Maggie's Exotic Foods
“We are thrilled to welcome Maggie’s Exotic Foods to Discover Delicious. We are firm believers that food should be fun, and this is exactly what Maggie injects into her delicious range of unique homemade sauces, spices and chutneys. A flavour like no other, Maggie’s Exotic Foods creates a blend of African tastes, recipes and tradition mixed with delicious Welsh ingredients, and we simply adore the end result and hope you will, too!”
Based in the picturesque village of Penygroes, surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia countryside, Maggie’s Exotic Foods operates from the village pub, The Red Lion. An area steeped in rich heritage and culture, Maggie’s Exotic Food’s roots stem deep from African soil and have been passed down through generations of highly skilled and gifted culinary masters – or cooks as they called themselves!
Maggie is passionate about food and creating delicious and memorable recipes, and her influences flow from her mother and Nain (grandmother in Welsh), who each shared a passion for the flavours and great tastes of a range of different cuisines, including West Indian, Caribbean, Indian and Mediterranean, to name but a few. Maggie’s qualifications, like her mother’s before her, stem not only from her natural talent and passion for food and cooking, but are also informed by her time studying at College under the guidance of experienced chefs.
In addition to her dedication for producing the highest quality, authentic homemade produce, Maggie is also committed to the support of local producers, using many local ingredients in her products, bringing a unique Welsh influence to her exotic sauces and spice mixes. From Maggie’s kitchen to yours – enjoy!
In order to escape the civil war that was occurring in their country, a young couple find themselves in Britain, where they eventually give birth to their first baby girl. Although Displaced, they remember their roots and give their precious baby girl a native name, which translated means ‘Queen of the Land’.
Many years later this Queen also finds herself away from the familiar place that she was raised in and in an attempt to recreate some of the familiar tastes that she was brought up with, she sits back and imagines…then experiments with different flavours and textures, and from time to time, hits an absolute gem of a dish! This was the birth of Maggie’s Exotic range of sauces, spices, food, and more…
"I am committed to providing products of the highest quality and therefore the ingredients I use are sourced from local providers - mainly those in Gwynedd- wherever possible. The result is an end product that meets my exacting standards!"
Maggie Ogunbanwo, Founder and Sauce Queen