A NOD to the past could offer answers when it comes to food sustainability and the future of our rural communities in Wales.
That will be the theme when three food experts meet at Narberth Food Festival this month for a panel discussion on Reimagining the food heritage of Wales.
Carmarthenshire based author Carwyn Graves will be leading the debate with chef Jacqueline Anne Morgan and distillery founder James Harrison-Allen.
Carwyn said: “Wales has a rich and varied food heritage, encompassing everything from leeks to dairy, laver to defaid [sheep]. But we have slowly lost touch with many of our recipes and dishes - and perhaps not made the most of them.
“In the light of the need for more sustainable diets and a flourishing future for rural communities, we will be asking how can our half-forgotten food heritage play a part?”
Carwyn is the author of Welsh Food Stories and the bestselling Apples of Wales and was instrumental in establishing the national collection of Welsh varieties at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
Passionate about culture and food, he lives in Carmarthen with his family and a growing veg garden and is currently writing a new book on the Welsh landscape, past and future.
Still Wild is an award winning Pembrokeshire Distillery which specialises in using locally foraged, wild botanicals. They were the first Welsh producer of Vermouth before expanding into Seaweed Gin and other products.
In addition to the panel, James will give a talk about vermouth and covering plants, drinks and cocktail demonstrations.
Chef and food advocate Jacqueline, of Karm’en Kafe in Carmarthen, was raised in a small fishing village and her work is inspired by the natural Welsh landscape and its heritage.
In addition to the panel, she will be demonstrating how to make pastry from oats and laverbread for a savoury tart, and using heritage Welsh produce such as Towy Coracle caught Sewin, cockles and marsh samphire.
Narberth Food Festival runs on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th, at the Town Moor, Narberth.
Entry costs £5 each day (under 16s free). Gates open 10am.
The event includes chef demonstrations, talks, tastings, live music, bar, street food, 50+ food stalls and more.
Dogs are welcome in the outside public areas, but not the food marquees.
Two park and ride schemes will be in operation due to limited parking at the Town Moor.