Meet the celebrated chef with an MSc in Food Policy cooking in Canton this Christmas

An acclaimed Cardiff-born chef who has worked in some of London’s most celebrated kitchens has announced a month-long series of pop-ups at a coffee shop in Canton this December.

Alex Vines’ pared-back style of cooking has been influenced by his experiences in London, and also, by his MSc in Food Policy. As a result, he focuses on truly seasonal and sustainable ingredients and is passionate about working directly with local farmers, designing menus around the produce which comes fresh from the fields each week. 

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Five Places to Pick Your Own Pumpkins near Cardiff

Nothing beats spending a day outdoors, picking out the perfect gourd from the pumpkin patch – and it’s a great way to support local farmers and family-run businesses. There are hundreds of pick your own fruit (PYO) farms across the country, but these pumpkin patches are all based within a few miles of Cardiff.

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Forest Feastival returns to Merthyr Mawr this September

The ‘Forest Feastival’ will return to its unique location – in a woodland, by a castle, near the sea – at Merthyr Mawr for four weekends, starting on Friday 2nd September. The trader line up includes a couple of my favourite sustainable traders, plus a chance for diners to eat dishes from chefs who are brand new to street food, and some who are making a welcome return after opening bricks and mortar restaurants.

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A new ‘Sunday Brunch Social’ is coming to Canton’s popular Fresh & Wild farmer’s market. Starting from Sunday 18th July, the new ‘Sunday Brunch Social’ will see extra seating areas, hot food traders and ‘brunch specials’ added to the thriving market, to encourage visitors to linger and catch up with friends over a drink and a bite to eat.

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