The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales for over a century, since its formation in 1904.

Today our work includes providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities, and the organisation and staging of our ever-popular society events; the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, the Royal Welsh Show  and the Winter Fair.

SMALLHOLDING AND COUNTRYSIDE FESTIVAL

Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys. LD2 3SY

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Smallholding & Countryside Festival on the 21st & 22nd May 2022.

SHOWGROUND

The 150 acre Royal Welsh Showground is open all year round. We host an array of exciting events set against the spectacular views of the Welsh countryside.

The Showground boasts many different venues catering for a variety of occasions such as weddings, business meetings, conferences, concerts, exhibitions and much more.

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales for over a century, since its formation in 1904.

Today our work includes providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities, and the organisation and staging of our ever-popular society events; the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, the Royal Welsh Show  and the Winter Fair.

The RWAS Welsh Food Enterprise Award is a new annual award in memory of the late Mr Bill Ratcliffe OBE FRAgS who was associated with the Society for upwards of 60 years and was a director for over 30 years. One of his key interests was food, particularly those farm businesses that have diversified and developed markets and outlets to sell their produce directly to consumers.

The new annual award for the Best Welsh Food and Drink Producer/Seller Exhibiting at the Royal Welsh Show, was announced in yesterday’s awards ceremony (19th July 2022). The Society are delighted that both of Mr Ratcliffe’s sons, Alistair and Anthony, were able to join the awards ceremony and have judged this year’s competition with Mr Gareth Roberts, Society Board Member.

This year’s show has been the first opportunity to judge the new competition. Judging took place on the first day of the Show, with a total of nineteen businesses entering the competition. The winners of the RWAS Welsh Food Enterprise Award for 2022 is Mon ar Lwy – Taste of Anglesey.

Mon ar Lwy – Taste of Anglesey, is a small business on Anglesey that have diversified their farming business and now create luxury dairy ice creams on the farm using jersey milk and Welsh cream.

Founder and owner of the business, Helen Holland was a teacher for 35 years and diversified the farm fourteen years ago after the bereavement of her father. This year they are using top-quality jersey milk from a newly established herd on Anglesey. Helen described how they use the best produce to create the best products, the jersey milk is like ‘liquid gold’.

Commenting on becoming the first business to win the award, Helen said “We are over the moon. It is such a great boost after the last three years post-pandemic.” Helen is thankful for the return of the Royal Welsh Show, being a regular trader for the past fourteen years.

The Society acknowledges with grateful thanks to the sponsorship of the Award by Mr Alistair Ratcliffe and Mr Anthony Ratcliffe and families.