The food of St David’s Day

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Celebrate Welsh culture this St David’s day!
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The first of March marks St David’s Day across the whole of Wales. This is celebrated in a myriad of ways; school children are encouraged to dress up as Welsh ladies or coal miners, and Eisteddfods held across the country. The Eisteddfod is the epitome of Welsh culture, celebrating everything from music and drama, to writing.

Of course, no St David’s Day would be complete without some traditional grub! We take a look at some of the most popular dishes for you to celebrate the first of March in style.


Laverbread and toast
Often referred to as the Welshman’s caviar, laverbread is still a firm favourite.
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Despite what you may think from the name, this delicacy isn’t made from wheat. Laver is an edible seaweed that is boiled for a few hours, then minced or pureed to create laverbread. This is normally eaten with fried bacon and cockles to create a proper Welsh breakfast! Fancy trying it? Take a trip to Swansea market.


Traditional Welsh Cawl
A wonderful classic dish on dinner tables across Wales.
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Cawl, pronounced similarly to “cowl”, literally translates as “soup”. It is a wonderful warming broth filled with delicious vegetables and meat, often lamb or beef, and topped off with chunks of cheddar. It is widely considered the national dish of Wales, so you’re most likely to find this at an Eisteddfod! If you want to try it for yourself, it couldn’t be easier to make a bowl of traditional Welsh cawl.

Welsh rarebit

Welsh rarebit
This is sometimes referred to as “Welsh rabbit”, as the average Welshman wasn’t able to afford meat.
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This is more than simply cheese on toast – the traditional version includes some added ingredients to give it some extra flare. You can add either cider, stout, or ale to your cheese in a saucepan, as well as some Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Different recipes will vary with which ingredients you can add to your dish, but we can all agree that it is the ultimate cheesy delicacy.


A firm favourite to have with a cup of tea!
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Every cup of tea should be accompanied by a plate of delicious Welshcakes in Wales! These are a delightful flat cake that is traditionally cooked on a griddle – they look a bit like a flat scone. Ingredients are simply butter, sugar, and dried currants. Once cooked, the cakes are then dusted with caster sugar – or you could also spread butter on them to serve. They are very addictive, especially when freshly warm off the griddle!

Bara brith

Bara brith traditional Welsh fruit teabread, sliced on board
Bara brith is best served with a spread of butter and a cup of tea.
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Bara brith literally translates as “speckled bread”, in reference to the ample amount of fruit included in the recipe. The bread is normally flavoured with tea, dried fruits, and mixed spices, and tends to be served as buttered slices. Another great accompaniment to tea or coffee, bara brith is a firm favourite of tea time treats.

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