A couple of years ago, I blogged about a new online marketplace for Welsh food and drink called DiscoverDelicious.Wales. Launched in April 2018, it’s home to over 70 producers collectively offering more than 1,300 deliciously different food and drink products from all over the country.
The site was created to take the hard work out of finding new products from well-known and up-and-coming artisan producers across Wales. It’s a one-stop shop for local, artisan and alternative food and drink – and during the pandemic, it has really come into its own; a surge in people looking to support small and prioritise provenance has seen their orders jump by 400% compared to last year.
This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with DiscoverDelicious.Wales.
Six Stocking Filler Ideas from Small Welsh Businesses
Her are some of the stocking fillers and gifts I’ve chosen from the site this year…
- Halen Mon’s Salted Caramel Spread: I am hooked on this stuff. It’s amazing spread thickly onto warm crumpets so that it melts into the little holes, but equally good stirred into a hot chocolate for a sweet and salty, decadent treat. That’s what I’ll be drinking on Christmas eve – whilst I finish off peeling the Christmas dinner veg.
- Coaltown Coffee’s Deep Winter cofffe: From the town of Ammanford in South Wales, a former coal mining community, Coaltown are creating a new ‘Black Gold’ at their craft coffee roastery. They focus on sustainable and transparent trade with small farms from across the coffee growing regions of the world, and aim to uphold quality at every stage of our production. The Deep Winter blend has festive notes of orange, pear, cinnamon spice & brown sugar.
- Coco Pzazz Mochaccino Milk Chocolate buttons: These artisan giant milk chocolate buttons are flavoured with crunchy Guatemalan coffee pieces. Each pack includes 8 giant milk chocolate buttons.
- Condessa’s Black Cherry Liqeuer: Packed full of the flavour of ripe black cherries, with just a hint of almond, this family-made Black Cherry liqueur is made in the Isle of Anglesey. It’s great for cocktails, but I like pouring it over vanilla ice cream.
- Handcrafted Tipple’s Mulled Spice Kits: I usually make mulled wine using spices and fresh fruit I already have in the house, but you can’t argue with the convenience of having everything measured out for you. This would make a lovely present for someone to open on xmas eve, and enjoy filling the house with the. most festive of scents.
- Hallets Real Cider: My absolute favourite cider, Hallets Real Cider is made from aged Dabinett cider and then blended with the current year’s new cider to make a lovely refreshing drink which is great chilled, but even better mulled, or used in this Apple Brandy Hot Toddy.
Why buy Welsh?
There’s a very good a reason why lots of us have been looking for locally-made, Welsh food and drink when shopping for Christmas this year; be that the trimmings for the table, or gifts for under the tree.
Buying Welsh supports Welsh families
What’s that saying? Every time you buy from an independent business, an actual person does a happy dance. Yes, it sounds cheesy – but it’s true. Small Welsh food and drink businesses are owned by local entrepreneurs, and after the hardships of the last nine months and with Brexit looming, simply choosing to spend money with them this Christmas could make a big difference to whether make it through 2021 and beyond.
It provides a boost the Welsh economy
Research suggests that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, 63p will stay in the local economy; this figure drops to 40p when compared to every £1 spent with a larger business. Thriving local businesses – like those showcased on the Discover Delicious website – provide local employment opportunities (more important now than ever) and creating a ripple effect that has a positive impact on the whole community.
Buying Welsh is more sustainable
Buying food and drink that has been flown halfway around the world carries with it a heavy carbon footprint. In contrast, when you buy from local producers – from butchers and bakers, to chocolatiers and cheesemakers – it’s far more likely that many of their ingredients have had a shorter field-to-fork journey.