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Roath Farmers Market

If you’re after fresh produce in Roath, the Farmers Market is the place to head to. Great prices, local producers – each week you’ll find up to 30 producers selling the best in fresh, local Welsh and organic food. Photojournalist Veronika Merkova went along to snap some of the treats on offer.

If you’re hungry, you’ll also find delicious home-made ‘world’ foods representing the diversity of Cardiff, from bread and cakes, fish and meat, flowers and fruit and veg, to farmhouse cheese and Welsh organic whisky – the first certified organic whisky in the world.

Roath Market

Every Saturday 9.30am – 1pm
Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street

CF24 3JW (opposite Gate Arts Centre)

Veronika says: “Visiting the farmers markets around Cardiff was a great experience as I found it an alternative that is needed. We have big chains and supermarket sourcing our food and we usually don’t know where they come from as well as the quality isn’t the best that we can get. I was very excited to see the range of vegetables and fruits that the farmers provide. The actual quality was amazing too and the taste was nothing like shopping from a super market. It is also a very nice feeling of supporting the local community. Both Roath market, even tho a little bit smaller, and Riverside market were full of stalls and lovely people that would be happy to tell you all about their product.”

See the full photoshoot at our Facebook page: We Are Cardiff – Roath Market photo gallery

More info: Roath Market




Roath Park short film, La Volonte, by Dylan Mears

Before Christmas we were contacted by a filmmaker called Dylan Mears. He’s currently doing his A-levels, but wanted to share a little film he’d made. I watched it and thought it would make the perfect inspiration for you to get outside and get active after Christmas indulgences!

The film is mostly set in Roath Park. Here’s what Dylan says about it:

“I’m from Cardiff, and since the age of three I’ve loved going to Roath Park Lake, hence why the majority of the film was shot there. I made the film after a very testing time of GCSEs, and my main objective with the project was to motivate people and offer the message that you take out what you put in this life.”

“I’m currently studying AS Economics, English, and Psychology at Fitzalan. Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere but mainly the natural beauties such as the dawn and dusk, and just the varying propensities in everyday people.”
Well good luck Dylan – and all of you budding filmmakers, writers, artists, airplane pilots, army cadets, teachers, opera singers – whatever it is you want to do, get out there and do it!
For my part (in case you think these are empty words), my life resolutions are to finish the g*& d%$&* novel I’ve been flapping about with the past two years and to blog more on my personal blog. And stop eating so much shite and exercise more. And call my parents more.
Good luck to us all!
Find our more about Dylan and his work:

“Chip shop chicken curry flavour…” – Emma

This week we have a chat with a Cardiffian who has made it through to the final of a competition to name a new Walker’s crisp flavour… how do you feel about chip shop chicken curry, eh? 

Walkers Do Us A Flavour finalist Emma G with her flavour Chip Sh


Q. Tell us about yourself

Emma. I was born in Cardiff in Heath Hospital, and I grew up mainly in Penylan until I was about seven and went to Marlborough Primary School. We had a lane behind our house which backed onto a lot of other kids houses so it was a fun time as there used to be a lot of other people to play with. I remember my dad teaching me to ride my bike down there which usually resulted in me falling off and being covered in cuts. I can ride a bike now though, just about.
We then moved to near Roath Park and I went to Cardiff High School. I probably wasn’t the best student but I loved high school.

My parents still live in this house and I’ve recently moved back in with them after about eight years. It’s quite odd trying to adjust to that but actually having food in the cupboards is a nice change.

My mum grew up in Cardiff with her brother and they both still live here, not far from each other. My dad’s father (my grandad) was a paratrooper so my dad moved around a lot when he was little to different army bases. I think he went to 11 different primary schools. He eventually went to live with his grandparents (I think he was about 10 or 11) on a farm just outside of Brecon until he went to Uni in Cardiff. Him and my mum met when they were working in a childrens home in Cardiff. I have one brother, David who also lives in Cardiff apart from the weekends when he stays with his girlfriend Becky in Newport.

Q. What do you think is the best thing about Cardiff?

Emma. Cardiff is like a big extended family. Everyone knows each other and you can’t really go too far from your door without bumping into someone. It’s also a nice size for a city, everything is pretty close and accessible… I would say within walking distance but I’m not big on walking anywhere.

Q. What are your current hobbies?

Emma. I’ve recently started doing pilates with one of my friends which is pretty relaxing, you can definitely feel it working your core though. And I really want to take up climbing once my dissertation is out the way. My dissertation is actually on climbing and has kinda inspired me. At the moment my dissertation has taken over my life, although I try and make time to see my friends. I can’t stay staring at a computer for too long.

Q. What’s your favourite Cardiff pub?

Emma. Hmmm that’s a tricky one. The three archers is my local and since moving back home I’ve been going there a lot more. It’s a really nice pub and the staff are really friendly. Other than that I probably go to the Claude the most, I worked there a very long time ago and I love the atmosphere and the interesting people who always have a story to tell. I was actually in there last night playing pool, I think I won once by default.

Q. Best place for a Cardiff breakfast?

Emma. It used to be Calcio’s on Crwys Road but I think that’s been gone a long time now. Cafe 37’s breakfast is definitely it’s replacement. The breakfast in there is awesome and good value. Also Salad Bar on Clifton Street does some really good breakfast baguettes.

Q. If you had friends visiting Cardiff for the weekend, where would you take them?

Emma. Definitely Roath Park, the fact you can be in the middle of a city and go and sit on a boat on the lake feeding the ducks is a pretty awesome thing, although I’m pretty scared of the swans. I took my friends daughter there not long ago to feed the birds and I ended up picking her up and running to safety. I don’t even think she was scared (she’s three).

The Vaults on Bute Street is probably another place. I love the idea of a club in a bank vault and I think everyone should experience it. They usually have some pretty good nights ran by Catapult Presents and Cellar Door each month

Q. Now, to the Walker’s competition – how did you end up entering?

Emma. I saw it advertised and thought I’d give it a bash. I entered last time they ran the competition so I thought why not enter again? I don’t think anyone really thinks about winning when they enter competitions. I’m still in shock from when I got the call. I’m not sure it will ever completely sink in.

Q. How hopeful are you of winning? And what will you do if you win?

Emma. Well it would be lovely to win but I don’t want to get carried away. I think there’s some really good ideas and all of the contestants are really lovely so I would be happy for whoever won. I think people have been quite shocked how well we all get on with each other. I need a new car as mine sounds like it’s going to explode and I would like to do something for my friends … I think a night out somewhere is in order… They have been campaigning for me so I think it’s the least I can do. Other than that I’m not really too sure right now. I’m trying not to think about it too much. The concept is pretty surreal to be honest.


Emma Garnett is a student at the University of South Wales. She currently lives in Roath. You can follow her on twitter @chikeree or via her Facebook page; ‘chip shop chicken curry for the win

Project Cardiff – new exhibition at Milkwood Gallery

Marc Thomas photographed for Project CardiffA new exhibition featuring the work of We Are Cardiff photographer Lann Niziblian is launching this weekend at the Milkwood Gallery, Roath.

The exhibition will feature portraits from Lann’s Project Cardiff – ‘a portfolio of photographs of people how have been identified as making a positive contribution to the creative life and soul of the city.’

A selection of the images has previously been shown at the Senedd and they will now hang in the Milkwood Gallery from 2-24 February.

Exhibition Dates: 2 – 24 February 2013
(Private View: 2 February 2013 from 6.00pm)

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: Milkwood Gallery, 41 Lochaber Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3RU

Image is Marc Thomas, Editor of Plastik Magazine, with thanks to photographer Lann Niziblian.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else” – Matt


I didn’t really know Cardiff despite growing up only half and hour away in Pontypool. I don’t remember coming here as a child apart from the odd Christmas shopping trip. I was well into my thirties before anyone took me to Roath Park.

Newport became the usual night out of choice for most of my friends, but there was a small group of us who’d stay on the train. Safer in Cardiff, quieter than Newport and more exciting – our first taste of Brains in the Park Vaults followed by the Philharmonic and chicken curry off the bone. Or long days in the Old Arcade to watch the rugby before missing the train home.

Cardiff was abuzz by the time I got back from a uni stint up north and started working here in 1996. You couldn’t pick up a paper without reading ‘the eyes of the world will be on Cardiff’ for something or other. There was a palpable air of anticipation about the city.

We had European Summits, referenda, a barrage and our first five star hotel, the Millennium Stadium and Centre, a Rugby World Cup, FA Cups, water taxis and cranes everywhere. It felt like just as one major event finished, another was revealed. Even London newspapers proclaimed Cymru was Cool – no need to tell us, we were living it.

It also awakened my Welshness. It was not something I’d been conscious of growing up in the Eastern Valley and I didn’t hear the language in daily use until I worked in Cardiff. But there was so much to be proud of from the city and the nation. I was signed up to Welsh lessons within the year.

This excitement of being in a city on the rise was what I loved about it, what made me want to live in the thick of it as 99 became 00.

I moved into my first Cardiff flat in the first week of the new millennium. Three storeys above High Street, I saw the city transformed in five years.

I had a bird’s eye view of the city. It was the explosion of St Mary Street – of minibuses decanting already drunks at the top end so they can work their way down towards the train home at the bottom. I’ve seen women fighting in their WRU pants and shop doorways used for everything you can imagine. And I’ve suffered through raging hangovers as a full military band – complete with goat – troops past at nine o’clock on a Sunday morning.

Then there were whole nights, sitting out on the roof of the building with best friends, laughing until the sun came up with a soundtrack of sirens, singing drunks and Cardiff Castle’s peacocks. All the while drinking so much rum that we couldn’t climb back down and through the window to get back into the flat.

I lived in an area not much bigger than a couple of hundred square metres for years – flat on High Street, office on the Hayes, more than enough proper old pubs in between, Cardiff Market and the arcades for shopping.  I’d go three weeks without needing to get in a car.

One of the best parts of it was discovering the lively little community that shares that area – the people who work in the arcades and the pubs, who fill up the coffee shops in the days and the lesser-known late night bars in the night.

In the thick of it all at home, I’ve also been lucky enough to be involved through my job in a lot of the most exciting Cardiff events of the last ten years – from the opening of hotels and bars through a first Grand Slam in 27 years to the launch of the St David’s shopping centre.

As I turned 30 I left city centre life for a few years among the leafy streets of Pontcanna before finally landing in Roath five years ago.

Roath’s been a revelation – from the obvious walks round the lake and pints in the Albany to discovering Allen’s Bakery or that you can eat in at Troy. It’s everything I love about Cardiff concentrated into one small area.

I felt immediately at home in Cardiff and after my first decade, can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love that it’s a city you can walk across in half and hour, mostly through parks if the mood takes you. I love its creativity, friendliness, informality and that more often than not, it feels like the capital village of Wales.

Matt Appleby works as a PR consultant in Cardiff and can be found at www.about.me/mattappleby. He’s on the team that set up www.roathcardiff.net , helps out with Cdfblogs and writes a food blog www.easyteas.co.uk. He’d like to solve Cardiff’s public transport difficulties by reopening the canals and launching a singing gondola service. He currently lives in Roath.

Matt was photographed in Roath by Lann Niziblian