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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Food Assembly celebrates milestone with tasting session

A local food group will celebrate passing a major milestone with a special party at a town pub.

The Taster Extravaganza will be hosted by the Llangollen Food Assembly at the Ponsonby Arms on Wednesday (August 17).

The event has been arranged to mark the fact that the assembly recently signed up its 400th member.

The assembly has been running for nine months since its launch in November 2015 by Robyn Lovelock and her son Harris.

She said: "We now have over 400 registered customers with many people shopping almost weekly.

"Customers are mostly based in Llangollen or nearby, but quite a few come along from Chirk, Corwen, Ruabon and even the edges of Wrexham and Oswestry. 

"Orders are all placed online, and then collected weekly at the Ponsonby Arms between 6pm and 7.30pm on a Wednesday evening, or Thursday by arrangement."

She added: "We're expanding our range all the time, but you can be sure to have a wide choice of meat, veg, cheese, bread, eggs, cakes, coffee, chutneys, sauces and preserves - we're hoping to add pates, pies and more cheese over the coming weeks.

"Of every £1 spent, 92p stays local, supporting farmers and food producers and their families.

"The collections themselves are family-friendly affairs, outside if the weather cooperates, and a chance to chat with the people producing the food themselves - so customers can make dietary-specific requests, or give feedback on previous orders.

"No purchase from the Ponsonby Arms is required, but they have a wide selection of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and many customers arrange to meet friends for a drink and chat as they pick up their shopping.

"It's free to join and as a member, you're sent weekly emails with recipe ideas to inspire your cooking with local food.

"At the Taster Extravaganza at the Ponsonby Arms on Wednesday samples of the food produced by all our local farmers and food producers will be available, including meat from Abbey Farm and Pen Y Lan Pork, super fresh locally grown vegetables from Babbinswood Farm, cakes from the Cabin Kitchen, specialist bread created just for the event and quiches from Bar Llaeth Bakery and possibly some wild-caught venison butchered locally by the Wild Bushcraft Company.

"All food is grown, raised or produced within 12 miles of Llangollen."

* For more information, please visit or contact Robyn at

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