When is a café not a café? When is a meeting room not a meeting room? When is a vegetarian restaurant the place to go for sumptuous meat dishes?
The answer is ‘when it’s a popup’. A stylish little cafe on a main road can close its doors at five and reopen an hour later as a little haven of French provincial cooking. A bland ‘co-working space’ can seduce you with spicing and seasoning you’ve never met before. A meat-free restaurant can turn itself over to fragrant bowls of noodles and long-braised meats.
All over Wales, venues which lie dormant in the evenings are springing into life – from coffee shops to castles; they’re reinventing themselves in a riot of flavour which truly reflects the diverse nation we are now. Pan-African, pan-Asian, classical French, Spanish, Keralan, Thai, Malaysian, Mexican, Italian… it’s hard to name a cuisine that isn’t represented, and it’s equally hard to resist the thought that this reflects the country we are – and its food – more accurately than established restaurants can.
Here are some of our featured venues in Wales – we hope that anyone keen to give their passion some expression, will find many willing partners from this list. Or if you’re after further information on the venue for the event you’re looking to attend, simply give them a click.