Well, what a great event Feastival was. Bridgend had never seen so many people and one of the most bizarre star attractions was the eagerly awaited 10 foot tall giant cauliflower sheep. If you missed it, it may be making an appearance again next year but here’s what happened this year…
Our 10 foot cauliflower sheep which will be made (or born) during this year’s Feastival now has its own private sector sponsor (Pembrokeshire’s Puffin Produce Ltd) and it s own Facebook page too. For some reason, many of its fans to date feel compelled to suggest names for our sheep, some quite tenuously after celebrities and here’s a few to boot:
- Brassica Simpson
- Caul Zeta Jones
- Cheryl Caul
- Ewe-n McGregor
- Stan Cauli-more
- Cauli Jones from the Stereophonics
Other non-celeb names include…..
- Sion the Sheep or Dafydd y Dafad
- The Welsh word for cauliflower is blodfresychen so how about Blodwen? Pity it’s a sheep and not a sheepdog otherwise we could have called her a Border Cauli!
- Ewe-nny – after the place near Bridgend where she is going to be born!
Visit the 10 foot cauliflower sheep page for more detail. As someone tweeted on twitter about the sheep “It’s all a bit bizarre!”
Puffin Produce Ltd was formed in 1995, evolving from the Pembrokeshire Potato Marketing Group. The company has 18 shareholder growers based in Pembrokeshire with an additional three programmed growers in the Wye Valley.
The company has a turnover of £8m and employs 55 staff, packing 24,000 tonnes of potatoes each year, as well as providing a seasonal supply of cauliflower, savoy cabbage, leeks, swede and daffodils.
Puffin has recently launched its new ‘blas y tir’ brand, with the aim of making the very finest Welsh grown and packed produce more widely available throughout Wales.
Puffin Produce are sponsoring the Cauliflower Sheep at Feastival.
One of the most unusual works of food art ever seen in the UK will be created and displayed in Bridgend during Wales’ alternative food festival, Feastival on the 1st & 2nd October. A contemporary artist provided through Altern8media will be making a giant 10 foot high sheep made from cauliflower.
The giant cauliflower sheep that will tower an astonishing 10 feet high, will be the centre piece of the two day event that is set to draw crowds from far and wide. Sponsored by Puffin Produce Ltd., the sheep is to be created on site in Bridgend town and be protected by its own vegetable dog.
“As one of the first alternative food festivals in the UK, the emphasis is on fun with food and doing something out of the ordinary, quirky and totally unique. To our knowledge this is the first place anywhere in the world where a 10 foot high cauliflower sheep has been created over two days.” said event organiser Barry King.
Sponsoring the creation of the sheep is Haverfordwest-based Puffin Produce Ltd, who recently launched their own brand, Blas Y Tir (‘Taste of the Land’) to bring genuine Welsh produce to shoppers in the region through Asda. Blas Y Tir cauliflower is the latest addition to the range. “I think the sheep reflects the ‘food fun’ theme of Feastival really well,” said Puffin’s General Manager Huw Thomas. “It’s a fresh approach designed to inspire visitors – and especially kids – to get more creative with veg.”
Interest in the cauliflower sheep has soared, even before the work of art has been created. There is even a Facebook campaign gathering pace to name the sheep with many tongue-in-cheek names after celebrities appearing all over the internet.
Feastival, supported by the Welsh Assembly, will take place in Bridgend Town Centre and offer food lovers the finest local produce as well as keeping the whole family entertained with food fun. Other alternative attractions at the event include leek lobbing and egg dropping, alongside the more usual food cinema, urban allotment, and cookery demonstrations. The sheep is not the only food art on show at the event, there will also be demonstrations throughout the day on intricate melon carving from Malaysian born food sculptor David Loh who recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.
Notes to Editors:- This project has received funding through the Rural Development Fund for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Feastival is sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government, Capital Region Tourism, Bridgend County Borough Council, Bridgend Festivals, Puffin Produce Ltd., Altern8media, The Really Welsh Food Company & May Gurney.
Altern8media, the crowd sourced ‘artvertising’ agency is a new Welsh based company that specialises in utilising artists and artistic platforms for clients throughout the UK. Tel: 08453 888028 www.altern8media.co.uk
For more information call 01656 815225.