature.