Two training events to support tourism businesses in Mid Wales are being organized by Organic Centre Wales next month. One takes place in Glansevern Hall, Newtown on 15 March and the other at Treberfedd, Dihewyd, Ceredigion on 22 March.
Daphne Lambert is the tutor for both. She has been a chef for over 30 years, many of which were spent running the organic restaurant at Penrhos on the Welsh borders.
As a qualified medicinal nutritionist, she founded Greencuisine, a food centre helping students and visitors to understand the relationship between soil, food, health and vitality, with an emphasis on food choice and preparation.
Daphne is the author of Little Red Gooseberries, a collection of recipes from Penrhos, and the co-author of The Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook.
”Food intolerances and allergies present an increasing challenge for tourism and food related businesses,” says Carolyn Wacher, who is organising the events for Better Organic Business Links, a three-year Organic Centre Wales project to build organic supply chains. “This course is for all those who provide food for their visitors, and who increasingly face requests for alternatives to wheat, gluten, milk and other foods.”
“Daphne works with organic and seasonal produce wherever possible, and she will be using these for her demonstrations. She has a huge amount of experience in these matters and the events will be well worth attending. We are expecting a high demand for places, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.”
The courses are free to tourism providers in Mid Wales. They are being organised jointly by Organic Centre Wales, ADAS Wales, Tourism Partnership Mid Wales and Medrwn.
For more information about the conference and to book a place, please contact Alwena Price, Medrwn 01654 702373 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alwena Price: Medrwn 01654 702373.
Carolyn Wacher: 01974 821272 email@example.com
Notes for editors
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. See www.organiccentrewales.org.uk.
2. For information about Tourism Partnership Mid Wales, see www.tpmw.co.uk.
3. Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) is a three-year project to build organic supply chains. It has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
4. The 'Developing the markets for organic food in the Welsh hospitality and tourism sector' project aims to support the development of organic food tourism initiatives as part of the Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) programme. Four reports have been produced to date:
A review of the literature (January 2010)
Developing the markets for organic food in the Welsh hospitality and tourism sector - Survey Report (July 2010)
Organic hospitality and food tourism businesses - six case studies (October 2010)
A Farmers' Guide to Organic Ecotourism (January 2011)
All the reports will be published on the Organic Centre Wales website, www.organiccentrewales.org.uk.