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First Milk’s Maelor Plant Might Close With Huge Job Losses

16 Oct

First Milk dairy company has announced plans to close a Wrexham creamery with the possible loss of 231 jobs. The staff at its cheese-packing plant in Maelor could close by May next year following the loss of a ‘significant’ contract with Asda which has now gone to Arla’s packing plant in Shropshire.

The Welsh Government will be meeting urgently with First Milk, whilst the company have said that all possible options would be examined to try to safeguard the future of the packing facility and the jobs at Maelor.

First Milk is a farmer owned co-operative. Last year the company announced it needed to invest in new production facilities at Maelor to remain competitive. Last year the company announced a £13.5m redevelopment plan which was said to safeguard 220 jobs.

 
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Some Welsh Food Website Stats For You

16 Oct

I thought you find these figures useful!

UK rankings, source URL Metrics:

Ffres: 2,825, 671

Fork2Fork: 984,149

welshfoodbites: 6,502

Monthly visits:

Ffres: 3,402

Fork2Fork: 432

welshfoodbites: 29,537

There are no prizes are being offered for anyone guessing which Welsh food website is not funded by wag food, Europe under the Supply Chain Efficiencies Scheme, or a country council…………………..sorry!!!

welshfoodbites.co.uk is here to give coverage to our Welsh food producers and Welsh food and it seems that is what’s happening.

 

 
 

More Food Festival Rumours

15 Oct

In my last story posted yesterday 14/10, I said I hear very little indeed from wag food. Well how true that is, because yesterday I was told by a foodie that Welsh food festival organisers have been requested by wag food to submit to them their list of food producers at their festival, so wag food can presumably check that they have hit the required 75% Welsh food producer criteria.

Well guys you really couldn’t make this up could you? I have been commenting publicly on welshfoodbites for the last three years and have always been very vocal with my views on Welsh food festivals. I’ve spoken to wag food directly, both face-to-face and in writing. I’ve made clear my disgust that last year wag food paid Miller Research to do a 2012 food festival evaluation at a cost of £43k, yet it was only last month that I was able to finally obtain a copy of their ‘words of wisdom’. I’m not sure that Miller gave wag food a copy of their report last year, so I cannot see how wag food decided on this year’s criteria, unless of course they continued to use my opinions from welshfoodbites…………………………

But my worry continues to be that these food festival evaluations are an utter waste of public money and help wag food only by allowing them to tick another box on their list. This year we have two companies doing an evaluation and, as far as I understand it, it will be achieved by them looking at the organisers’ paperwork submitted to wag food, plus them ringing organisers and no doubt ringing some producers too. I doubt very much if these two companies will have attended any of this year’s food festivals, if they have I’ve certainly missed them. So they will have to form their opinion simply working on completed paperwork and talking on the phone to a few folk, but at least wag food can then tick another box!!! I know I’m cynical, but all organisers might not tell it as it is, but rather as they know wag food wishes to hear. So what’s the point of that then? Again with producers, if they wish to attend a festival next year, are they going to complain about anything at all? Of course not, they are not stupid and I don’t give a hoot that these call ‘might’ be in confidence, producers will not believe that any more than they believe wag food are on their side!

CLES were the appointed company, for the food festival evaluation. Wavehill are approved contractors carrying out some of the work in partnership with CLES. The tender value was £27,800+vat.

Now all this puts a couple of questions in my mind. Firstly that wag food asking organisers for this information now seems to give CLES one less job to do. Secondly, playing the cynical journalist, how can wag food be sure what the organisers send them is correct? Thirdly what in theory is asking for how many Welsh stands were in attendance going to mean? Bearing in mind many, many festivals have already been paid their agreed grant funding. If at this late stage in the funding plan it is shown some festivals haven’t made the required 75% can wag food ask for a refund? Then as press releases and signage were other wag food criteria, so how can these be proved? Because from my side not many funded food festivals managed to do that one either.

Of course I’m delighted that wag food and the likes of Miller Research are viewing welshfoodbites on a daily basis, despite this site not being publicly funded like fork2fork at a cost of £43k for one year; it’s flattering that they can take on board what they read. What is disappointing is that cannot then make my suggestions work for the benefit of our producers. Plus there’s no need to thank me, I’m sure my accountant has to be wrong when he reminds me I have a VAT number not a charity number, can that really be true?

This week I had an interesting call from one of our Best Of Welsh & Border producers, telling me that they had again been turned down by Abergavenny. No reason was given to them, despite them being professional Welsh primary producers – if Welsh food festivals are not for the likes of them wag food, what are you funding them for? This company were simply thrown out whilst Abergavenny took numerous stands from Cornwall and the Isle of Wight. Sadly this is not only happening at Abergavenny, as many festivals are guilty of this poor practice. But whilst this practice continues, wag food have just stood pathetically by and watched it happen, whilst our Welsh producers are not only losing vital trade and revenue, they have no form of re-address against being thrown out. So wag food, how can that be fair?

I’ve also heard once again, another rumour saying that wag food will not be funding festivals again next year. Of course I’ve asked wag food and been told no decision has been made and I’m sure I’ll hear about Scottish food festivals before I hear about our Welsh ones. But if wag food don’t fund food festivals next year this department and its Minister will have, let’s say a lot of egg on their faces. However if wag food cannot come up with festival criteria that are workable, then maybe it’s easier that we all admit defeat, wag food have won and we might just as well give up.

I’m not sure whether to sum up this post by saying to wag food, too little, too late, or reminding you all once again that sadly, commonsense is certainly not commonly available.

 

 
 

£350,000 Worth Of Funding To Support Winter Events In Scotland

14 Oct

I’ve told you before dear reader that I find out more about what is happening in Scotland than I do in Wales. I’ve no idea to date if the Welsh Government is supporting, or even promoting any winter events in Wales, but Scotland is on the ball with what seems like a very busy calendar to attract even more visitors to bonnie Scotland. I wait to hear what wag food and visit Wales are doing to push visitors into Wales and promote our Welsh food.

Enjoy:

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop today announced funding for Scotland’s Winter Festival Programme – kicking off on St Andrew’s Day, running through Christmas and Hogmanay and culminating in Burns Night – celebrating the country’s distinct culture, heritage and creativity. Nineteen events will take place across Scotland including, for the first time, the Western Isles. From St Andrew’s Day on November 30 through to Burns Night on January 25, events will run from the Highlands to Dumfries and Galloway, from Stornoway to Stonehaven ranging from storytelling, singing and street acts to flings, fireworks and food. They will form an integral part of the wider celebrations taking place the length and breadth of the country throughout the winter months.

St Andrew’s Day celebrations kick off with a month-long food & drink festival in the town of St Andrews, as well as major celebrations that will take place for the first time in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, family friendly events in George Square in Glasgow and a packed programme of activity as part of The Saltire event in East Lothian. Across Scotland, existing and new choirs will also join to put Scotland on the map as a ‘singing nation’ as part of Scotland Sings, which takes place across various locations around the country.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said:

“St Andrew’s Day, Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night are important calendar dates for Scots and these events, together with wider activity, will give everyone the opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage and distinctive culture. This vibrant winter events programme will bring people together to celebrate Scotland’s modern culture and traditions through the best of our nation’s music, arts, food and drink, innovation and entertainment. As a year round destination for visitors, Scotland welcomes over 15.3 million people every year. St Andrew’s Day, Christmas, Hogmanay and Burns Night are perfect for celebrating all things Scottish either with us here in Scotland or around the world.”

 

 
 

Funded Food Festival Calendar

14 Oct

Sure this might be of interest. There was a question raised in the Senedd about the food festival calendar. Follows is the transcript of part of the food question asked in the Senedd on Wednesday 9th October

William Powell( Assembly Member)

Minister, would you give consideration to bringing about a more coherent strategy in terms of the scheduling of such festivals so as to maximise the business opportunities for our food and drink producers?

Response

Alun Davies (Minister)

I am happy to give consideration to such a matter, but I say to the Member for Mid and West Wales that I do not think that any of us want local food festivals scheduled by the Minister. These are matters for local communities and local people; they should take decisions about what is best for their local community. I really do not think that we want too much central command and control of these matters.

Annoyingly the Minister hasn’t grasped the point or the problem. I am not aware of anyone on the ‘outside’ like the Welsh food producers who would wish Mr Davies to take it upon himself to schedule our food festivals. What ‘we’ are asking for, is for his food department to apply some commonsense before they award funding to festivals, when too many local festivals are running over the same weekend. His department should have told organisers, years ago, that they should discuss and arrange local dates to avoid any clashing. If this cannot be done between organisers, wag food department should warn them that if that’s the case, then funding might not be awarded to festivals running in the same area, over the same weekend. It is commonsense that producers are not always able to attend two fairly local venues on the same weekend. It is is commonsense that not many local foodies will travel over a weekend to attend two local events. It is commonsense that people/visitors haven’t as much money to spend. However I do have to also accept that commonsense is not commonly available…………………………………………….as seems apparent in government or the civil service!!

 

 
 

Future Of Welsh Food Debate

10 Oct


After posting the below on Welsh Food Bites last week, I was called by Wynfford James and threatened with legal action because he felt I had implied that he was in some way directly involved, during his tenure as the head of the Welsh Assembly’s Food Promotion programme, in the appointment of his son Meilyr Ceredig to run the Welsh Government funded ‘Fork2Fork’ local food awareness-raising campaign. So I need to say that this was not my intention. (I have removed the offending paragraph).

 (I have since heard that F2F has been extended for a year with another £100,00 of WG money, including £43,000 (!!) to maintain and update the website. Let’s hope that ‘maintaining’ will include getting more people to actually visit the site!).

Step change needed in the level of Welsh Government support for local food production and marketing.

Steve Garrett:

I was  recently asked to take part in a ‘Future of Food Debate ‘at the Cardiff Country Fair in Cardiff Castle. It was saddening to hear from the representatives of Wales’ farming unions about the tough economic challenges facing food producers in Wales and surprising to hear Alun Davies, Welsh Minister for Natural Resources and Food, assert that he sees his main task as promoting exports for Welsh food – mainly lamb and beef. What happened to the principles of the Food Strategy for Wales (‘Food for Wales, Food from Wales’) which ostensibly ‘sets out a wide ranging vision…for the Welsh food industry to grow in a sustainable and profitable manner’ and, crucially, claims to be ‘founded on principles of sustainable development, which includes economic, social and environmental aspects’? Surely a key step towards a ‘sustainable’ food system will be to reduce our dependency on importeds and encourage and enable Welsh people to eat more locally produced foods. Good for health, good for the economy, and good for the environment, I would have thought……not to mention tasting much better!

(Mr Davies also claimed that all of the food purchased by the Welsh government was produced in Wales – which would be lovely if only it were true and suggests that he needs to have a chat with his procurement staff. In terms of commitment to purchasing local food with public money my understanding is that we are lagging far behind Scotland and Ireland).

Of course international trade is essential for Welsh agriculture, as we do produce far more meat that we could consume in the domestic market, and I welcome the Minister’s efforts in this area. But this concentration on exports rather begs the question of why, for example, we import any New Zealand lamb into Wales. It seems common sense that it would be environmentally and economically better for Wales if more of the lamb eaten here was actually produced here. Recent statistics show that Wales actually imported £342.1 million and only exported £143.8 million of food and drink. The Farmers’ Union of Wales confirms that we are relying on food imports more now than in the past 40 years. Half the vegetables and 95 per cent of the fruit on supermarket shelves have been imported. Not only is this obscene in a country that is capable of producing some of the finest fresh produce in the world, it is also completely environmentally unsustainable and makes us extremely vulnerable in terms of food security in a world in which the reduced availability and increasing price of oil will make imported food ever more expensive.

John Davies of the Food Centre Wales is clear that: “the time of cheap exports with low fuel prices, to travel products around the globe is coming to an end, so it is important that we are self-sustaining in the food that we produce.” Mr Davies believes that with a little more diversification Wales can produce all the food it needs. “It’s not as easy any more to import from any part of the world, because there’s a growing world population, and we must make sure that the consumer in Wales has the opportunity of having food grown close to home, but we need to extend our variety.”

The Welsh Government proudly proclaims that: “Sustainability lies at the heart of the Welsh Government’s agenda for Wales”. The fact is that, although sustainable development was embodied in the constitution at devolution, the Wales Audit Office showed three years ago that our carbon dioxide emission reductions lag behind the UK average and renewable energy capacity has been growing half as fast as in the rest of Britain. Surely the Welsh Government could make an important contribution to sustainability and also be true to its own commitment to developing Welsh agriculture by investing more in the home production and consumption of fruit and vegetables.

At the Riverside Market Garden ( http://www.riversidemarketgarden.co.uk  ), a community supported agriculture project on five acres near Cowbridge , we have demonstrated over the past four years that the climate and soil of Wales is perfectly capable or producing top quality fruit and vegetables year round, if polytunnels and other techniques are employed. We have received some Welsh Government funding to share the knowledge we have gained with others who want to do the same – though the current lack of any horticulture training anywhere near Cardiff makes it less likely that there will be young people in the area who want to take up this opportunity.

At the same time, Sir Terry Matthews’ plans for setting up a 100 acre organic farm in Gwent to supply fresh produce to meet the requirements of his Celtic Manor hotel – which spends up to  £10m per year on food! – will be a further positive example of the potential viability of horticulture in Wales. But much more support is needed to get production levels in Wales up to a sustainable level.

The Welsh Government needs to put its money where its mouth is in terms of fostering a sustainable and resilient local food economy, by investing in the production and marketing of Welsh produce so that more people in Wales eat fresh seasonal produce from Wales, supporting a vibrant local agricultural economy, giving more people access to the best and healthiest food, and reducing our carbon foot print. In other words to put into actual practice the fine words and principles espoused in the Food Strategy for Wales, and more broadly in the ‘One Planet Wales’ Sustainable Development Plan.

Welsh agriculture and horticulture urgently needs Alun Davies’ department to invest in Welsh food production and marketing that will actually yield results in terms of increased local food sales –  just like seeds planted and tended in Welsh soil can produce a rich harvest that would significantly improve the health of the people, of the environment and of the economy of our country.

 
 

Who Controls The Funded Food Festival Calendar?

07 Oct

My answer – no-one.

Ian and I were at Brecon food festival on Saturday. Other festivals also on last weekend were Newport and Neath, all three of them mid/south based. All three of them were funded by the wag food to the tune of nearly £20k. I got endless complaints from producers, mostly saying the same thing, why three festivals on the same weekend that they could basically all attend reasonably easily. Yet next weekend there is only Anglesey running, which is too far for many of the mid/southern producers to attend. So if these producers only have the staff and resources to attend one festival, how do they make their decision? That’s a tough one isn’t it? Where are they going to make the most money is really what they come down to, isn’t it? Some producers did manage to do two festivals, but it meant either having to bring in temporary help, or run each stand solo.

This is not a new discussion point I’m introducing, Ian and I have been mentioning it for years, but to no avail – no-one bothers to listen. One wag official did tell me there was nothing wag food could do about it, but I totally disagree. I think it should be part of wag food’s job to encourage food festival organisers to talk amongst themselves and plan a sensible working calendar for the benefit of the food producers. It will actually help them too as it should bring a greater selection of artisan food producers to them clamouring for a pitch. If that’s not possible, I think wag food should then say: if you can’t help with this basic issue, then some festivals will not be funded if they clash dates. Money has always been power and the ‘government cashier should surely have a say………………….

The food department, in my view is there to support food producers,  but if I was a producer with a choice of three festivals last weekend and really nothing this coming weekend, I’d be furious and feel as many said on Saturday that this department is letting them down – again. A couple of producers were cross with me, which was unfair, as I’ve said this many, many, many times to the government that this should be done. So far I’ve failed in making wag food see my point of view, but the sad thing is my point of view relates to feedback I get, from producers that wag food in effect are supposed to be supporting.

Another question I was asked on Saturday was how many wag food employees attended their 32 funded food festivals? Many or any? Well if you take out Cardiff and Abergavenny, I’d say not very many at all – if any.

My final moan was that I’ve had no press releases from any of these three festivals; in fact I couldn’t find a list of producers for Brecon on the web. But that’s no longer new news for you is it? But to be fair, I didn’t bother checking the other two festivals as I’d no intention of visiting them as well. So why do wag food bother to issue any criteria to food festival organisers? What’s the point? Is it just another pointless box ticking exercise? Which I have to say wag food are good at, aren’t they? I just can’t understand how wag food think they can accurately analyse that their criteria are followed. The two companies wag food are this year paying to do a food festival evaluation, is from my side, a total waste of our money. Apart from the fact that another box will be ticked.

So it seems not to matter that these unresolved issues continue year after year after year, and our producers are not being supported.

I’ve yet to have any feedback from either Newport or Neath.

 
 

Abergavenny Update

02 Oct

I have obviously hit a nerve!  

Today I have received a letter of complaint from HCC stating that I am implying that HCC is corrupt.

I state most emphatically that I am not implying that at all. What I am saying is that HCC is not giving me all the facts about their spending.

HCC have been asked how much they spent overall on their stand at the Royal Welsh, no specifics, just an overall figure. This question followed comments into us from butchers, who felt that this was not the best way to promote Welsh meat. So this is HCC butchers that are not happy and have different ideas about meat marketing. This question would not have been raised unless it came from one of our Best Of Welsh & Border producers. HCC told us that this was information was commercially sensitive and could upset their stand builder. I didn’t think I was clever enough to work out how much the stand provider gets from HCC from an overall figure, but there we are. That’s financial information HCC can’t supply to me.      

Abergavenny Food Festival lost in excess of £30,000 of Food Festival Funding this year. On the Abergavenny Food Festival website both HCC and Visit Wales appeared as sponsors. My admittedly cynical view was wondering if the funding had been directed via different ‘government’ parties. So I asked questions, to be told that both HCC and Visit Wales are just exhibitors. I then asked why all the trade stands are not listed as sponsors, as this simply still doesn’t make sense.

So I am not implying or accusing any corruption, but I am stating that in my view, transparency and openness is lacking and obviously raises queries.   

 

 

 
 

Cardiff Country Fair

01 Oct

I had this sent through to me on Monday and after checking out the source, who is a person who was there throughout the event; I thought that some of you, who didn’t attend might find it of interest.

Written by Serious Foodie: A a dedicated and very disappointed Foodie who may well next year go to Italy for the real show………

Did you know there was a Country Fair in Cardiff Castle last weekend?  ‘No?’  Don’t worry too much, you’re not alone. Judging from the overall attendance figures the show was a well-kept secret and amongst those that did attend, many thought they were attending the usual British Cheese Festival.

It seems the event organisers are not very good at multi-tasking as last year’s British Cheese Festival was blighted by poor organisation. The official excuse was, ‘they’ say, caused by the council staff being overwhelmed with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Torch staggering through the city.  Why either event should prevent sending out invitations to hopeful vendors, followed by response delays so long, that many decided to take their products and produce elsewhere, but that’s what happened resulting in a much smaller show than previous years.

So what was the excuse this year?   At first it wasn’t clear if there was even going to be a Cheese Festival at all, rumour had it that it clashed with something going on somewhere in Italy, which was true. The Bra Cheese Festival which is far from a new event has been going on for years. 

Then we were informed that as the Italian Festival was a bi-annual event, then the Cardiff British Cheese Festival was now going to be every other year to avoid the clash. Heads up Cardiff, here’s the provisional dates for The Bra Cheese Festival for 2014, 19th – 21st September.

OK, so no Cheese Festival in Cardiff in 2013. The event team or committee, or whatever, wandered around in a dither as to whether or not to do something else and as before, took so long to make a decision, that most of the possible vendors made alternative plans.  So instead of a Cheese Festival we ended up with a sort of village Fete.  

From the footfall I’d guess they managed to keep the whole thing a secret from the public as well. Of course the footfall increased round about lunch time when the local students arrived for their annual lunch of free samples. They apparently have no shame as they stand around discussing the various merits of what’s on offer before wandering off to the beer tent to wash things down, before heading back for round of ‘See how much free food you can neck down.’ 

As a casual observer at these events it seems that the point that it’s supposed to be ‘Try Before You Buy’ and not a free lunch, is lost on many who come to these shows. The fact that for many of the stall holders and vendors who forked out the guts of £500 to be there and that this is how they make their living is largely lost or probably just ignored by the great unwashed hoards.

Was it a good event? Hardly. Very disappointing from what was on offer with, I’m sure, a lot of very disappointed people from both sides. There were lots of negative comments about increased costs and abysmal attendance.

As far as the highly successful Cheese Festivals of the past, I can’t help feeling that the Cardiff event team shot themselves in the foot for the second year in a row. Nor can I believe that all the cheese producers went to Italy and that there wasn’t enough left to come to Cardiff and put on a decent show. 

As I point out above, the Slow Food Festival may be Bi-annual, but the same venue in Italy is planning a Cheese Festival next year and the dates look as if a clash is once more inevitable. It does make you wonder what next year’s excuses will be for a poor event in Cardiff and how long we have to wait to hear them!    

Rumour has it the event organisers are thinking of another Country Fair for 2015. Good Luck with that kids but I do wonder if you will find enough gullible vendors to come!    

Thanks so much for sending this through as I cannot possibly attend more festivals than I do. So that is much appreciated. We are all entitled to our views and I understand perfectly when you’ve paid our your hard-earned cash you do expect a fair return. We’ve all got mortgages and kids to pay for!

How disappointing to get a festival report back from someone who spent the entire show there – unlike me who is definitely a day visitor!!! I’ve have always got positive feedback from the Cheese Festival, with some of our Best Of Welsh & Borders producers saying it’s one of their best festivals of the year. So I’m concerned that what appears to have been a poorly attended event will put visitors off next year. Cheese is on of the many food products that we excel at in Wales and any opportunity to get behind it with a big promotional push must be taken and done well.

The comment about samples is always an ongoing one, but one that I think is made much worse when people have to pay to come in. Some people then take the attitude that if I’ve HAD to pay £3, £4, £5, £8 or £13 or whatever the entrance fee is to come into this event, I shall make sure that I eat at least that amount to break even. If you talk to any producer that has samples out, or like I do, simply watch people as they ‘browse’ the sampling stands and then listen to parents encouraging their children to ‘grab a handful’ – then you’ll realise that far too many people have no intention at all of purchasing at all. They don’t give a hoot that these samples cost the producers money and cut their profits. However, if your competitors are sampling, then producers have to be resigned to often taking a hit on sampling and hope for bumper sales.

Stands prices, so I’m told were a whacking £420 for the two days, which is really a lot of money. I wish organisers could realise that the stand price is only the start of a producer’s outgoings for each festival. I’ve been concerned for years about stand costs generally and always about the stand costs at the Royal Welsh and Winter Fair and £210 a day is getting on a par with them, but in view is excessive if you’re  not getting the massive numbers of people through the gate. I think I’m right in saying that the Cheese festival stand price last year was about £300, which is a huge difference. I still think some organisers  find it hard to understand what producers actually need from festivals. Of course you can sum it up with the obvious, make a decent return whilst they are there, but I do appreciate that if you’re  cocooned in the security blanket of getting your regular salary at the end of each  month, it must be hard for them to ‘get’ the life of the self-employed ……………………

 
 

Feedback On – Bridgend Feastival

01 Oct

I’ve just been chatting to a producer who attended this festival at the weekend, whilst Ian and I were at Narbeth food festival. Bridgend applied for funding from the Welsh food festival budget of £9,500 and were fortunate to received £9,000. What they did with that funding of course I’ve no ide,a but according to my feedback source it wasn’t spent on marketing & advertising. Their view was that the  festival was a disaster. Very few people there and those that did stumble upon the event had no idea it was taking place – think that might come under pot luck!

Yet again I’m sad and angry to get feedback like this. I have to query once more how wag food make their decisions as to whether or not to fund a festival and then work out by how much they will get. I guess they couldn’t have used the latest Miller food festival evaluation report, as we’ve only just got hold of it  – unless, unlike us, wag got their copy in January. This festival funding situation is totally ridiculous. The money wasted at all levels, simply beggar’s belief and there is no way you could possibly run a business in this sloppy manner. In one way I hope this company has not read any of the Miller report, in another if they have they’ll choke on Miller saying that producers take about £1,990 per festival. Good gracious, we don’t get told much, but often it’s total rubbish and I for one am totally fed-up with it.

For goodness wag food talk to people that know and understand festivals, – producers would be a good place to start, but in fairness to you, they’d never tell you the truth for fear of reprisals. But you should all remember that’s it is tax payers that are paying your wages. Wag food should have it’s focus on supporting food producers and food festivals are a vital part to many of their businesses.

I must apologise though, because I don’t know how many times I will have to keep saying the same things to wag food before someone in that department wakes up and takes a reality check and that’s one where the salary is NOT paid into the bank each month regardless of performance.

 

 

 
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