The Millennium Stadium is the setting for a campaign for Truly British, Truly Local food sourcing, which was launched last year by the Compass Group UK and Ireland, the stadium’s catering partner, and the famous British chef Gary Rhodes, is going to put Wales on the menu in a big way.
Head chef for the stadium, Gary Faulkner, is delighted with the whole idea. He says it will be a great thing for local food producers, and he intends to add a lot more Welsh ingredients to the stadium menu.
He mentioned, for example, a Boksburg soft blue cheese made in Carmarthenshire that will be used in a cobbler topping. He’s also planning a ‘signature’ Truly Welsh cheese board to be offered to hospitality customers at the stadium.
Faulkner came to Millennium Stadium from Madejski Stadium in Reading, where the VIP hospitality areas served at least 150 kilos of locally sourced cheeses and cooked meats. They also had 3,500 chocolate rugby balls made by Cariad Chocolates in Caerphilly, which turned out to be such a hit that the company is now getting orders from England.
The Truly Local campaign means that stadium menus will be featuring various selections of foods that come from farms and producers within a 50-mile radius of the venue, such as free range eggs, honey and sea salt from Aberystwyth, Brecon and Anglesey, respectively. Current orders for the Wales versus South Africa game include Black Bomber and Kid Me Not cheeses, Welsh pork, and a whole lot of chocolate rugby balls.