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Discount at Mermaid Quay for Cardiff International Swimming Meet visitors
Are you competing in the Cardiff International Swimming Meet this weekend (Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May) or are you supporting any of the participants?
Don’t forget to take in the sights of Cardiff Bay while you are here and enjoy the restaurants, cafes, bars in Mermaid Quay - right on the waterfront.
Some of the venues are offering special discounts to anyone wearing a wristband. See below for details. Check back soon, as we will add more as the information comes available.
> Strada - Free dessert for everyone with a Mermaid Quay-sponsored CISM wristband.
> Zizzi - 20% off total food bill with Mermaid Quay-sponsored CISM wristband. Advisable to book in advance. Tel: 029 2046 2232
Offers subject to terms & conditions - check with individual venues for details. Offers not valid with any other promotion or discounts or vouchers.
> Bellini's - 20% of any main courses on A La Carte Menu with Mermaid Quay-sponsored CISM wristband.
Extreme Sailing Series
The adrenaline fuelled Extreme Sailing SeriesTM returns to Cardiff, on 19 to 21 June, as part of their 11 month global tour. Now a firm favourite on the Cardiff summer sports calendar, watch 8 of the world’s top sailing teams battle it out in Cardiff Bay over 3 days.
With Olympic heroes, America’s Cup winners and Round the World sailing legends going head-to-head, the award-winning Stadium Racing format provides exciting views of the racecourse from the waterfront and Barrage, while back on land there’s entertainment for everyone.
On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June the race village by the Norwegian Church will be bustling with activity including action packed entertainment, bar, food stalls and live music sessions.
Also don’t forget it’s Father’s Day that weekend… so why not watch the Extreme Sailing series and spend time with the family at Mermaid Quay? The diverse waterfront boasts a great mix of restaurants, bars, cafes and boutiques
Watch the racing between 2pm and 5pm across the 3 days, while the land entertainment will take place from 11:30pm to 6pm on the Saturday and Sunday only. For more information visit www.extremesailingseries.com and www.cardiff-festival.com
New Spring Set Menu at Strada
GBK launches new Spring/Summer menu
Summer is in the air (and on your plate) with the new Spring/Summer menu from Gourmet Burger Kitchen at Mermaid Quay.
Marvel at the tastiness of the Bacon Pesterella. Go east with the exotic Lamb Ma Goa. And get the beers in with a cooler than cool new selection of brews. Available now at GBK, Mermaid Quay.
View the menu and the new Junior menu here.
CARLUCCIO’S OPENS ITS DOORS IN MERMAID QUAY, CARDIFF BAY
Carluccio’s is now open in Mermaid Quay, after a very successful and fun launch night with Antonio Carluccio himself.
The second to launch in the capital of Wales, the new restaurant and foodshop brings the very best and true flavours of Italy to Cardiff Bay, just minutes from the city centre.
Serving freshly prepared Italian food and drink all day every day, Carluccio’s at Mermaid Quay has whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy it. From breakfast and brunches through to leisurely lunches, the new restaurant offers a modern approach to dining while staying true to its Mediterranean roots and recreating a busy, Milanese ambiance at Cardiff Bay.
THE CAFFÈ AND RESTAURANT
From communal tables creating a lively atmosphere to an outdoor seating area for waterfront views, this Carluccio’s has something for everyone. With minimum fuss and maximum flavour being the bread and butter of Antonio Carluccio’s recipes and seasonal menus, the dishes are classic Italian with a contemporary twist.
Starting with breakfast, from Carluccio’s Breakfast Magnifica (a choice of free range eggs with grilled smoky pancetta, sausage, sautéed mushrooms and toasted Italian bread, coffee or tea and a fresh juice) and Panettone (toasted slices of Italian fruit bread served with butter) to proper Italian coffees from one of Carluccio’s exclusive blends, Napoli or Milano, the genuine connections with Italy are shared seven days a week.
For sharing, there are a variety of small plates including Polpette (beef meatballs in tomato sauce) and Caprese Bites (skewers of Buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil), and for friends and families that like to graze in the sunshine there is the magnificent Grandioso, with everything from Milano and Ventricina salami and pancetta wrapped prawns to homemade focaccia and bruschettine. The Trio di Pasta offers a sharing selection of any three of the handmade pastas on the menu for only £22 – choices include the Lobster Spaghetti (lobster tossed in spaghetti with crab, fresh tomato, basil and chilli), Penne Giardiniera (Pugliese penne with courgette, chilli and fried spinach balls with Italian cheese balls) and Ravioli (homemade delicate ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta, served in the traditional way with butter and sage).
Other dishes include seasonal soups, fresh salads, fish and meat options, including the Tagliata di Manzo (sliced chargrilled rump steak, served with rocket leaves and shaved Parmesan, rosemary potatoes and tarragon mayonnaise) for two. A set menu is available and priced at only £10.99 for two courses with favourites such as Bruschetta and Milanese di Pollo (flattened chicken breast, bread-crumbed and fried with rocket and baby gem).
To finish, there is an extensive dessert menu that includes Tiramisù ai Frutti Di Bosco (homemade fruity tiramisu of mascarpone cream with light sponge, mixed berries and raspberry coulis), artisanal Italian gelato and refreshing sorbets.
Matching good food with good drink, enjoy craft beers, carefully selected Italian wines or an aperitivo, such as Peroni or Campari. The seasonal cocktail list is perfect for after-work drinks and escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, while the new brunch cocktails, including the Prosecco ‘Mimosa’ (a chilled bottle of Santa Sara Prosecco with sparkling orange on the side to individually mix), are the ideal pairings for a leisurely weekend brunch.
From lemon oils to chilli pesto, squid ink pasta to dried porcini mushrooms, honey cantucci to cappuccino truffles, as well as shelves of Italian wines, look no further than Carluccio’s foodshop. Jam-packed with specialist artisan products, packed to perfection and sourced from all over Italy, the store is not only great for gifts, but also a pit-stop for those heading home and searching for the perfect duo of pasta and sauce.
Last but not least, the homemade Carluccio’s picnic hampers are not to be overlooked, available to pre-order and collect in the restaurant. Keep an eye out in-store or on Carluccio’s website for more information about the events that take place at Mermaid Quay.
CARAMEL COCONUT FRAPPE AT CADWALDERS
NEW EXPRESS LUNCH MENUS AT BELLINI'S, SIGNOR VALENTINO AND SAN MARTINO
Bellini’s, Signor Valentino and San Martino have launched some great new express lunch menus.
There is something to suite everyones taste, with everything from Calamari Fritti, Insalata Ceasar, great pizzas and pastas and delicious deserts, you won't be fretting about where to go for lunch anymore!
View the new menus below.
Ar Waith Ar Daith at Wales Millenium Centre and Mermaid Quay
Thursday 26 March 2015 will see the launch of Ar Waith Ar Daith – a journey of Welsh myth and magic an epic artistic journey across the length and breadth of Wales to mark the 10th anniversary of Wales Millennium Centre, the national centre for the performing arts.
Created by outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, Ar Waith Ar Daith takes as its inspiration the history and mythology of Wales. It will encompass outdoor theatrical performances, street celebrations, pyrotechnics and procession.
At its heart is a symbolic cauldron, designed to hold the creative inspiration of artists, musicians, poets and storytellers from around Wales. Beginning in Caernarfon, through a partnership with Galeri, the town’s art centre, the cauldron will start a five month journey that will culminate in an outdoor spectacular at Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 12 September 2015. Along the way, three processions will symbolise the arrival of different gifts: the riches of the Sea, the Earth and the Land.
Come and join this incredible evening on Saturday 12 September at Wales Millenium Centre, Roald Dahl Plass and Mermaid Quay.
Mermaid Quay partners WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE RECEIVE A QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE
Wales Millennium Centre, partners of Mermaid Quay, is celebrating being named as winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise - the UK's highest accolade for business success. The Centre received the award for Sustainable Development.
The award is in recognition of Wales Millennium Centre's commitment to managing the organisation in line with the principles of Sustainable Development. The Centre holds close to its heart the importance of balancing the social, economic, and environmental aspects of the business so as to enable a sustainable approach to the delivery of culture in Wales. This award reinforces the Centre as a leader in sustainable development and recognises all members of the team for their contribution.
Mathew Milsom, Managing Director of Wales Millennium Centre said "I am immensely proud of the whole team for winning one of the highest honours a company can receive. It is a true recognition of how everyone working together can make a real difference to the people of Wales. Our positive impact can be felt on many levels - on the economy, the community, young people, culture, the environment and on tourism.
"This accolade recognises our ambitions of inspiring the nation by providing opportunities for all to engage with culture and the arts, showcasing Wales to the World by creating work within Wales and excelling in everything that we do. Not only this, it recognises our operational team's commitment to the highest standards of customer service and the maintenance of the iconic building itself."
Since opening, the Centre has exceeded all expectations, welcoming over 13.5 million people through its doors and contributes around £50 million into the local economy each year as well as supporting 1,000 jobs on site.
Wales Millennium Centre has remained true to its founding artistic vision To bring the best of the world to Wales and to showcase the best of Wales to the World and has built up a reputation amongst artists and producers as one of the world's leading centres of the performing arts. The Centre is a cauldron of creativity for the nation, transforming lives by extending horizons, particularly for young people. Since it first opened its doors it has already provided creative opportunities to over 200,000 children and young people. As well as this, the venue is located in one of the UK's oldest multi-cultural communities and is committed to working with diverse groups and grass roots level.
Part of the original ethos of the Centre was to be a hub for creativity and collaboration in the arts and is home to eight other diverse arts organisations - Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Dance Company Wales, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, T? Cerdd, Hinjinx, Literature Wales and Touch Trust (all charities). It also houses on its site Arts Council Wales. Relationships forged by these organisations have enabled them to work together to create a cultural village in the heart of Cardiff Bay.
It was the first independent arts centre in the UK to achieve the international environmental management standard ISO14001 and was a founding signatory of Welsh Government's Sustainable Development Charter. It is an exemplar venue which has achieved a great deal to reduce its environmental impact, and in 2012 won the much coveted award for Sustainability and Environmental Impact from the British Institute of Facilities Management against tough competition from leading FTSE 100 companies.
Wales' number one visitor attraction, the Centre was chosen as as Wales' National Treasure in 2014 by the people of Wales in the National Lottery's Good Causes vote on Lottery funded projects across the UK.
"This is the best theatre built in the world in the last 50 years" Lord Lloyd Webber
The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.
Made In Cardiff TV at MQ Music Fest 2015
On Sunday 12 April 2015, Made In Cardiff took over the MQ Music Fest 2015, with the final of the Quaynote Competition.
It was a fabulous day, with performances from the 6 Quaynote finalists.
Fingertrap took the prize, of a whole show on Made In Cardiff TV's flagship programme, What's Occurin' Cardiff?
Fingertrap comprises of 4 great performers:
Siôn Carver - Pianist and Lead Vocals - Hometown: Pontypridd
Frankie Allart - Drums - Hometown: Mountain Ash
Nick Savage - Bass Guitar - Hometown: Mountain Ash
Jimmy Parfitt - Lead Guitar - Hometown: Abercynon
Nick and Frankie grew up together and met Jimmy at comprehensive school and met Siôn in college. When Siôn, Nick and Frankie went on to study Music Technology at University of Glamorgan, they were required to write and perform a song as an assignment. The boys wanted to continue writing a music and starting FINGERTRAP. Jimmy was contacted to play guitar and started writting and performing since 2011.
Judges on the day included:
Matthew Frederick – Presenter of Stay Little Sessions
Andrew Shay – Presenter of Acapela Unsigned
Sian King – Presenter of Live at the Vaults
Rhian George – Made in Cardiff Editor
It was a great day, thank you to everyone involved and a bigcongratulations to all the Quaynote entrants.
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Mermaid Quay Music Fest 2015 - Made In Cardiff TV
Mermaid Quay Music Fest 2015 - Quay Note Competition - Made In Cardiff TV
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Romantic Royals visit Mermaid Quay
Britain's most romantic royals visited Mermaid Quay on Saturday 14 February.
They arrived in spectacular style in a Rolls Royce and were joined by the comedy paparazzi!
It was a great day at Mermaid Quay and we hope that everyone there enjoyed themselves.
Mermaid Quay & Made in Cardiff with Cadwaladers
Around Mermaid Quay with Made in Cardiff
Mermaid Quay & Made in Cardiff with Fabulous Welshcakes
Christmas 2014 Mermaid Quay
Christmas is better by the Water!
WIN A MEAL AT CARLUCCIO'S AND TICKETS TO THE BODYGUARD
Win a fabulous 3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of Sicani wine at the brand new Carluccio's Mermaid Quay, PLUS 2 tickets to see the award-winning musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard at Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 27 June at 7.30pm. You will also have access to the Centre's VIP lounge before the show and during the interval. The show stars three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, so don't miss your chance to win this great prize!
Just fill out the details below for your chance to win!
Draw closes at 5pm on Sunday 14 June.
Terms and Conditions:
- Prize consists of a 3 course meal with either a bottle Sicani wine, plus 2 tickets to The Bodyguard at Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 27 June at 7.30pm, with access to to the WMC VIP lounge pre show and during the interval.
- Carluccio's voucher can be redeemed within 3 months of the competition end date (subject to availability) and can only be used at Carluccio's Mermaid Quay.
- Subject to availability, booking at Carluccio's in advance is essential to redeem this voucher.
- Carluccio's will contact the winner to arrange reservation. Winners' details will be passed to Roche Communications to arrange the meal for two. Winner must give 48hrs advance notice of when they wish to redeem the meal.
- The meal is a complimentary three-course meal for two, including a bottle of Sicani wine to share. Meal must be booked in advance through Roche Communications.
- Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
- Entry into the prize draw is restricted to residents of postcodes: CF, NP, SA, BS, BA, GL, HR and WR.