If you’re a student at Swansea University on March 1st you will inevitably be wished ‘Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus’ by your Welsh ffrindiau (friends). Want to make the most of getting involved in the tradition? Here’s some ideas on how to make the most out of St David’s Day in Swansea.
Treat yourself to a Welsh breakfast
Had a heavy night and fancy something to make you feel more human? Or do you just fancy something more filling for your lunch? Get to student favourite Uplands Diner, where you can try their all-day full Welsh breakfast of fried bread, two smoked bacon rashers, 1 egg and a Welsh twist of cockles and fried laverbread (seaweed if you’re wondering. We have a lot of sea). Or if you’ve managed to roll out of bed feeling like a Celtic culinary god with the frying pans, pick up fresh cockles and laverbread from Swansea Market and cook up your own. There are plenty of easy tips and recipes available online (Try the Hairy Bikers’ recipe: http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/11782/cockles-laverbread-and-welsh-bacon)
Wear your daffodil with pride
Available in most shops, cafes and bars around the country at the moment (plenty on campus– try JC’s), every £1 donated for a daffodil goes towards Macmillan or Marie Curie Cancer Care so it’s an easy way to do your bit for charity.
Boys, you could even go wild and wear a leek (not a real one– they’re a pain to attach with a safety pin and you will just look dwp (stupid).
Order your coffee in Welsh
This week JC’s Student Union Bar have been offering free coffee upgrades if you order your usual hot beverage by asking:
Ga’ i goffi os gwelwch yn dda?
(Ga-ee- coffee os gweloo-chun tha?)
Visit Swansea Town Centre
The ultimate in Welsh sweet treats, no St David’s Day is complete without Welsh cakes. Again, Swansea Market is the place to go if you want the nicest in town (so The Siren believe). Today there are plenty of free activities going on including cookery workshops, arts and crafts and local delicacies available to try. At Castle Square, the Evening Post is also hosting their Get Welsh Festival with a Welsh produce market, crafts and Welsh delicacies as well as performers, actors and The Phoenix Choir. Great if you want to soak up a bit of atmosphere.
Mumbles St David’s Day: Cawl â Can
Live music, cawl stands (the ultimate in Welsh comfort foods: a warming stew traditionally made of Welsh lamb or beef, seasonal vegetables such as swede, leeks, carrot and potatoes and sometimes salted bacon) and Welsh celebrations in what promises to be a fantastic event to celebrate the day.
…Food and live music by the sea was always going to be a winner, right?
Fancy a pint?
SA Brains and Tomos Watkins should be included in your bar orders. If you fancy something a little stronger, treat yourself to a glass of deliciously smooth Penderyn whiskey.
Get involved on campus
Can’t be bothered to move? Fair enough. You don’t have to go far to be part of the celebrations if you just head to Swansea University’s campus today. In the Refectory from 10am until 5pm there will be the Rhyng-gol competition where you will include performances in the form of poetry, dancing and male/female voice choirs as well as JC’s open mic.
From 2pm onwards, there will be a special St David’s Day funfair followed by an after-party featuring Welsh bands and DJs and local beers provided by Tomos Watkins.
If that’s not making a day of it, I don’t know what is.
Just don’t blame me when you find your bag of 20 Welsh Cakes has been cleared in 2 minutes flat and you need someone to roll you back up Constitution Hill.
by Natalie Ann Holborow