About South Wales Food and Drink
The South Wales Food and Drink platform has been developed to promote local food and drink businesses and allow them to provide their customers a ordering service.
As the COVID-19 crisis began to hit, many food and drink businesses, including our own markets across South Wales, had to close overnight. Local food and drink traders either had to remain closed or rapidly reinvent their businesses overnight, incorporating order collection points, delivery services and online sales into their models.
So, we created the South Wales Food and Drink website to help promote those local food and drink traders across the regions of Swansea, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot who are open and taking orders during the COVID-19 crisis, but also going forward.
Many people newly discovered local food and drink producers when the supermarket shelves ran dry in the early stages of the coronavirus hitting. We want people to continue in that habit of buying and shopping locally as a long-term habit, so please do share this website and encourage people, as well as your local food and drink suppliers, to register on it, and use it to order from them.
Swansea Bay Markets
The South Wales Food and Drink website was developed from our Swansea Bay Markets initiative, which founded the award-winning Uplands Market and subsequent related street markets selling local artisan produce made by small businesses coming from across Swansea, Bridgend, Camarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot areas.
The Swansea markets social enterprise has been hugely successful and popular with traders and visitors alike, with Uplands Market rated as one of the top 10 street markets in the UK by the Daily Telegraph.
You can visit the Uplands Markets website here: uplandsmarket.com
The markets and this website have been developed by Urban Foundry BCorp – a creative regeneration agency.
The street markets were developed as ‘pop up urbanism’ project to demonstrate the qualities of public space, bringing new life to them.
You can find out more about Urban Foundry’s work at urbanfoundry.co.uk
Alongside Urban Foundry, this website has also been kindly supported by the Catalyst project led by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Haverfordwest Town Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Bridgend County Borough Council, enabling us to provide the resource for free to end-users during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. We are also grateful for the assistance of 4theRegion and Swansea Food Partnership for their help in publicising the South Wales Food and Drink platform.
The South Wales Food and Drink platform allows our registered traders to promote their services. Delivery and collection for orders of artisan food and drink is available in the Swansea, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigon and Neath Port Talbot areas. We would like to encourage people to continue to shop and buy local.