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Children celebrate St David's Day with traditional cawl
Children of Llanelli's Dafen CP School enjoyed a bowl of traditional Welsh Cawl on St David's Day
Tucking in ...Llanelli school children enjoying a bowl of Welsh Cawl on St David's Day

An impressive 18,000 bowls of traditional Welsh Cawl were dished up in Carmarthenshire schools on St David's Day, 1 March.

Carmarthenshire Catering Service helped children in the celebrations for their patron saint.

Children across the county tucked into the homemade meat or vegetarian soup, served with a bread roll and cheese.

The council's catering services manager said it was important to mark the "great occasion" with the meal.


"There's nothing better than a bowl of warm cawl to help get you in the spirit of St David's Day, and we know that it always goes down a treat with the children," said catering services manager Sandra Weigel.

"It's also a very good way to ensure children are getting their five-a-day - there's plenty of nourishment in a bowl of cawl."

Cawl is widely considered to be the national dish of Wales, with recipes dating back as far as the 14th Century.

The soup traditionally contains lamb or mutton, along with leeks, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and onions.

The dish was at one time cooked in an iron pot or cauldron over the fire, and was a thrifty way for families to use leftover vegetables from the rest of the week.

A range of activities and events celebrating St David's Day also took place in Swansea at the city's festival, including a concert by Rhydian Roberts, and the Automatic.

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