We are all about supporting local businesses, promoting sustainability and making sure all our attendees get the true Welsh experience while at SQLBits 2023 (and having some tasty food, of course). So, we’re going to share some of the local partners that will be lending a helping hand to providing the food-portion of SQLBits!
We are super proud to be working with the following partners to provide you, the life and soul of SQLBits, with the best produce that Wales has to offer for lunch and dinner options…
Ashtons is one of the largest fish retail outlets in the United Kingdom, supplying many of the major hotels and restaurants across South Wales. The present business was established in Cardiff in 1800, and has been in the Central Market since 1890. The present management are fifth generation fishmongers and the business has had only three owners in 200 years. Fish and shellfish is sourced from every fishing port in the UK. Fresh fish is also purchased from across the world, including Alaska, Norway, Chile, Saudi Arabia and Seychelles.
Image from Aston Fishmongers Website
At Brace’s, baking great products runs in the family, quite literally. Since 1902, when the company was first established by George Brace, people have trusted the Brace’s family to feed theirs. Now in its fourth generation, it is Mark Brace (Managing Director) and brother Jonathan (Director), who oversee operations. Today, the company’s bakeries are situated on top of the valley above the town of Blackwood, a stone’s throw from where George Brace started Brace’s in Pontllanfraith
Image from Braces Bakery Website
One of Wales’ leading independent food wholesalers started over 40 years ago as a cow and chicken farm in West Wales. Proud of their rural roots, this is reflected in one of the company’s core values of supplying and promoting the very best regional produce
Image from Castell Howell Website
This family owned business is devoted to producing excellent meat from pasture to plate. With experience of farming and butchery extending back three generations, the passionate Willis family personally select their livestock which are free to graze outdoors, helping to build their reputation as the most respected meat producer in South Wales.
Image from Cwmbran Centre
The award-winning Halen Môn (Welsh translation of Anglesey Salt) is run by a husband and wife team from Anglesey, an island off the north-west coast of Wales. Made from 100% pure Anglesey seawater, the range of gourmet salts are used by the best chefs all over the world and have been served at the London 2012 Olympics, political summits and royal weddings.
Image from Halen Mon Website
Run by Italian born Domenico Scarpetta, who came to Wales in 1981. Based in South Wales, producing premium fresh pasta and gnocchi, Artisan bread, Focaccia and various Mediterranean flour-based products. An innovative and passionate approach to food with 40 years experience within the food and hospitality industry.
Image from La Mediterranea Food UK Facebook
The Liquidline story begin in Suffolk, with one man and a simple mission – to make good things happen. Their first ever installation was a bottled water cooler and for the first two years, the focus was on water machines and drinking cups. In year three, driven by their founder’s passion for coffee and to better serve our customers, coffee machines were added to the product range. Since then they have outgrown three offices and expanded their product range ten-fold!
Image from Liquidline Website
A family owned and run business on the Gwent Levels just to the west of Newport. Shervington Farms have been in existence for over 40 years and they produce, pack and distribute free range eggs.
Welsh Brew Tea is a true family business. For the last thirty years, Alan, James & Sarah have worked on establishing their tea as an iconic Welsh brand, creating a unique blend of African and Indian teas, specifically blended to complement our wonderful Welsh water. And their story continues for one simple reason – those who try Welsh Brew, keep drinking it.
Image from Welsh Brew Website
Nature intends for honey to be raw, so that’s how Welsh Honey
keep it. All its products are totally natural and about as close to unspoilt as you can get without eating straight from the hive!
A family run business whose owners Karen and Mark are truly passionate about all things chocolate. With an amazingly talented team producing a range of high quality, contemporary and slightly eccentric hand crafted chocolates from our artisan factory in Haverfordwest