Ludlow Food Festival

Five Minutes with Lee Watson

Five Minutes with Lee Watson

Lee is the author of the vegan cookbook 'Peace and Parsnips' and one half of the presenting team of 24 Hour Kitchen's 'Meat vs Veg'. A food adventurer who travels the world 'veganizing' local dishes, combining two of his main passions, travel and cooking. Based in rural North Wales, Lee cooks at Trigonos, an idyllic retreat centre and organic vegetable farm. Home is with his partner Jane in the Beach House, from where he writes the blog 'The Beach House Kitchen,' focusing on local, seasonal produce given a regular global twist. Take five minutes with Lee as look forward to the weekend

Five Minutes With Beca Lyne-Pirkis

Five Minutes With Beca Lyne-Pirkis

Cook, Food writer and TV presenter - all thanks to a certain baking programme! Beca became known and loved on the 2013 series of 'The Great British Bake Off' as the Welsh Military wife with a serious talent for baking – baking which has formed a huge part of Beca's life thanks to her parents and grandmothers in Wales. As a result of reaching the semi-finals, the hobby is now a career, with Beca having her own TV series called 'Becws' on S4C. Take 5 minutes with Beca as we look forward to the weekend. 

Five Minutes with Elly Curshen

Five Minutes with Elly Curshen

We can't wait to welcome Elly Pear to the Wots Cooking stage at this year's Ludlow Food Festival. Elly is owner of Bristol’s 'Pear Café,' better known as Elly Pear and author of Sunday Times bestseller, 'Fast Days and Feast Days.' Take five minutes with Elly as we look forward to the Festival. 

Five Minutes With Rachel Roddy

Five Minutes With Rachel Roddy

Rachel Roddy is from near London, but has lived in Rome, in Testaccio, for nearly 13 years now, with her Sicilian partner and little boy. She writes a weekly column for The Guardian called Kitchen sink tales. She has also written for the The Financial Times, Olive magazine, The Telegraph, Food52, Food and Wine and The Spectator.  Her first book Five Quarters: Recipes and notes from a Kitchen in Rome was published by Saltyard Books and was awarded the Andrè Simon Memorial fund food book award 2105. Her second book is called Two Kitchens; she is currently working on her third book. Take 5 minutes with Rachel as we countdown to the Festival this weekend. 

 

5 Mins with Karl Martin from Old Downton Lodge

5 Mins with Karl Martin from Old Downton Lodge

Karl is Chef/Patron of the 3 AA Rosette 'Old Downton Lodge' Restau rant with Rooms, nestled deep in the hills just outside Ludlow. Under Karl's leadership, the accolades keep coming, with not only the rosettes which put Old Downton in the top 10% of restaurants in the country, but a place in the 2017 Michelin Guide. Discover more in our 'Five Minutes With' blog series....

Five Minutes With Reuben Crouch

Five Minutes With Reuben Crouch

Reuben has been a part of the Shropshire food scene for many years, having had his own speciality oil shop in Ludlow before becoming General Manager of Ludlow Food Centre and then a Director of Hobsons Brewery.

Now he and his three brothers - Ben, Adam and Josh - run the hugely popular 'CSONS' which this year took over the iconic 'Green Cafe' in Ludlow, which along with their original Shrewsbury Restaurant champions "Locally Sourced, Globally Inspired" food and drink. Discover more in our 'Five Minutes With' blog series.....

Wenlock Spring - British spring water with provenance, style and sustainability

Wenlock Spring - British spring water with provenance, style and sustainability

Wenlock Spring has built a reputation over the last 29 years for providing premium quality spring water. The independent, second-generation family business is based near Church Stretton in Shropshire and they are custodians of the Wenlock Spring water source that has been in use since 1086. Discover more about our Festival sponsors in our latest blog. 

Five Minutes with Hanna Sillitoe

Five Minutes with Hanna Sillitoe

We can't wait to welcome Hanna Sillitoe - Radiant of My Goodness Recipes to the Food Festival on 8th September. Hanna cooks with a huge variety of plant based foods, and focusses on healing skin from within. Learn more about her inspirational journey on her website, My Goodness Recipes. Take five minutes with Hanna as we look forward to the Food Festival.

Five Minutes with Thomasina Myers

Five Minutes with Thomasina Myers

Thomasina was winner of BBC MasterChef in 2005. She is a cook and food writer whose work has ranged from cheese-making and running market stalls in Ireland, cheffing with Skye Gyngell at Petersham Nurseries to co-founding the restaurant group Wahaca, winner of numerous awards including OFM’s cheap eats, SRA’s most sustainable restaurant group three years running and her most recent accolade, Tommi was named the Peach 2020 icon of 2017. Take 5 minutes with Thomasina as we look forward to the Ludlow Food Festival.

Five Minutes with Howard Middleton

Five Minutes with Howard Middleton
We're delighted to welcome Howard Middleton back to Ludlow following the success of 'Bake in Time' last year and delighted he'll be also doing a demo on the Sunday with Wots Cooking as well as signing his book in the Aardvark Books & Café Festival Bookshop. Take five minutes with Howard as we look forward to the Festival. 
 

Five Minutes with Romy Gill

Five Minutes with Romy Gill

Romy opened her 'Romy’s Kitchen' in Thornbury, Bristol in 2013 - one of the few female Indian Chef/Owners on the UK restaurant scene, and was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list in 2016. Discover more in our 'Five Minutes With' blog series.

Five Minutes with Ellis Barrie

Five Minutes with Ellis Barrie

Ellis Barrie is the award winning Chef/Owner of 'The Marram Grass,' Anglesey. We are thrilled that Ellis will be joining us on Friday 7th September to demo on the Graeme Kidd stage. He gave us five minutes of his time to tell us more. 

Spotlight: Wenlock Spring

Spotlight: Wenlock Spring

Wenlock Spring is a family business which commenced bottling water in 1989 and since this date the central focus has been to produce a high quality premium water, sourced responsibly and packaged in an environmentally conscious way. The company has sponsored a number of events this weekend as well as having an exhibitor stand. We interviewed Director, Matthew Orne to find out more....

Exhibitor Spotlight: Woods Brewery

Exhibitor Spotlight: Woods Brewery

This year, Woods Brewery will be occupying the famous Moat at Ludlow Castle with a rather special celebration of their Shropshire Beers. We caught up with Managing Director, Stephen O'Neill, to find out more. 

Thrive Renewables: a vision for a more sustainable future

Thrive Renewables: a vision for a more sustainable future

Thrive Renewables connects people to sustainable energy. At a time when the Ludlow Food Festival is striving to be the most environmentally friendly, sustainable and zero waste food festival in the UK, we could not be happier to have this innovative organisation as one of our key sponsors.

 

It's a Latte Throwdown with Hundred House Coffee

It's a Latte Throwdown with Hundred House Coffee

Make sure you book yourself on to one of our Coffee Masterclasses at this year's Food Festival, because they are going to be something special. They are hosted this year by the formidable and creative expert roasters, Hundred House Coffee. We caught up with them to find out more....

5 Minutes with Philip Lymbery

5 Minutes with Philip Lymbery

For 25 years Philip Lymbery has worked extensively on animal welfare issues, wildlife and the environment. He is a recognised thought leader, his lectures taking him across the globe to meet and exchange ideas with like minded specialists, experts and individuals. We had 5 minutes with him in readiness for the Ludlow Food Festival...

Behind the Scenes: Wots Cooking

Behind the Scenes: Wots Cooking

We would not be able to run Ludlow Food Festival without the Wots Cooking team. We caught up with Katie to find out more about their close relationship with the Ludlow Food Festival. Read more in our latest blog. 

5 Minutes With Steve Benbow

5 Minutes With Steve Benbow

In 1999 Steve Benbow decided he wanted to keep bees in Central London only he lived on the 6th story of an ex-council block near Tower Bridge. And so London Honey Company was born. Steve joins us in September and gave us 5 minutes of his time to tell us more about himself.

Celebrating Cheese with Martin Moyden

Celebrating Cheese with Martin Moyden

The Moyden’s Cheese team have been exhibiting with Ludlow Food Festival for over 10 years now and will be back with us again this year in what promises to be an incredible year for cheese lovers. We spoke to Martin Moyden to find out more about his family business and what you can expect when you find him in September.

Talks & Tipples: Henry Mackley and Simeon Hudson-Evans

Talks & Tipples: Henry Mackley and Simeon Hudson-Evans

Ably assisted by Simeon Hudson-Evans, Henry Mackley will be talking you through some of England's greatest territorial cheeses in his Talks & Tipples on Sunday 13th May. 

Talks and Tipples: Shropshire Salumi

Talks and Tipples: Shropshire Salumi

Who doesn't want to taste great cured meat and wine made with love by Shrophsire Producers? We caught up with Will Macken of Shropshire Salumi to find out what we can expect when he comes to the Spring Festival this year...

Iron & Fire Speciality Coffee Roaster is among the Great Taste winners of 2017

Iron & Fire Speciality Coffee Roaster is among the Great Taste winners of 2017

Iron & Fire Speciality Coffee Roaster is among the Great Taste winners of 2017. Discover more here...

In Conversation with Rayeesa Asghar-Sandys

In Conversation with Rayeesa Asghar-Sandys

Rayeesa's Indian Kitchen is Herefordshire's first and only authentic Indian Cookery School, set in the peaceful and tranquil setting of a 15th Century farmhouse kitchen. Learn from Rayeesa Asghar-Sandys, who is passionate about sharing her love of Indian food with others. 

Discover Chock Shop

Discover Chock Shop

Discover the delicious Chock Shop at this year's Ludlow Food Festival. 

Deliciously, Moorish Nibbles: Discover Oak Apple Cheese Nibbles

Deliciously, Moorish Nibbles: Discover Oak Apple Cheese Nibbles

Whether it be a simple pleasure, an accompaniment to a cheese board, or the basis to a garnished canape at a dinner party Oak Apple’s Cheese nibbles are simply essential. Find out more about Oak Apple Catering in today's blog. 

Discover The Special Cider Company at this year’s Ludlow Spring Festival

Discover The Special Cider Company at this year’s Ludlow Spring Festival

The Special Cider Company officially launched this year and is going from strength to strength. We are thrilled to welcome them to the Ludlow Spring Festival for the very first time. Discover more in our latest blog.  

Blending Tradition & Innovation | Oliver's Cider

Blending Tradition & Innovation | Oliver's Cider

A story of innovation, friendship and great cider. Discover Oliver's Cider at this year's Spring and Food Festival. 

The Story of Harry's Milkshakes

The Story of Harry's Milkshakes

Discover the unique taste of Harry's Milkshakes in the latest Ludlow Food Festival blog.

Quality, Local, Innovative: The Ludlow Food Centre

Quality, Local, Innovative: The Ludlow Food Centre

In the world of farm shops Ludlow Food Centre is still unique, producing on site over 50% of what they sell in time honoured traditional ways. They are working even closer with us this year to bring the very best to the Ludlow Spring and Food Festival. 

Shropshire Salumi: Local, Quality, Innovative

Shropshire Salumi: Local, Quality, Innovative

Your taste buds will be firing when you read about the delicious range of handmade salamis all made form high welfare Gloucester Old Spot Pork and other locally sourced ingredients that Will Macken of Shropshire Salumi will be bringing to the Spring and Food Festival. Discover Shropshire Salumi here... 

Made with Love and Care | Sytch Farm Studios

Made with Love and Care | Sytch Farm Studios

Sytch Farm Studios, nestled in the beautiful Shropshire countryside is the home and creative work space of potter, Gill, and carpenter, Jon. Together they make absolutely beautiful pieces for the home and kitchen. Discover what they will be bringing to Ludlow Food Festival this year...

Authentic, Italian, Quality | In Conversation with La Triestina

Authentic, Italian, Quality | In Conversation with La Triestina

Growing up with Italian parents, food and drink have always been an integral and important part of the lives of Mia and Melody, otherwise known as La Triestina. Regular and popular features on the Food Festival circuit, we love the ladies and look forward to sharing their authentic, quality, Italian fare each year. Here we are in conversation with Mia and Melody as they prepare for Festival season to begin.

Rayeesa's Recipe for Spice Success

Rayeesa runs a successful Indian Cookery School in Herefordhsire and produces an incredible range of Frozen Curry Sauces. Discover more about this fantastic culinery celebrity and get cooking for yourself as she shares on of her recipes with us. 

Passionate, Personable, Quality | Danielle's Coffee

Discover Danielle's Coffee at this year's Food Festival and find out what founder Danielle Hadley's favourite recipe is...

Spotlight: Hook and Son

Find out about Hook & Son who will be travelling from Borough Market in London to our Sunday Market for the Ludlow Food Festival. They produce Raw Dairy and tell us all about its health benefits as well as their fascinating story in our Spotlight Blog. 

Spotlight: Swifts Bakery

Swifts Bakery is a fifth generation family business with 150 years history in the Midlands. They have always had a passion for creating new ideas for bread, both for wholesale and over-the-counter to customers in our four shops. Their aim is to help people enjoy real bread and to support the artisan trade to which they proudly belong. We interviewed artisan Baker Robert Swift for the latest in our blog series for Ludlow Food Festival 2016. 

Meet the Producer: Three Tuns Brewery

Three Tuns Brewery in Shropshire was established in 1642 and is the UK's oldest brewery.People come from all over the world to visit the Three Tun's Brewery, not just for its incredible history, but because the beer is so good. Find out more about this bastion of Brewing history in today's Meet the Producer blog. 

Meet the Producer: Bennett & Dunn

With an exciting weekend at Ludlow Food Festival coming up, including a fantastic talk from Rupert on the Buy-From Shropshire Stage, we caught up with Rupert & Tracey Bennett to talk quality, family & Saturday Kitchen!

Meet the Producer: From Field and Flower

Bringing their unique range of wonderful raw (unpasteurised) honeys to the Ludlow Food Festival this year is Sam and Stefano of From Field and Flower. It was a pleasure to interview Sam as part of the Meet the Producer blog series. 

Meet the Producer: Miranda's Preserves

Find out what Miranda's Preserves has to offer at this year's Ludlow Food Festival.

Meet the Producer: Wil's Smokehouse

Wil’s Smokehouse produces a variety of Organic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan friendly smoked foods in accordance with a 160 year old recipes. I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather and Jim just after they finished Burwarton Show. Here they look forward to Ludlow Food Festival in September.

Meet the Producer: Radnor Hills

This year sees the 25th anniversary of Radnor Hills.  When MD, William Watkins, returned to his family farm from university and decided to sell his water rather than the sheep and cattle, the Radnor Hills journey began. I had the pleasure of interviewing William for our Meet the Producer blog series in the run up to Ludlow Food Festival 2016.

Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin

With more than 20 years’ experience in making artisan cheeses, Ludlow Food Centre’s Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin, is a fountain of knowledge. Find out more about Dudley in today's blog. 

Ludlow Lifestyle: Spotlight on Ludlow Food Centre

It’s a busy time of year for Ludlow Food Centre – as well as thinking ahead to the treats that Christmas will bring us, even the most seasoned of foodies are excited by the prospect of autumn’s tantalising offerings, and the celebrations of great food that lie ahead.

Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Butchery Manager, John Bereton

With barbecue season in full swing, we speak to Ludlow Food Centre's Butchery Manager, John Brereton, about how he and his team are gearing up for summer...