The largest Welsh cake in the world

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Caernarfon Castle from the inside

Caernarfon Castle from the inside

UPDATE: 22 July 2014

After all this time, Guinness World Records has now confirmed that the final weight of 21.7 kilos and 1.5 metre in diameter is indeed the largest Welsh cake in the world. The whole cake, divided into more than 200 pieces, sold  and was gone within 15 minutes. Even the ‘in-between’ pieces were sold as the event raised £800 for good causes.

Last Saturday marked the beginning of Welsh Tourism Week, that time of the year when those in tourism try even harder to attract you to visit, bombard MP’s, AM’s and councillors to remember how important tourism is and stage events to get them noticed in the media. In Wales, of course, it leads up to St David’s Day on the first of March so what events are planned this year?

In Bala – up in Snowdonia – they plan to  put Bala into the Guinness Book of Records by cooking the largest Welsh cake in the world. Every tree in the High Street is to be decorated in the colours of the Welsh flag as shops and local businesses compete for Bala’s “Best-dressed Tree” and “Best-dressed Shop Window”. A full day of events is planned and proceeds are in aid of local charities. But Bala is cooking up more than just one Welsh cake. You might think music and you’d be right. You might think, singing and culture and, again you’d be right.
The biggest emhasis tough will be on food and drink though not just in pubs as the celebrations continue. The Welsh government’s food side starts a big effort today to bring typically Welsh food – and food you might not consider welsh but which is made there – to a wider audience so, at Marks & Spencer’s branch in London’s Marble Arch today you can taste Welsh cakes ( or at any Welsh branch) and, at Harrods from the 27th, you cn sample any variety of fish and meat products. Go to John Lewis in Oxford Street and there are fourteen Welsh producers providing their wares including Welsh whisky, wines, beers and – of course – cheese. Needless to say there will be a string of events at the London Welsh Centre.

Through many Welsh cities there will be the annual St David’s Day processions in Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Llandudno, St David’s and Wrexham. But the day is celebrated abroad as well. Los Angeles will have its St David’s Day Fest in Hollywood, there’s a banquet in Washington DC and there is a two day festival at that Welsh outpost of Patagonia in South America. Even Disneyland in Paris has a Welsh festival from the 7-9th of March. there is an anuual ball in Hong Kong and so many events in Australia that it would fill another column.

St David’s Day is also the day when Visit wales launches its £4 million campaign to persuage us to go there. Emphasising the country’s castles, beaches and dolphins another Welsh favourite, Cerys Matthews will, supply the music adorning the campaign.







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