Over a hundred Welsh producers will be joined by national and international buyers, journalists, dignitaries and industry leaders at Wales’s first ever international food and drink event.

BlasCymru/TasteWales takes place at the Celtic Manor resort on 23-24 March and will bring the entire industry under one roof to showcase the best of the nation’s growing food and drink offer.

Attendees include niche and artisan producers such as Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company and specialist meat curers Cwm Farm Charcuterie, who will join established household favourites such as Edwards of Conwy, Penderyn whisky and Snowdonia cheese, as well as larger manufacturing businesses such as Fruitapeel and Radnor Hills.

Industry professionals are being urged to secure one of the limited remaining spaces at the conference. With delegates coming from as far afield as the United States, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, it will also feature the recent BBC Apprentice victor, Alana Spencer, who will appear alongside Christine Tacon CBE, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, and other key industry figures.

Group editor of The Grocer, Adam Leyland, who will deliver the keynote presentation said:

“I will be addressing the international food and drink market and how Wales and the UK can make a significant impact globally. Hopefully the day will prove to be insightful and inspirational to both Welsh producers and conference delegates.”

The Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, will be hosting the event and making a number of exciting announcements in connection with the sector:

“Bringing together individuals and organisations from across the industry, BlasCymru/TasteWales will provide the platform for us to display the strength, success and pride we have in Welsh food and drink and help us continue with the positive trajectory we are currently on as we strive to reach our 30% growth target by 2020.”

Flying in from the United States will be John Rodger from Atalanta Corporation, who is very much looking forward to seeing what Welsh delights are on offer:

“While at BlasCymru/TasteWales I’ll be on the lookout for new and innovative products, with it also being an excellent opportunity to forge new partnerships.”

Capacity is limited with tickets available on a first come first served basis from www.tastewales.com.