ONE of Wales’s most respected catering personalities “Dai Chef” Davies spearheaded the celebration of Welsh food at last month’s Caterfare event in Llandudno.
The largest of its kind in north Wales, and now in its eighth year, the annual event gives food and drink producers and distributors – plus equipment and catering suppliers – from across Wales and the borders the opportunity to showcase their goods to the local hospitality sector.
As well as cooking demonstrations using an array of the local goods, Dai Chef also chatted to delegates and producers about the benefits of using local suppliers for their hospitality needs.
In addition to showcasing the quality of local produce on offer, he promoted the benefit and ease of achieving fewer food miles to the industry by using fresh, local ingredients and goods.
Dai Chef, executive at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, recently visited Las Vegas where he showcased Welsh produce to world tour operators. He said: “With over 30 years’ demonstrating Welsh food and developing the industry’s youth, I’m continuing my journey to put Welsh food on the world stage and I was proud to officially open Caterfare Llandudno as this corner of north Wales has some of the finest producers around.” Caterfare organiser Ron Roberts said: “With the event bringing together hospitality and tourism providers across the region, as well as the numerous award-winning producers from the area, it is a great think tank for exchanging ideas, identifying new business opportunities and developing new partnerships.
“There is strong and growing demand for local food and drink and it makes good business sense for those involved in the tourism and hospitality trades to make a real feature of it.”