Welsh Food & Drink Market In Cardigan

12 Sep

Welsh Food & Drink Market In Cardigan  

Welsh food and drink will feature in a weekly market in Cardigan thanks to Mum of two and founder of Cardigan Bay Brownies, Nerys Evans. She is in the process of establishing Blas, a new food and drink market and a much-needed brand for Cardigan. Cardigan Bay Brownies are a Best Of Welsh & Borders advertiser with Welsh Country magazine and the magazine, with their strong local food and drink ethos are fully supporting this project – hoping this pilot scheme will be the first of many across Wales.


The new venture in conjunction with Menter Aberteifi will be held in the Guildhall Courtyard every Saturday morning and will officially open in the next few weeks. Nerys is looking for local food and drink producers and businesses who would be interested in attending the Guildhall Courtyard in Cardigan every Saturday morning to sell their produce.

Nerys is aware that many towns and villages have thriving food markets and she wants that to happen in Cardigan too. She’s hopeful that the Courtyard within the Guildhall and indoor market complex can work as a welcoming social hub for local people as well as visitors and she is convinced that the market can function how it used to some 30 years ago and wants people to buy local.

Nerys can remember as a child that the upper market in Cardigan was really busy and that’s what she wishes to replicate. She’s pleased that everyone involved with the Guildhall is most supportive of Blas. There are tables and chairs in the Courtyard where people will be able to meet and socialise after shopping. With around 12 to 14 stalls there will be plenty of choice for people to come along and buy local.

Blas will open in the Guildhall courtyard from 8.30am until 12.30. Cost is £15 per stall. Nerys has already been in discussions with Ceredigion Country Council as regards parking for loading and unloading to make things easier for producers and talks are on- going. With the enthusiasm of Nerys and Menter Aberteifi there is no reason Blas cannot be a thriving hub for Cardigan.





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  1. BOW

    September 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Well done Kath & Ian, on the case again backing Welsh producers. Well done Nerys too for helping her home town, plus her great business.
    Think this is a great idea and super space in middle of Cardigan
    Hope more local markers are started as it’s so good for us to get out and about more and see more customers.

  2. Seth

    September 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Love to see more local markets, but cross as this is too far for me.
    Wish more were held during the week when we’ve not many options mid week.
    Saturday is often busy

  3. trader

    September 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Good work Nerys and you guys as well
    more needs to be done on markets we need this extra trade options.

  4. admin

    September 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I must say that Wag food department when we put this suggestion forward to them. I’m impressed that is really was fairly straight forward. Wag food have also been most supportive to Nerys as well in her start-up. Nerys is busy with her own business so hope producers understand and help her, not hinder her!

  5. BOW Sue

    September 14, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Chuffed to hear this and impressed with Nerys and the work you 2 have put it to get it off the ground
    Wish you got more credit for the work you do over and above adverts for us.

  6. Bow

    September 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Miffed I can’t do Cardigan but hope other towns will start doing this as well.
    thanks for helping with this
    Nerys is brave to do this – good for her!

  7. admin

    September 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I’m seriously impressed with Nerys, she not only makes superb brownies but is happy to make things happen for the benefit of her local town.
    Hope more producers follow her lead…………………………….

  8. admin

    September 14, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for your concern but it was our choice to help over and above an advert.
    With hindsight might not be our most sensible move but when you are passionate about Welsh food and drink it’s hard to ignore when thing are going wrong or you think you might be able to help.
    Wag food deserve huge credit, yes I’m saying that and I mean it, credit where credit is due. They listened to Nerys and I and then said yes we can help on this!
    Let’s hope more markets follow Nerys.

  9. foodie2

    September 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    This is good news and I am impressed with the drive and energy Nerys has.
    I would suggest that she thinks of holding the market on a Sunday though. Most local food producers already have a market on a Saturday, and by having it on a Sunday, she will catch all the holiday makers as the change over day is usually Saturday so they are not out shopping.

  10. admin

    September 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Take on board what you say and that’s a valid point Saturday can be a tricky day
    Sunday would mean Main market itself is closed and we really need their support
    you can never win but this is a great idea

  11. Trader

    September 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Get comment about Sunday but what I recall about Cardigan not much is open on a Sunday so would locals come back into town on a Sunday?
    Sure impressed with Nerys and like Kath hope producers support Nerys and don’t ignore that she has a business to run as well as they do.
    It would be amazing if more of these markets are started across Wales – they really are much needed.
    thanks Nerys, Ian and Kath for your efforts.

  12. Woo

    September 15, 2017 at 9:00 am

    If more people in food sector put in as much effort as Nerys and the guys from the magazine have done, life would be better.
    I’m amazed at wag food’s support but pleased Kath and Ian have found an open door in that department as I really thought it was a dept not fit for purpose. This is now making me think all is not lost with wag food.
    Well done wag food for listening and acting on this brill idea.

  13. BOW

    September 15, 2017 at 9:00 am

    great news
    great effort

  14. admin

    September 15, 2017 at 9:03 am

    It could NOT have happened without wag food – please do not forget that.
    Credit is due there.

  15. Fran

    September 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Congrats Nerys and Kath & Ian this is much needed.

  16. Trader

    September 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    We really do need more markets, but trust this idea works and we get more markets.

  17. admin

    September 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    This would not be moving forward without Wag Food’s support they deserve credit for this as does Nerys with a young family and business to support.

  18. Sue

    September 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Go Girl – great idea Nerys and as expected Welsh Country supporting one of their advertisers, Cardigan Bay Brownies.
    Think this is a great idea and hope more markets with true local produce will be started.
    Kath impressed wag food and supported this market – that’s a turn around for them. Listening and then actioning and supporting her idea. Sure that wouldn’t have happened with you 2 guys but as you say give wag food credit where it is due – well I will for once!.

  19. admin

    September 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Really do think wag food deserve credit for moving this idea forward. Not sure whether it would have happened without us – that’s not important – what’s important is wag food have helped enormously and without them it would not be happening!

  20. trader

    September 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    much needed market hope traders and people support and spend.
    If it was nearer me I’d take a stand
    well done all
    even wag food – pleased wag look like they’re listening

  21. trader

    October 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Hope producers and locals support this market.
    Good of Nerys to take this on and for you both for backing her and getting her help.
    Time someone highlighted the work you 2 do and mainly without payment apart from great value ads to producers. This is way above what you get paid for from us traders and it’s wag food’s role to talk to us and they really don’t bother.

  22. trader

    October 4, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Great idea and chuffed it’s gone ahead.

  23. bow

    October 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    well done Nerys and Kath and Ian and of course wag fod for listening and acting
    let’s hope there’s more of this.
    Kath and Ian have given good advice to wag food but perhaps now they have their listening ears on!

  24. admin

    October 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    wag food are listening and this market would not have happened without their support
    let’s give credit where it is due.