Friday 11th September

Further down this page you will be able to create your own itinerary, and below we have listed a few of the highlights that you will also find happening throughout the day so you can fit them in between the rest of your plans! We will be updating the site weekly as we approach the festival so keep checking back to find out exciting new additions!!

In the TOWN - More details of events taking place will keep appearing here so keep checking up as more are added regularly in the run up to the festival. The Centre of the town is open on the Friday so please be aware that there will be traffic coming through the streets. Ludlow has a host of fantastic independent businesses that are well worth a visit and we would suggest that while you explore this medieval towns you pop down the little alleyways and find the little gems hidden away.

LUDLOW FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL inside Ludlow Castle with more than 180 local food and drink producers and suppliers: real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches, with samples and tastings (some free). Admission includes entry to the whole area of Ludlow Castle.

SHOPPING CRECHE - leave your purchases (not your kids) here and pick them up later! Run by the Festival's charity for 2015- Self Help Africa

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Friday From 10.00 AM

Around town

Window Dressing Competition

WINDOW DRESSING COMPETITION

As you walk around the town centre, look at the many shop window displays that have been entered into the Festival's Window Dressing Competition, indicated by the presence of a Festival competition card and poster.  The winners will be announced on Friday morning.  Which is your favourite window?  We have a list so you can see all the participating shops, available from the Food Festival Information Stall situated near the castle entrance.

Friday From 10.00 AM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle

Childrens Activities |Demonstration

Panic Circus

Entertainment in the Big Top for all ages. Try your hand at circus skills.

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Friday From 10.00 AM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle

Demonstration

Cider Pressing Demonstration

10am - 5pm Cider press demonstrations by Ralphs Cider in the Garden Area.

Friday From 10.00 AM

Castle Inner Bailey

Demonstration|Cookery School

Knife Skills Workshops

Run by Eckington Manor Cookery School - £4.95 in the Round Tower in the Inner Bailey of the castle.

Live knife skills cookery classes at Ludlow are back!  If you're interested in learning some new techniques that will help you become quicker and more creative in the kitchen, then why not join us on this taster course at Ludlow Food Festival. .

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Friday From 10.00 AM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle

Demonstration

Cider Pressing Demonstration

10am - 5pm Cider press demonstrations by Ralphs Cider in the Garden Area.

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Friday From 10.30 AM

Castle Outer Bailey|Graeme Kidd Stage

Tasting

Top-Chef Friday

We have the AMAZING Marcus Bean hosting our Top Chef Friday demonstration stage and he has pulled together an AMAZING lineup for us so pop along to the stage to see some of these true masters at work.

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Friday From 10.30 AM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

Coffee Masterclasses

Great coffee is available throughout Shropshire – and we’ll be showcasing the very best throughout our festival weekend. We’ve teamed up with Aroma Coffee Merchants, which is based in Shrewsbury, to create a series of coffee masterclasses. These will give you a chance to get involved and hands on and we thought it was high time Ludlow got a taste of the finest blends. Andrew Turner, from Aroma, is a renowned expert, well-known throughout coffee circles across the UK.

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Friday at 11.00 AM

Ludlow Brewery

Demonstration

Ludlow Brewery Tours

Why not visit the Ludlow Brewery Company during the Festival, it’s just a short walk down Corve Street into Station Drive? Come along and get an overview of their brewing prowess and the ingredients used to make their award-winning pints. If that’s not enough you’ll also find a mini fringe festival around the brewery, with half a dozen stalls.

Friday From 11.00 AM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Jon Gay - Jimmys Farm

Jon Gay, Head Chef at Jimmy's Farm

Crowned “Norfolk Young Chef of the Future” in 2008, Mr Gay is hoping to develop the restaurant and shop into a “culinary centre of excellence”.

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Friday From 11.30 AM

Castle Inner Bailey

Masterclass|Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Des De Moor: Writer and blogger on beer and pubs, author of the

CAMRA Beer tastings

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is a not-for-profit organisation campaigning for real ale, cider, perry and community pubs, and will be hosting a number of beer tastings throughout the weekend. These tutored tastings will give visitors the opportunity to explore the variety of local real ales available and learn about the art of brewing with industry experts. 

Friday 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm

Des De Moor: Writer and blogger on beer and pubs, author of the "CAMRA Guide to London's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars".  Des will be matching styles of beer and cheese.

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Friday From 11.30 AM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

Cooking Like Cleopatra - Cookery Masterclasses

Sessions will feature a Cooking Like Cleopatra session with Egyptian born Marina Ibrahim, above. She will show how the cuisine of the ancient pharaohs very much resembles the cuisine of modern Egypt. Workshops will show you how to create tasty recipes of some of the most authentic Egyptian dishes as mezze, sauces, dips, salads, soups, appetizers, main courses, desserts and pastries. Learn how to impress your guests and friends at your next dinner party, barbecue or events. Marina learned the recipes from her Egyptian Auntie Moneira and her cousin’s Nadja and Tresa and she will be sharing them with you to experience and enjoy.

We recomend you book these sessions in advance as spaces are VERY limited. There will be TWO sessions during the day.

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Friday From 11.30 AM

Castle Inner Bailey|Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Matt Handley – The Stagg Inn, Titley

Matt is Head Chef at The Stagg Inn at Titley in Herefordshire, the first Gastropub in the country t o achieve a Michelin star back in 2001 and an accolade it has held ever since. Matt firmly believes it’s the quality of ingredients from local farmers and producers that is the key to their success. www.thestagg.co.uk

Friday From 12.00 PM

Slow Food Ludlow Marches

Taste Workshop

The Perfect Pie

Jackie Simmons’ pastry was once described by top chef Will Holland as ‘perfect’ when she won the best Shropshire Fidget Pie competition. Jackie continues to grow her repertoire of scrumptious meat pies, all handmade at The Moors Farm, using meat from her herd of pedigree Dexter cattle, and lamb and pork from nearby farms. Taste four different pies, appreciate the richness of flavour and hear how she achieves that lightness of touch. The pies will be accompanied by salad and a glass of Hobson’s Mild. £10 non-members, £8 members

Friday From 12.00 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - David Swann

David Swann

Executive Chef David Swann honed his cooking skills under Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck. He is respected industry-wide for his culinary perfectionism and his dedication to dynamic menu development. David brings extensive experience of large-scale high profile events to Food Story and our kosher kitchen

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Friday From 12.30 PM

Castle Outer Bailey

Childrens Activities |Talk|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

Kids Cookery

12.30pm in the Moat

Youngsters can get their hands into the mixing bowl and enjoy messy foodie fun. Parents can also watch – making sure they pick up plenty of useful tips for lunch boxes, interesting dinners and ways of making nutritious vegetables seem like fun.

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Friday From 12.30 PM

Castle Inner Bailey|Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Alex Connell – Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Alex is Principal Tutor of The Vegetarian Society Cookery School in Cheshire. A vegetarian for more than 20 years, he has a real passion for food. Come along to this talk to discover the taste sensation that vegetarian foo d can be. www.vegsoccookeryschool.org

Friday From 1.00 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Madalene Hamel - The British Larder

Madalene Hamel - The British Larder - The British Larder was created by Madalene Bonvini-Hamel and Ross Pike in 2008. Originally a recipe diary, The British Larder has grown into something much bigger, encompassing food and chef consultancy, food photography, food safaris, food journalism, retail products and more.

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Friday From 1.30 PM

Castle Inner Bailey|Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Tom Court – Sticky Fig Catering

Tom is an award-winning former Head Chef with two AA Rosettes to his name. Now he’s doing it for himself, running his own catering company Sticky Fig Catering. His training is truly European, but he loves his traditional British flavours. It’s fish that he loves to demonstrate with, and not always the ones you’d think of! Take a seat at this demonstration to see what his catch of the day is. www.stickyfigcatering.co.uk

Friday From 2.00 PM

Slow Food Ludlow Marches

Taste Workshop

Ludlow’s Local Wild Meat – Mortimer Forest Venison

There are unique fallow deer on the hills above Ludlow, which have to be culled for their own welfare, and our gastronomic pleasure. In this workshop James Croft-Moss of Bistro 7 will produce a range of dishes using local venison. Alan Reid, the Mortimer Forest ranger, will also be on hand to talk about the deer and their management. The dishes will be accompanied by a glass of wine from Bentleys. £15 non-members, £13 members

Friday From 2.30 PM

Castle Inner Bailey|Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Howard Middleton – Delicious Gluten Free Baking Book

As a contestant on the fourth series of The Great British Bake Off, Howard immediately caught our attention with his first offering a gluten-free passion fruit and coconut sandwich cake which is now featured on the BBC Food website. Passionate about inclusive baking, he has a new book out, Delicious Gluten Free Baking, with tempting bakes that are all wheat-free and gluten-free. Many of the recipes are dairy-free too. Howard will be available for book signing at the Aardvark Books stand following his demonstration. www.howardmiddleton.com

Friday From 2.30 PM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

Cooking Like Cleopatra - Cookery Masterclasses

Sessions will feature a Cooking Like Cleopatra session with Egyptian born Marina Ibrahim, above. She will show how the cuisine of the ancient pharaohs very much resembles the cuisine of modern Egypt. Workshops will show you how to create tasty recipes of some of the most authentic Egyptian dishes as mezze, sauces, dips, salads, soups, appetizers, main courses, desserts and pastries. Learn how to impress your guests and friends at your next dinner party, barbecue or events. Marina learned the recipes from her Egyptian Auntie Moneira and her cousin’s Nadja and Tresa and she will be sharing them with you to experience and enjoy.

We recomend you book these sessions in advance as spaces are VERY limited. There will be TWO sessions during the day.

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Friday at 3.00 PM

Ludlow Brewery

Demonstration

Ludlow Brewery Tours

Why not visit the Ludlow Brewery Company during the Festival, it’s just a short walk down Corve Street into Station Drive? Come along and get an overview of their brewing prowess and the ingredients used to make their award-winning pints. If that’s not enough you’ll also find a mini fringe festival around the brewery, with half a dozen stalls.

Friday From 3.00 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Cyrus Todiwala - Cafe Spice, Saturday Kitchen

Cyrus Todiwala - Cafe Spice, Saturday Kitchen

From ‘chef of genius’* to ‘creator of the classiest curries in the City’ **–  this Bombay-born Parsee chef has been called all manner of good things, but the Chef Patron of Cafe Spice Namaste, Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen and The Park Café in Victoria Park East still has his feet very much on the ground…running!

He cooks, teaches, runs three successful restaurants and does more than his fair bit for charity and the community, but Cyrus’ restless, entrepreneurial soul means he’s never going to stand still. And he’s never said no to a challenge, whether it’s leaving a secure Executive Chef role in the Taj Group of Hotels in Goa 21 years ago to start all over in the UK, or bravely daring to combine flavours, spices and ingredients in ways no other Indian chef has done before.

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Friday From 3.30 PM

Castle Inner Bailey|Wots Cooking Stage

Childrens Activities |Demonstration

Young Chef Competition

Having battled through the heats, our two finalists aged 16-25 will go head to head to see who will be crowned Young Chef of the Year. The competition is a collaboration between Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Hereford Colleges and the Ludlow Food Festival and we are proud to be supporting the next generation of aspiring chefs.

Friday From 4.00 PM

Around town

Tasting|Trail

Real Ale Trail

sponsored by Wye Valley Brewery
Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, during pub opening times (trail finishes 4pm Sunday)

Entry form £6.50 from the Ludlow Food Festival Information Point situated outside the castle over the weekend; a limited number will be on sale from Friday at 4pm, the remainder from 9.30am on Saturday they sell fast so come along early and make sure you get one!

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Friday From 4.00 PM

Slow Food Ludlow Marches

Taste Workshop

Baking the Biscuit

Who better than a baker based in Shrewsbury to create and develop the famous Shrewsbury biscuit? Lynne Morgan, of Baked for You, specialises in baking this crisp but melt-in-the-mouth biscuit, and her Shrewsbury biscuits have become a favourite at farmers’ markets. She is now launching a whole range of different flavours. Come and hear her secrets and taste the Shrewsbury biscuits and other delights. Served with a special cup of tea from Aroma. £5 non-members, £4 members

Friday From 6.00 PM

Slow Food Ludlow Marches

Taste Workshop

Tapas, the Shropshire Way

Historically, British farmers cured their own bacon and hams. This art has been continued and refined by the Themans family at Wenlock Edge Farm to offer high-quality cured meats, sausages and pork products from home-reared pigs. Their product range, which includes chorizo, pancetta and black pudding, will be used by local chef Nadia Lord, of Da Vinci Dining fame, to prepare plates of tasty tapas. The tapas will be served with a glass of wine. £15 non-members, £13 members

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Talks and Demos

There are two talks and demonstration stages within the festival and they are both free to attend.

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Taste Workshops

Taste Workshops are led by expert producers or chefs who will guide you through a tutored tasting of selected food and drink.  Booking is essential!

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The Team

Volunteers are key to the success of the event in both the directors of the festival and the band of merry men and women who give up their time to enable the events to happen.

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Knife Skills Workshops

If you’ve ever wondered how chefs chop with such speed and accuracy, slicing and dicing foods into the smallest and thinnest pieces with ease, then look no further

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Get Involved

The festival simply could not happen without its band of merry men & women; so come and be part of this fantastic team!

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