Last year, I blogged about a new online marketplacefor Welsh food and drink called Discover Delicious – a one-stop shop for local, artisan and alternative food and drink from Wales. But aside from taking the hard work out of finding new products from well-known and up-and-coming artisan producers alike, the site also offers an opportunity to be a conscious consumer: bringing ethical values back into food shopping through a fairer pricing structure, supporting small, prioritising provenance and connecting people with the places and processes behind the food they eat.

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It’s a sad fact that beneath the sparkle and glitter, Christmas can be an exceptionally wasteful time of year. From the hundreds of miles of wrapping paper discarded after Christmas morning, to the thousands of throwaway stocking fillers wrapped in single-use plastic, the waste created during the season of goodwill is enough to make anyone wince.

But there is an easy way for food & drink lovers to skip the eco-guilt that comes with splurging on unnecessary gifts whilst also helping support their local food and drink producers and indie restauranteurs.

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Last night, at a star-studded ceremony in East London, Deri Reed was crowned ‘Chef of the Year’ at the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s 2019 Food Made Good awards. Since 2012, the awards have been the shop window for pioneering sustainability progress in the hospitality industry, and a celebration of successful initiatives and innovative ideas.

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The 21st edition of Abergavenny Food Festival takes place across the Monmouthshire market town this weekend (21st & 22nd September), promising a packed schedule of feasts, forages, tasting workshops, chef demos, markets – and loads more. 

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