RHS Cardiff

01 May

I have had a fair amount of ‘feedback’ on this event, starting with a host of traders, including some of our Best Of Welsh & Borders, who despite supporting this event for years, this year were not allowed a tradestand, although they had been sent application forms. Who said loyalty pays or loyalty will be rewarded? I find that puzzling and understandably many traders were very angry. When you been attending an event for years, then get an application form through as usual, then I too would assume I’d be accepted again this year. But this didn’t happen and it meant that loyal RHS traders were bumped off and of course hadn’t applied for anything else. Can someone please tell them that traders are trying to run businesses……………….

I hate hearing of this happening, especially when by all accounts it’s such a busy, profitable event. One Welsh trader who did get in had a super few days there, but was disappointed that the majority of food traders were fromEngland.

I have no idea why RHS appear to have changed their policy for tradestand acceptance. Does the fact that wag are not supplying any funding have any relevance to lack of Welsh food producers being bumped off?

I know that if I was attending the RHS in Cardiff as a punter, I would certainly expect to see Welsh food producers there, wouldn’t you? So why have it changed with RHS? It is a huge shame that in our capital, the food shop window at the RHS show was basically food from England. What message does that send out?


Tags: , , , , ,

  1. trader

    May 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I couldn’t get in this year after being there a few years and of course I was not happy. Why send me an application form out it they want english traders there?
    I agree that visitors would of course want welsh food not english and our industry does need the trade.
    bad move rhs not that you are at all concerned about welsh food traders

  2. unfair

    May 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Welsh food prodicers should have at least a fair chance of getting in here
    visitors to Wales surely expect Welsh traders to be there.
    so much for supporting RHS Cardiff over the years and then being thrown out – that’s not loyal or supportive of this industry.

  3. trader 2

    May 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

    support them for years and years, then this year no stand for me and many welsh traders
    what’s your reason for this RHS?
    welsh food should have priority at welsh events and the government should be pushing to insist this happens

  4. customer

    May 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

    As a customer at this show I was very disappointed not to see a lot of Welsh producers that I like to purchase products from. I think Cardiff should bow their heads in shame and lets hope that we see all the Welsh traders we all love back in the food festival in the Bay.

  5. ridiculous

    May 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    What small-minded drivel. The majority of the food traders at RHS Cardiff were Welsh. I was there. So what if there were some English traders present too?

    The International Food and Drink Festival in Cardiff Bay is not a “Welsh Only Food and Drink Festival’.

    I’d love to hear your opinion if English festivals vetoed the many Welsh producers (Toffoc, Snowdonia, Cafe Mor etc) that trade at their events, which of course they wouldn’t do.

    In case you’ve all forgotten, we live in the United Kingdom. Get in your vans and travel like everyone else does and show all the welcoming people across the UK your delicious food and drink. Variety makes festivals exciting.

    Heaven forbid not getting in might be anything to do with something else such as your product/stall not being up to scratch or your product being too heavily represented…

  6. Parrot

    May 8, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Does the UK fund English festivals as Wales still funds many here?
    If there are reasons for a trader not getting in, with as you say oversubcribed sectors, or stand not being up to the event’s standard, then it’s up to the organisers to tell that appplicant otherwise how can they improve for future applications?
    I will stand up for Welsh traders being told why they’ve been rejected, otherwise a lot of Welsh funding is going to support English traders.
    Wales does not title any festivals as Welsh Only Food and Drink Festivals but surely it is easy to understand Welsh traders wanting to feature at Welsh shows.
    Yes some Welsh companies can and will travel into the UK, but the micro and smaller ones often don’t wish to do that, they have not got the time and manpower to do so.
    I don’t see how you can blame Welsh producers that wish to trade at Welsh festivals, more so when the Welsh Government is funding them.