Saturday, 8 September 2012

A Taste of the Sea at Porthdinllaen

As I approach the village by sea, I can see the crowds in front of the Ty Coch
The picture postcard village of Porthdinllaen is amazing whichever way you approach it.  But by far the best way, is by sea.  And that is how I arrived at Porthdinllaen this afternoon, on my way to join the first Blas y Mor (Taste of the Sea) festival.

The event was organised the National Trust as part of the Llyn Coastal Festival and included seafood cookery demonstrations from local cooks Mary White, Selective Seafoods, Heather Jones, Gegin Grug, Nick Grimes and Russel Smith from the Woodlands Hall Hotel and Mel Thomas, Hafan Hire.

Other activities included beach games, free canoeing trips with Llyn Adventures, face painting and a fascinating exhibition about the area's rich seafaring history, provided by the Nefyn Maritime Museum.

I've visited Porthdinllaen hundreds of times over the years, but I don't think I've ever seen it so full of life.  After catching up with colleagues, family and friends - and sampling some of the cook's dishes - I paddled out to see the new Porthdinllaen Lifeboat, the John D. Spicer, on her mooring out in the bay, before heading for home.

Below are some photos of the event, and a video in Welsh of Coastal Ranger, Laura Jones.

Hundreds pack the beach in front of the the famous Ty Coch Inn

Russel Smith dishes out his tasty Cawl Cranc Llyn - Llyn Crab Soup.

Three happy members of the Llyn Visitor Services Team: Val, Steph and Joan, in front of the Ty Coch

A group of youngsters head off for their first taste of canoeing, with Llyn Adventures 
Ceidwad Arfordirol Llyn, Laura Jones yn siarad am gwyl Blas y Mor
(Video in Welsh only)


  1. Who were the other chefs coz you aint mentioned the other chef from woodlands hall

  2. Thanks for your comment. I'll find out who he was and will update the information.

  3. I've now updated the blog post with the other chefs. The other person I should have mentioned from Woodlands Hall was Nick Grimes, of course! Apologies for the oversight. Many thanks for your comment.

  4. Nowadays the best location for a beach party is when it is arranged at the beach or nearby a big pool yard.

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