It’s the biggest day of the Welsh calendar: St Davids Day - March 1st.

In celebration of Dewi Sant or St David, the patron saint of Wales, the whole country is swathed in red, white and green and either a leek or daffodil is worn with huge pride.

No more so than in the city of St Davids or ‘Glyn Rhosyn, the small hamlet where Dewi established a monastery on the site of the now St Davids Cathedral.

St Davids Cathedral

A whole weekend of celebrations are planned for the city including a pilgrims walk from St Non’s Chapel, where St David is said to have been born during a violent storm, the Bishops’s Blessing at Cross Square and the Dragons’ Parade from Oriel y Parc where hundreds of school children take to the streets with their handcrafted dragons. Take a look at the packed programme.

Dragon parade St Davids

In the south of the county Saundersfoot is holding its annual St Davids Food and Craft Festival. The highlight of the weekend is the Cawl Cooking Championship of the World and Elsewhere, where restaurants compete to produce the best dish of Cawl judged on the taste test by the public.

Cawl? (pronounced cowell as in Simon Cowell!) It’s consider to be the national dish of Wales and is a bit like soup or broth. It dates back to the 14th Century, traditionally eaten in the winter months and made from lamb and root vegetables including, of course, leeks; it’s delicious.

Loulou _Cawl _HR-2

If you can’t make it to Wales for St Davids Day, try making a bowl of cawl at home. Lou Lou’s Cafe in Newport is known for its cawl and chef Louise has shared her secret recipe for a really tasty bowl of Wales’ national dish. Enjoy.

Happy St David's Day /  Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) hapus

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