Workhouse in a Ferment!
Fermented food and drink will feature at Open Doors, this year’s Heritage Open Day at Llanfyllin’s
historic Workhouse. Fermentation has long been used as a means of preserving or leavening
consumables as well as providing them with that extra kick. Demonstrations at the Food Fair on
Sunday, 17 September will focus on fermented products, including of course beer but also sourdough bread, sauerkraut and kefir – a fermented milk drink from the Caucasus Mountains. Visitors can find out how to make them and use them. There will also be free tastings from the event’s sponsors, Spar Llanfyllin, and a whole range of products to buy and sample from exhibitors including Treflach Farm, Big Hand Brewing, Boozey Belles, Dairy Dreams, The Green Goat Café, Siwgr a Sbeis, Little Fudge Box, Tanat Valley Preserves, Something Tasty, Parveen Nazar and others yet to confirm. The RSPB and Dolen Fermio will illustrate their own contributions to the food chain. The Matron’s Kitchen Café will be open too.
Alternating with the food demos will be performances from Teulu: young singers, musicians and
cloggers from Dolanog with a growing reputation. Cabaret artistes Café Lola will perform at 4.00 and local harpist John Browne will play throughout the day. Other senses will be catered for: a retrospective of works by the distinguished artist and engraver Margaret Bryan and Llanfyllin’s Bob Guy in Oriel Y Dolydd will provide a feast for the eye. Open Studios will include JH Leather and the Nearleigh Works model railway workshop as well art and textile studios. Weather permitting there will be a bouncy castle for the children.
Llanfyllin Workhouse is one of the finest examples in Britain and the only preserved workhouse in
Wales. There will be guided tours to explain its history and the Workhouse History Centre, created with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, with its highly praised film ‘Ghosts of the Workhouse’ will be open as usual. Visitors will be able to see the progress made by volunteers in conserving the building as a community enterprise for arts education, environment and heritage, relax in the developing Sensory Garden and learn about plans for the Master’s House, now the subject of a major appeal which will benefit from the proceeds of the day. Open Doors is coordinated by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service: entry and parking are free and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Further information for editors from:
The Llanfyllin Dolydd Building PreservationTrust