Daily Archives: July 9, 2011

The pop-up brunch club

My very first pop-up event and wow!! I’m totally overwhelmed by its success.

Supper club packed its bags and moved into the new Llys Dafydd square on Bethesda High Street, for the first of many monthly produce markets which will be held on the site. Llys Dafydd is almost a work of art in itself with many members of the community (artists, builders, gardeners) involved in its construction. From the beautiful wrought iron gates, to the stenciled slate designs, Bethesda has a rich history. A history so closely entwined with the slate industrythat it was only fitting that this be commemorated in its design.

My little slate kiosk and menu board...bilingual of course

My little slate kitchen was a pleasure to work in even though all the fixtures and fittings hadn’t quite arrived in time. The two ring electric hob was painfully slow to heat up and wasn’t big enough for a frying pan and a big saucepan side by side. Pete, my helper for the day went home and fetched his electric George Foreman griddle thing…which needed a drip tray, but we didn’t have one. We wedged tea towels round the base, which are now in the bin!. We couldn’t fit a coffee pot under the tap of the urn (so had to fill the coffee pots cup by cup). The stainless steel work surface hadn’t arrived so we used a trestle table, which was far too low to chop vegetables on and I made three times as much soup as I needed since the sun came out, making soup less desirable.

Other than these few teething problems the day went amazingly well. So well in fact, that we ran out the local butchers lovely dry cured bacon so had to run up the road to get more, 5 minutes before he closed for the day.  The butchers apparently had a huge queue of people outside, that had gone to him from the market. Many of the stall holders had sold all their stock by 11.30am (we only opened at 10) including myself (my jam and pickle reserves have run dry for the rest of this month) and I ran out of coffee in the cafe. One person said

“wow! proper fresh coffee from a pot, you don’t get much of that round here”. Half an hour later it had gone.

My suppliers really need a mention as they were fantastic for getting me the best local produce, at a great price. Moelyci that provided lettuce and onions, Pippa and John for carrots, coriander and beetroot, Mintons wholefood wholesalers in Llandrindod Wells for organic tea, coffee and sugar and Pobty Cae Groes, (Pobty is bakery in Welsh for all you non-Welsh speakers), the most local bakery anyone could wish to have at the end of their street and providers of the most ENORMOUS rolls and baps. So kind are they that they threw in a free bara brith (Welsh fruit bread), pack of lemon and poppy-seed muffins and loaf with my order. Green Fox supplied all of my environmentally friendly / biodegradable packaging and finally a massive thank you to Gavin at the local Londis who helped me out in my hour of need (after I’d been let down by a supplier) with Welsh butter, milk and Snowdon Black bomber cheese which made up my Welsh ploughman’s in a bun along with lettuce and my onion marmalade.

We had giant bubbles from Dr Zigs and music from local musicians Gwibdaith Hen Fran and of course a timely visit from the sun, which we’d feared would not appear at all, as we erected the marquees in torrential rain the night before.

As for food, the local community go for hearty fare. We are country folk and like to eat well, so tea, coffee and  bacon baps went down a storm. The BLT mawr (Welsh for large) and ploughman’s in a bap did OK too. Even though we will be eating carrot and coriander soup for the rest of the week, I don’t mind at all. Those that had it, loved it and I will be a better judge of quantity next time.

The one sad thing about the day was that I hardly took any pictures. I’m just hoping I can get a few from others that did and then I will share them with you.

Market dates for the rest of the summer are:

13th August

10th September

8th October

and then hopefully we will find an indoor venue for two pre-Christmas markets before we end for the winter.

Other dates for Moel Faban suppers and the supper club are as follows:

22nd, 23rd and 24th July: Pop-up cafe at  Gwyl Gardd Goll festival a lovely little festival on the Faenol Estate with Gruff Rhys, Badly Drawn Boy, Echo and the Bunnymen and Cate le Bon,  plus a host of my favourite local musicians…Mr Huw, 9Bach, Gwibdaeth Hen Fran.

29th/30th July: secret suppers…spaces still available so book soon to secure a place

Then for the duration of August I will be off on a little jaunt to Crickhowell as crew caterer at The Green Man festival followed by what will be a well needed holiday eating my way around Ireland.

Dates for September have not yet been set as I have other plans that need firming up, but don’t worry supper club fans, I know I sound horribly busy but we will be back with a vengeance by the end of the month.





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