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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Food Assembly launches this month

* Robyn Lovelock with her son Harris. 
A NEW way of buying food is coming to Llangollen. 

The Food Assembly is an online service that brings people together to buy food directly from local farmers and foodmakers.

Customers in Llangollen can order food online from local food producers before picking it up weekly at a local pub, the Ponsonby Arms.

All the food comes from within around 26 miles of the area, meaning for every £1 spent, 90p stays in the local economy. 

Weekly shoppers can choose from unique local products, such as organic veg from Babbinswood Farm, oak-smoked cheese from Knolton Farmhouse Cheese, and award-winning bangers from family-run business, Pen-y-lan Pork.

There will also be plenty of pastries, artisan bread and other local and seasonal goodies. 

Community is at the heart of the Food Assembly – it connects neighbours to farmers, neighbours to each other, and everyone to their food. 

Each Food Assembly is a neighbourhood meeting point.

Llangollen Food Assembly is organised by Robyn Lovelock from the town who said: “While we have some fantastic locally produced food in the area, it can be difficult to find in one place and to buy outside of working hours.

“I’m excited that the Food Assembly will bring some together local farmers and producers with customers keen to buy fresh, tasty local food and other products.”

She added: “I hope the idea will bring another dimension to food options in Llangollen, supporting its Cittaslow slow food status and adding to the great selection of restaurants and delicatessens already here.” 

Llangollen is only the second Welsh town to get Cittaslow status, after Mold.

Llangollen Food Assembly will launch on Wednesday November 18, from 6pm-8pm at the Ponsonby Arms in Mill Street, with online ordering available from November 11.

Local customers can meet farmers, foodmakers and their neighbours, taste local food samples and see where their food comes from – as well as sampling some of the Ponsonby Arms’ selection of beers and wines.

For more information and to register as a customer or producer, go to and search for Llangollen, or call Robyn on 0779 9896108.


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