Today is St David’s Day, and you don’t have to be Welsh to take the opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Wales. Why not keep a welcome in the hillside by sampling some of the finest food and drink that Wales has to offer?

We know you’re thinking of leeks, Welsh lamb (and daffodils), but when it comes to culinary rituals associated with St David’s Day, there doesn’t appear to be a particular one that stands out. So here are some of our suggestions for distinctly Welsh ways to celebrate.

Welsh lambs on hillside
  1. Lick a Bodnant Ice Cream

The ice-cream at Bodnant Welsh Food Centre is made from the creamy milk of fresian cows. Alongside traditional flavours, there’s Bodnant rose, inspired by the roses growing in the neighbouring Bodnant Gardens. Or how about milk and honey? It’s made from local honey collected by the centre’s beekeeping team.

Cows sign for Bodnant Ice Cream

2. Sip a Purple Moose Ale

Take a tour of Porthmadog’s award-winning Purple Moose Brewery and sample the delights of Welsh real ale made from the fresh mountain waters of the Glaslyn valley. The Welsh Highland railway starts running on March 2nd so you may prefer to sip your ale in style from one of their first class carriages.

3. Drizzle Some ‘Ugly’ Welsh Honey

Visit the Ugly House tearooms in Betws y Coed and buy some of their famous Welsh honey to drizzle over your morning porridge. While you’re there, try their secret recipe Welsh rarebit or wander along the riverbank to Betws y Coed for fish and chips.

4. Sprinkle the Halen Môn

Take a tour of Halen Môn’s saltcote where Welsh salt is harvested from the fresh waters of Anglesey’s Menai Straits. Hire a bike and take in some of the sites of this beautiful island, stopping off for lunch at the Marram Grass Café, in Newborough.

Halen Mon Angelsey Sea Salt

5. Butter a Slice of Bara Brith

Literally meaning ‘speckled cake’, this moist Welsh bread is baked with currants, raisins, candied peel and sweet spice. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a pot of tea, a good book and a comfy chair by the fire.

Buttered Bara Brith

6. Pour a Glass of Welsh Wine

Visit Pant Du vineyard, near Caernarfon, to taste Welsh wine, ciders and apple juice.

7. Swig a Wee Drop of Welsh Wisgi

Do the Penderyn distillery tour in the Brecon Beacons and taste Welsh wisgi. Be warned, it’s fiery stuff!

Bottle of Penderyn Whisky

8. Eat a Welsh Feast at Castle Cottage in Scenic Harlech

Stay at Castle Cottage in Harlech where Glyn, chef and owner of this award-winning ‘restaurant with rooms’, will cook you a Welsh supper showcasing the area’s rich local produce including delicious seafood.

9. Bite into a Juicy Bison Burger

Stop off at the Rhug Farm Estate Farm Shop to stock up on provisions and to buy an organic bison burger from their On The Hoof takeaway. The 6,700 acre organic farm in Corwen, Denbighshire, runs its own herd of Wild Bison.

10. Have a Pizza in Portmeirion

Wales has a strong connection with Italian food. From 1890 onwards, Italian migrants started opening up Italian cafés and ice cream parlours. At Portmeirion Village, you can celebrate this by eating wood-fired pizza and ice cream made using traditional methods.

For more Welsh food inspiration, take a look at our suggestions for Foodie Days Out in Wales.