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North East Wales eateries celebrate Year of the Discovery with tapas and desserts food challenge!

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 23rd, 2019.

Nineteen eateries from across north east Wales will be going head to head over the next three weeks as they compete to win the 2019 Welsh ‘Year of Discovery’ food challenge.

To celebrate this year’s theme – which aims to promote tourism in Wales – the North East Wales Tourism & Marketing team laid down the challenge to local eateries to devise a dish that would highlight the best local produce in the area; along with giving visitors the chance to try something a little different.

For restaurants, the challenge was to develop at least three tapas dishes or small plates using local North East Wales producers that will each play on the senses and help diners learn more about the 2019 Year of Discovery in Wales.

For cafes / tearooms, the challenge is slightly different and encourages the design of a dessert which again uses as much local North East Wales produce as possible, plays on the senses of those who buy it and incorporates a possible reason to discover our region.

Taking place between 19th January – 13th February, eateries across the region will have their entry available each day whilst they also will receive two mystery dining visits that will score their entry, how it is promoted and how it matches the entry criteria.

The two highest scoring dishes from each category will then be invited to a cook-off at the end of February with prizes including the associated publicity, a stand at the Wrexham Food & Drink Festival and other commercial event opportunities throughout the year.

Locally there are a number of well known Wrexham restaurants and cafes taking part in the challenge – along with some just up the road in Flintshire and Denbighshire.

Speaking about the challenge, Destination Manager at Wrexham Council Joe Bickerton, part of the NE Wales Marketing team said: “It’s fantastic to see more entries again this year – and further highlights the superb level of creativity of our chefs in North East Wales along with the availability of great local produce.

“We really hope that over the next month, diners across the region and those visiting the area enjoy trying new places and give the Year of the Discovery dishes a try in each venue”.

North East Wales business taking part in the 2019 Year of Discovery Food Challenge are;


  • Edenshine Restaurant (Afonwen Craft Centre)
  • Gales Llangollen
  • The Fat Boar Wrexham
  • The Fat Boar Mold
  • Levant Wrexham
  • The Three Eagles Llangollen
  • The Royal Oak Bangor on Dee
  • The Holt Lodge Hotel
  • The Buck House Hotel
  • Plat Bach (Ty Pawb, Wrexham)
  • The Shippon (Plassey Holiday Park)
  • The Alyn Rossett
  • The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr


  • Lot 11 Wrexham
  • Strawberry Fields (Bellis Bros, Holt)
  • Courtyard Café (Wrexham Museum)
  • Just Desserts & Milkshakes (Ty Pawb, Wrexham)
  • Caffi Florence, Loggerheads
  • Emz Cakes, Wrexham

Full details of the dishes on offer can be found on the north east Wales website here.

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