St Davids Day, cawl and caerphilly

Kim’s latest blog from Gorwydd: the history of St David’s day; Caerphilly and Llanddewi Brefi….

The 1st March has ben a national festival day in Wales for centuries as it represents the day the well respected Saint David died.

Originally to commemorate the day, gingerbread figures of a Welshman riding a goat were baked and consumed. Now days, people wear symbols of a leek or a daffodil(mostly because these are in season during the month of March) and on the menu throughout Wales is the national dish of cawl (soup/broth). This is a simple but delicious meal of lamb, potatoes, carrots, leeks and stock finished off with a topping of crumbled or diced caerphilly cheese slowly melting into the hot liquor.

The village of Llanddewi Brefi holds a tremendous amount of significance to the history of Saint David as it where he was said to have performed his most well known miracle (and makes for a good story!). At a church meeting in Llanddewi while Saint David was speaking to the gathered crowd complaints reached him form the back where people were struggling to see him let alone hear him. Upon learning this the ground beneath him began to slowly rise until a small hill formed to allow all who had come, to see him. It is now on this spot that the church of St. David now stands.

The landlady of the New Inn pub in LLanddewi, makes the biggest and most savoury pots of cawl rich in Gorwydd Caerphilly and has become the most popular destinations for the locals on St David’s day.


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