Astronomy meets gastronomy in the Cambrian Mountains of Wales, as local food, drink and craft producers make the most of world-class dark skies.
Local producers have created their own food, drink and craft network inspired by the night sky, and are currently planning to launch new branded produce, in the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park, in celebration of some of the darkest skies in the world.
All this comes after a report published recently confirmed that 99% of the Cambrian Mountains night sky has the best dark skies, possibly owing to the low levels of light pollution there.
Dà Mhìle Distillery will soon be launching an exciting new Cambrian Mountains Dark Skies themed product and have collaborated with Welsh Homestead Smokery to produce a special edition smoked bacon!
Another product inspired by the night sky is the fruity Morgan’s Brew Stargazer Tea Blend and for the ultimate cosmic caffeine hit, why not try the cacao orange tasting notes of Teifi Coffee’s Dark Skies coffee. Add local milk from Llaeth Llanfair or Gwarffynnon for a milky coffee under the Milky Way!
Small family-run butchers Mathews Butchers has created star-shaped local beef and lamb burgers, Radnor Preserves has created a Dark Skies Preserve and Hathren has created Galaxy Collection of brownies. For the young or even young at heart stargazer, why not slip a bar of Sarah Bunton’s Dark Skies chocolate into your backpack and you’re set for a great night out under the stars!
Cambrian Mountains-inspired local produce will be officially launched, in partnership with Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water, on Saturday 23rd of October 2021 between 10am and 4pm at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre near Rhayader, Powys.