Taste Wales Tasters

The Blas Cymru/Taste Wales 2021 conference is an opportunity to set the scene for future-proofing the Welsh food and drink industry as we continue to set our sights on global development. Book your tickets today to secure a spot at this signature event at the International Convention Centre Wales (ICCW), Newport. The full conference programme can be viewed here – but here are five Blas Cymru/Taste Wales tasters! 

  1. Minister of Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths MS

The conference will be opened by the Minister of Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, Lesley Griffiths MS, who said: “Blas Cymru presents a great opportunity for Welsh businesses to showcase the very best food and drink products made right here in Wales. I am pleased Adam Henson will be headlining the conference programme and I am sure his knowledge and passion will inspire those attending. Much hard work has gone into preparing for this year’s event and I look forward to meeting everyone at the ICCW.” 

  1. Adam’s Farm

Headlining the ‘Food and Drink for Future Generations’ conference programme is one of the UK’s best-known farmers and TV presenters, Adam Henson. He presents to millions of viewers each Sunday evening but farming and conservation are Adam’s first passions.

  1. How Bad Are Bananas? 

Key themes at this year’s conference include ‘how Wales is addressing the sustainability challenge’ and ‘making food manufacturing more sustainable’. Professor Mike Berners-Lee, the expert on sustainability and carbon footprinting and author of books such as; There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years; and How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything; will be addressing these themes.

  1. Food and Drink Federation

Ian Wright leads the Food and Drink Federation, the representative voice for companies and trade associations across food and drink. Before joining FDF in March 2015 he spent 14 years with Diageo plc, the world’s largest drinks business, and worked for Boots the Chemist and Mars Confectionery. In August 2015 Ian received a CBE for political and public service.

  1. Zones & Seminars

As well as the conference there will be a chance to network and meet industry professionals at special zones including Innovation, Skills and Business, Cluster Network, Tourism, International, Sustainability, Investor, Innovation and Manufacturing. Whether you are a new start up or an established company, the zones will allow you to explore the ‘art of possibility’ for your business. As well as the zones top speakers from manufacturing, the retail sector, trade bodies, Welsh Government and academia will offer talks, seminars, and workshops.