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The Big Welsh Bite – Sunday

02 Aug

The Big Welsh Bite is a food festival I have not attended before – so Sunday was the day!!! It’s quite a drive from west Wales and I would have felt more confident seeing some signs when I approached Pontypridd, that I was still going in the right direction – but, having said that it was well worth the effort. The guys on the gate were most helpful directing us where to park without using the multi-storey and the setting was ideal.

We had plenty of our Best Of Welsh producers there and it is as always great for me to get their positive feedback on the event. Rhondda Cynon Taf are to be congratulated on their organisation of this event, I was told there were intermittent problems with electricity over the weekend, but I hope RCT can ensure that doesn’t happen again next year. If you need electricity to run fridges, ice-cream units, or coffee machines and the like then it puts those traders in an impossible situation. However RCT staff kept visiting the stands, talking to the traders, making sure everything was ok, no need for bin bags etc. I’m delighted to hear tales like that because it makes such a difference when you are running a tradestand, organisers continuing to make an effort even after they have banked your cheque! So well done RCT. I couldn’t find anyone from the Miller Research team doing their survey on Sunday, but I’m not sure if they are supposed to attend all the festival dates or just one.

One annoyance was the number of give-aways, flags, hessian bags, mouse mats, pen holders, key rings and endless pens. I’d love to know how much all these give-aways cost and what Councils think they achieve. It was a similar scenario at the Royal Welsh Show. Surely we can spend money more wisely………………………………….

 
 

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  1. Nick Miller

    August 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Sorry to miss you – we were there all day Saturday.

     
  2. Jo & Tony Knight

    August 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Unfortunately we missed the event this year but last year were delighted to attend as it was such a professionally-run event: to the extent that they even provided indiviual handwash facilities for each trader, something we’ve not seen before. There were plenty of motivated, enthusiastic & well-organised staff there to assist; & everything was thoughtfully laid out, with plenty of space in-stand as well as along ailses to ensure comfortable public browsing with no jostling or annoying queues blocking fellow traders’ stalls.

    Two large tables – plus chairs – were also provided for traders with staff regularly checking up that we all were content. The cost to trade at the event was also very reasonable compared with many others – even though the footfall is also better. We thoroughly enjoy the event & are looking forward to attending next year.

    Thank you, RCT – we certainly give your Festival the biggest big “thumbs up” of any we’ve attended; & think it is the model of how a successful Food Festival should be organised & run. :0)