Have you got everything sewn up in the kitchen or is there room to improve your skills?
Many are probably in the latter category, which is why an upcoming food festival may provide some delightful answers.
Amgueddfa Cymru’s second digital food festival takes place next month to replace the one usually held at St Fagans National Museum of History.
The festival runs for a full week and there are plenty of exciting events planned, including a special cook-a-long with Michelin-starred chef Hywel Griffith. He is normally cooking culinary delights in his restaurant The Beach House in Oxwich, but during the festival, he will be sharing his top tips on the Amgueddfa Cymru Facebook page.
If this sounds like the festival for you, here is a flavour of what else is on offer.
When is it?
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Food Festival returns from September 6 to 12.
Taking place across the national museum’s website and social media channels, you can expect a host of exciting courses, talks, music events and cookery demonstrations.
Who is attending the festival?
There will be a wide range of culinary courses to suit all ages, including a patisserie course with Thibault Courtoisier, one of the winners of Bake Off: The Professionals 2020.
Learn to make bread with Crwst, or join a seasonal cook-a-long with chef, author and television personality Nerys Howell. You can also get the whole family involved in a family cook-a-long with Beca Lyne-Pirkis and learn how to make your own pizzas and fruit kebabs.
Fancy a bit of shopping and a chat?
An online marketplace will take place on Facebook, featuring over 40 Welsh food and drink businesses, including Welsh Sisters, Sorai, Little Black Hen and Celtic Country Wines. They will be showcasing their unique Welsh produce as well as exclusive offers throughout the festival week.
A series of talks and panel discussions will run throughout the week and explore the hot topics in the industry, including foods of the world. Discover more about ancient grains or join an entrepreneurial masterclass to learn more about launching food businesses in Wales.
For refugees and asylum seekers living in Wales, cooking is often a way of expressing themselves and sharing their stories with others. Join Oasis staff and clients as they discuss their journey through food, incorporating their experiences of visiting the collection, gardens and buildings of St Fagans in the lead-up to the festival.
Over on Twitter, Amgueddfa Cymru Curatorial team members will be sharing some of their favourite food-related items and stories from the national collections.
Look out throughout the week for some of the Welsh food and drinks available to buy in the museum shops and online. Learn about how some of them are produced on-site using heritage ingredients and traditional methods.
Want to know how to make your dishes grid worthy? Head over to the museum’s Instagram every day of the festival at 4pm for simple tips and tricks to elevate your dishes with garnishes straight from the garden. Looking to make your kitchen more sustainable? Green Squirrel and The National Botanic Gardens of Wales will be sharing simple tips and tricks to easily reduce waste and get more out of your veg.
There’s plenty for families to get involved with too. A special resource pack full of fun foodie activities to do at home will be available to download.
Amgueddfa Cymru Digital Food Festival takes place between 6-12 September, on the museum’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The event is free, with some ticketed elements. For the full programme, see Food Festival 2021 | National Museum Wales