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CHRISTMAS IS in the air along the English-Welsh borders and we’ve got the High Towns and low downs of some of the best festive food and drink fairs to visit around The Marches. From Abergavenny to Shropshire, Brecon to Ludlow, don’t miss the awesome artisans and independent producers of this amazing food region who’ll be selling their gastronomic delights for Christmas. Here at Taste The Marches we’ve been to some fairs already – we’ve picked up festive fennel and cinnamon salami, craft ciders, flavoured roast coffee, Christmas nougat, gorgeous liqueurs and chocolate gifts. And to keep our spirits up while we shopped we’ve had mouthwatering street food, mince pies and mulled wine. We must admit – we love a Great British Christmas food fair so here are 10 you might want to consider. So get your earmuffs and appetites to the ready and head out for some happy festive shopping! 1. Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair (11th December, stalls open 10am-5pm) Head to the Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Fair on Sunday 11th December and you’ll find everything you need to get into the festive spirit. There are over 85 top seasonal producers, signed books by celeb chefs and Christmas recipe demos. For the kids there are workshops (£1.50 each or £5 to do them all) and a musical procession with festive light display....Read More
MISSED THE Herefordshire Means Business Expo but launching a new website for your food or drink business? Then here are 11 fabulous tips we picked up for you at the Google Digital Garage. Google’s expert told us that 88% of small businesses are not taking advantage of the growth of the web. There are some wonderful food and drink businesses across the English-Welsh borders, with more appearing online and at local markets every month. If you’re looking for success, or simply want to improve the way you do business online then here’s a brief summary: The best websites are colourful, easy to use, have great content, encourage customers to engage with you and make it easy for people to contact you. And here are the 11 top tips in full – we hope you find them useful for your food and drink business: 1. Create a great looking website The UK is now the global No1 for buying online with 77% of us buying online at least once a month. Google’s advice if you’re starting a website is to: Build a colourful website and make it shine across all devices Tell your story through content Manage your presence on Google and improve your visibility 2. Give people the functionality to buy from you Google says small businesses with a strong web presence experience...Read More
MONMOUTHSHIRE’S BEST chefs will showcase the fabulous food and drink to be enjoyed in the county’s fine hotels and restaurants from October 8th-9th. Yes, the Monmouthshire Food Festival is back! Caldicot Castle will again play host to this great food festival, which is now an annual day out for food lovers on the English-Welsh borders. The Producers Market will offer artisan food and drink to try and buy. The food producers come from Monmouthshire and neighbouring counties and will be joined by other fine...Read More