Yesterday lunchtime was made all the more exciting for me by the arrival of the St David’s Day Market in Cardiff city centre. Organised by Cardiff Council and the St David’s Day committee, the market forms part of the wider St David’s Day Festival taking place across the city from 28th February – 3rd March. To celebrate the national day of Wales, I stepped out of the office and made my way to the Hayes, where I found a string of stalls stretched out before me.
The market attracted quite a crowd, with shoppers of all ages browsing to see what was on offer. Some people came dressed for the occasion in traditional Welsh dress and daffodil heads.
Alongside several food and drink stalls offering local produce, the market included several arts and crafts stalls offering handmade Welsh products like traditional lovespoons, Welsh dragon earrings, genuine slate and photos of ‘old’ Cardiff, to name just a few.
Whilst I enjoyed visiting all of the stalls, my main interest lay with the food and drink stalls – and there were plenty of them!
The Welsh Creperie Company tempted market-goers with delicious, hot crepes prepared fresh in front of them, with a choice of both savoury and sweet fillings.
Chantler’s Teas offered a range of locally- and ethically-sourced teas, packed and blended in Wales.
No St David’s Day market would be complete without Welsh cakes, and Hot Welshcakes happily stepped up to the plate, attracting a long queue (just as well in my case – I’d have been tempted to buy some otherwise!)
Fish-lovers flocked to Fabulous Fish, offering a selection of chilled fish and shellfish, including regional favourites like Welsh Penclawdd Fresh Cockles and Laverbread.
Cup and Cake have a stall every week at the St Mary’s Street Market and Riverside Farmer’s Market in Cardiff, and their website can be found here. The cupcakery also have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Whether you’re looking to buy a treat for yourself, or searching for a gift for a friend, Cup and Cake is the way to go.