REGION’S PRODUCERS ARE GEARING UP FOR BUSY LUDLOW FOOD FESTIVAL.
World famous festival takes place 11th -13th September
Preparations are well underway for the 21st Ludlow Food Festival, which takes place Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September in and around Ludlow Castle. Nearly 200 food producers from across Shropshire and The Marches will be attending the event.
The castle will be brimming with dedicated artisans and vendors selling everything from soft shell crab to chilli plants. With cheeses, meats, wine, preserves, bread, cakes and confectionary to name a few, there will be something to suit everyone’s taste buds. Luckily there will also be a shopping crèche where you can safely stow your purchases for a small donation to charity.
The festival is once again attracting top chefs and food personalities all eager to cook for the crowds expected over the three days. On Friday celebrity chef Marcus Bean has pulled together a team of culinary superstars including Cyrus Todiwala OBE and Jon Gay, Head Chef at Jimmy’s Farm.
The festival will also see the very welcome return of Shaun Hill, the legendary chef who helped put Ludlow on the food map. As well as rising stars such as Suree Coates who has just been included in the new 2016 Good Food Guide.
With ‘Bake Off Fever’ sweeping the nation once more you can get your fix by seeing not one but two previous favourites, last year’s finalist Luis Troyano and 2013’s Howard Middleton. Both will be meeting fans and signing copies of their new books.
There will be lots to see, do and of course taste across the three days with the famous ale, sausage and bread trails certain to sell out quickly.
Ludlow is also lucky enough to have a world-class exhibition in town during the food festival. The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year exhibition can be seen at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms a minute’s walk from the castle and entry is completely free.
Children will love the festival with lots of free activities just for them. Always popular is the circus skills tent while they can get hands on with cookery sessions, fun workshops and learn more about farming with the NFU. Children will also be able to pick up fun activity booklets and Let’s Sow Seeds pack so visitors can try their hand at growing a variety of salad leaves in their own home.
Adults too will be spoilt for choice. When you’ve finished browsing the stands you can enjoy the free Talks and Tastings area or Brompton Cookery School’s free pop-up taster sessions. If you want to immerse yourself in a more hands-on culinary experience then the great value master classes and Taste Workshops start from just £5.00 per person.
Full details including the downloadable 2015 programme can be found on the food festival’s website www.foodfestival.co.uk You can also buy your tickets in advance with adult prices from £8.50 and family tickets £20.00.
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