St David’s Day Market in Cardiff

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.

Meanwhile, Marietta of Imaginative Gourmet offered vegetarian goodies which would have had even the most staunch of meat fans drooling at the mouth. From halloumi cheese and vegetable wraps, to elaborate filo parcels filled with exotic cheeses, vegetables, spices and herbs, all of Marietta’s dishes were very reasonably priced!
This colourful fresh fruit and veg stall is permanently located on the Hayes, offering tasty fruit salads at just £1 each! During the St David’s Day Market, the stall sold fresh daffodils alongside its regular produce.

For me, however, the best food and drink stall was that of Cup and Cake, a local cupcakery based in Llanishen, Cardiff. The stall featured a mouth-watering spread of cupcakes, each beautifully decorated by hand and made using only the finest locally-produced, organic and Fair Trade ingredients.
At £2.20 each or £8 for a box of four, these cupcakes cost more than the average – but these aren’t just any old cupcakes! I succumbed and bought a box for sharing.
Topped with a swirl of fruity, cinnamon-flavoured icing and a mini Welsh cake, the this cupcake was the perfect treat for St David’s Day!
Likewise, this double Belgian chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting really helped me to show my passion for my home city.
Named ‘Strawberry Kiss’, a bite of this Madagascan bourbon vanilla cupcake reveals a strawberry compote centre. The frosting is a sugary-sweet and also vanilla-flavoured, and the pouting red lips are hand-moulded using Belgium white chocolate.
Last in my box, but certainly not least, was this Banksy cupcake adorned with one of the artist’s famous pieces, printed onto Belgian white chocolate. The vanilla sponge gave way to a raspberry centre, whilst the smooth vanilla frosting seemed to have a hint of white chocolate to it. Several other designs were also available.

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.


1 Comment

  1. Fragile Bird
    March 10, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Ah I missed this, love little samples

    Please come and check out my latest post if you have a few minutes spare 🙂

    p.s. I’ve given the blog a bit of a face lift!

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