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Help yourself to some of these local delicacies.

AN INITIATIVE which help North Wales producers add value to their food and craft products, has launched an awareness campaign urging shoppers to buy local in 2016.

The Cywain project, financed by Food and Drink Wales, emphasised the huge array of quality products on the region's doorstep such as the Lost Sheep Company (see left) As well as lower food miles, buying local also benefits the local economy and consumers' pockets, said Nia Mon, Cywain's development manager.

"When you buy local, the money stays local," she said.

"For every PS1 spent locally, more than 60% goes into the local economy. It helps farmers maintain their farms, and the producers to keep on producing their fantastic products. " | Here's some local products to get you started, Y Cwt Mwg BRAND new packaging was launched for Christmas for the company's fish, meat and cheese products, all wood-smoked on Anglesey.

Y Cwt Mwg is a family-run business that has its own kiln smokery. Only oak and other hardwoods are used and, where possible, all the fish is locally sourced.

Artificial colourings, flavouring or preservatives are all banned.

The company also makes own range of goats cheese, from soft to hard.

Mostyn Kitchen Garden THIS spectacular 18th century walled kitchen garden - now restored - is home to a range of products that have been grown, picked and preserved within the grounds of Mostyn Hall, Flintshire.

Preserves Its extra fruity jams, pickled chillies, chutneys and honey have all been produced to organic principles.

The two-and-a-half acre kitchen garden is home to more than 200 different crops, some of which are earmarked for limited edition preserves.

Pick of the bunch are Old fashioned Crab Apple Jelly and traditional Runner Bean Chutney.

Barcut Rose Veal VEAL is a low fat meat that is produced to the highest welfare standards by two farming families that live next door to each other in Llangernyw, Denbighshire.

Veal steaks Their animals deliver beautifully pink meat thanks to the fresh water and natural food that's added to their diet.

O'r Maen CHEESE simply tastes better with these artisan-baked wholemeal digestive biscuits.

They are made from wheat grown in the Conwy valley by local farmer Emyr Hughes and baked by his friend Anthony Griffiths.

And they now have a chocolate version - perfect for dunking in a warming cuppa.

Castell Gwyn Cheese JACKIE Whittaker from Conwy produces a limited amount of her St Tudno artisan Camembert cheese, so get it while you can.

Developed at the Food Technology Centre on Anglesey, the cheese is still new to the market - it won silver at its first attempt at last year's International Cheese Awards, Nantwich.

"The cheese I make is very different to processed cheese," said Jackie. "It takes time to make it, from collecting local milk to turning each basket many times" Welsh Luing Beef THIS rare breed beef is bred on the Hiraethog mountains near Cerrigydrudion, where they graze the mountain heather and grass to create delicious, sweet tasting meat with natural marbling.

How about a beautiful Welsh Luing Beef rib with some Welsh Luing Chilli sausages on the side? Treddafydd Organic A NEWLY branded range of preserves made from homegrown fruit and veg produced on an organic smallholding in Llithfaen on the Llyn Peninusla.

Sharon and Vince Mears grow seasonal produce including soft fruit and vegetables, on the south slopes of the Eifl.

They are Soil Association certified and offer jams, chutneys and cordials. Their lemon curd has the deepest yellow, while their Fiery Rhubarb Chutney offers an extra bit of spice.

Conwy Goat Meat NATURALLY lean, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, goat meat has fewer calories than other meats and it is easier to digest.

Roast goat It is already the world's most popular meat, eaten by 70% of the world's population, and now it's available from a family farm perched high above the Conwy Valley.

Beri Da BERI Da had quite a year in 2015.

In its first year in production, the company landed an order from Selfridges and won two major awards - a Gold Star Great Taste Award and Product of the Year at the Royal Welsh Show.

Its products are made from hand-picked "superfood" Aronia berries grown on the foothills of Snowdonia.

New this season is its Raw Aerona Fruit Berry Vinegar, and Winter Chutney.

Bathing Beauty GEORGINA Jones founded her "supernatural" skincare company after a sleep-walking accident ended her modelling career.

After retraining as an osteopath, and opening a clinic in Ruthin with husband Simeon, she set up Bathing Beauty in a Victorian cart shed in the foothills of the Clwydian Range.

Skincare Bathing Beauty's products are made in house from organically home-grown, wild-harvested or fair trade ingredients.

Her first lotion was designed to cure her son's chronic eczema, and she now offers a range of products for the Allergy and Free From markets.

New products include a men's grooming kit and "vegan" makeup brushes".

Mermaid Seafood NEED to replenish your Omega 3? This Llandudno company stocks locally caught fish, and can now guarantee a supply of North Wales crab and lobster.

It is a family-run business that scours the seas off North Wales for the best fish and seafood.

Celtic Honeysmith: NEWLY named in 2015, the Ruthin honey outfit offers a range of honey-based products.

As well as raw honey, Brian Dacre also offers all kinds of luxury items, from gin and honey lemon marmalade to pickled onions with honey.
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