The Fire Stage at Ludlow Food Festival. Photo Credit: Ashleigh Cadet
We can all look forward to the return of Ludlow Food Festival (Sept 10th-12th) - always a grand day out in the spectacular setting of Ludlow Castle.
This year's event promises to feature more than 180 different food and drink producers, food experts and top chefs, including Andy Link from the Riverside at Aymestry and Mark Harris from the Pheasant at Neenton.
Expect to find a wide range of top-quality food and drink producers from across the Welsh Marches.
After 2020’s offering had to be moved online due to the pandemic, this year’s Festival, in partnership with Wardington’s Original Ludlow Gin, returns to its usual setting in the heart of Ludlow.
The Castle grounds will be filled with exhibitors and vendors, demonstrations across three main stages, interactive talks, and tastings with different chefs and producers on each day.
Beyond that, there's a pop-up cookery school, food photography courses, wine and gin-tasting workshops.
The popular Fire Stage will take over the whole of the Inner Bailey, with plenty of space for those live demonstrations. There will also be two pop-up feasts: one by Marcus Bean of Brompton Cookery School, and another by the Fire Stage chefs who will come together to cook collaboratively and deliver a delicious feast.
The Fire Stage area will open later meaning revellers can enjoy a relaxed vibe with music by a DJ, relaxing by the Kadai firebowls.
A huge variety of produce will be available across the Festival, with visitors able to browse and shop across numerous stalls from bakers, chocolatiers, freshly churned ice cream, locally produced charcuterie, artisan cheeses, herbs and honey, through to unusual wines, crafted ciders and beers and more.
Sarit and Itamar of Honey & Co. said: “Our food journeys have taken us far and wide and finally bring us to Ludlow – which is known for its foodie culture. We are truly delighted to join the Food Festival this year, to be part of the conversations we love having and to share our memories and everything we have learnt from our travels chasing smoke around the Levant.”
Hannah James, Events Manager for Ludlow Food Festival, added: “It’s great to be back in action, in the grounds of Ludlow Castle, where we have been for almost all of the Festival’s history except when we moved online last year – a global pandemic has been the only thing to bring the Food Festival to a halt since it began.
“Visitors can be confident that we’re making our event Covid safe, in line with government regulations and in places going beyond what is required. We are looking forward to bringing visitors our usual mix of culinary excellence, with top names in the business, and the best of independent food producers. We cater to every taste and interest with a wealth of talks and demos for a perfect fun-filled adventure all centered around food.”
Ludlow Food Festival is open on Friday 10 September from 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 11 September from 10 am - 6:30 pm, and Sunday 12 September from 10 am - 5 pm.
One-day tickets only. For full ticket details and latest line-up see: www.ludlowfoodfestival.co.uk
1-Day ticket prices only:
For adults, £12
For children (aged 5-13), prices are £4
Under 5s are free
Ludlow Food Festival. Photo credit: Danny Griffiths