A South Wales video company has turned its successful ‘Coginio’ cookery DVDs into a luxury short break for foodies who want to experience the taste of Wales.
Film42, based at the Culverhouse Cross media centre in the Vale of Glamorgan, is partnering with luxury four-star golf, spa and leisure hotel, The Vale Resort, to offer the food-lovers break which has proved popular with individuals, couples, hen parties and best friends alike.
‘The Taste of Wales Cooking Break’ combines luxury bed and breakfast accommodation at the Vale Resort with a fun morning of cooking, conversation and exploration of Welsh ingredients, recipes and culinary culture, brought together over lunch.
Welsh food ambassador and broadcaster, Sian Bassett Roberts, developed the Coginio cookery course to showcase Welsh produce and recipes in a way that was accessible and fun. Coginio is the Welsh word for cookery. She said: “Welsh produce is coveted around the world, yet many people are still unaware of our culture of food and its impact on our heritage.
“The Taste of Wales break combines the cook-along style of the Coginio cookery DVDs with hands-on cooking, talks about ingredients, food culture, local sourcing and the history behind some of Wales’ best known dishes. The break is designed to offer guests the opportunity to learn how to cook some of Wales’ most renowned dishes, while having fun and eating some great produce.”
Steph Metson of The Vale Resort said: “We are delighted to be working with Coginio to offer guests a different type of experience and a taste of what Wales has to offer. The informal nature of the course and the friendly team behind Coginio have undoubtedly proved to be a big part of the attraction for guests. The cookery element of the break is great fun and the cook-along style has brought out the competitive side of some guests, leading to some great food and banter over lunch.”
The cookery short break was developed by Film42 with funding support from Creative Rural Communities, a regeneration and economic development initiative led by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in partnership with various public, private and voluntary sector organisations.
Phil Chappell, principal rural regeneration officer, said: “As a regeneration and development scheme we have the opportunity to not only help companies like Film42 develop and expand their offering but also continue to keep tourism growing in the Vale of Glamorgan.
“New business ventures and tourist products like this one are essential in order to keep the local economy thriving and to keep encouraging people to visit the Vale of Glamorgan when travelling to and around Wales. We are delighted to have been able to provide funding for the development of the partnership between Film42 and The Vale Resort and we look forward to watching it continue to develop.”
The Coginio cookery course is available for £99 which includes one night luxury accommodation; full Welsh breakfast; Coginio cookery course (from 10 am – 2 pm) and full use of extensive leisure facilities at the Vale Resort. For further information visit the Break Section of www.vale-hotel.com. The next break will run on Saturday May 19th 2012.