Friday 12th 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 2014- 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

Assembly Rooms|Around town

Book Festival|Demonstration|Trail

Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year - Ludlow Assembly Rooms

A Visual Feast Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is a unique set of global photography awards, a celebration of all that is special and significant about food photography in our culture, recognising the art as never before.

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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

Childrens Activities |Talk|Demonstration

Pottery Workshops with Alex Allpress

Pottery Workshops with Alex Allpress
In this session you'll get hands on and messy while making your own pottery that you'll be able to take home with you. Suitable for ALL ages; but essential you book in, as spaces will go fast. For more information about Alex Allpress please go to www.alexallpress.co.uk. Book in online now to guarantee a space. demonstrations will take place throughout the day when masterclasses arnt taking place!

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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 10.10 AM

Castle Outer Bailey

Talk

Short Dedication & Blessing

A short 'blessing of the festival' for stall holders and participants with The Venerable Colin Williams, Church of England Team Rector.

Friday From 10.30 AM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Tasting

Top-Chef Friday

While we don’t finalise the list of chefs who will be appearing at the Festival till just before the festival.  We can promise you that the calibre will be amazing. You can look forward to a full day of entertaining demonstrations by a selection of the country’s finest chefs.

Friday From 10.30 AM

Around town

Talk|Demonstration|Cookery School

Fish Knife Skills and Preperation

There will be a demonstration outside The Fish House in the centre of the town of fishy skills. This promises to be a well attended event from a very well respected business in the town.

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 11.30 AM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Cheese and Beer Tastings run by CAMRA

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

Christine Cryne: Cheese and Beer

Christine, CAMRA’s National Director, will infuse you with a selection of beer styles matching them to a range of cheeses. From a blue to a soft cheese, this tasting offers lots of flavour. 

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Friday From 11.30 AM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle |Slow Food Ludlow Marches|Beacon Rooms

Taste Workshop|Tasting

A Sea Shore Foraged Food Adventure

Jonathan of award winning Cafe Mor from Pembrokeshire whose motto is 'Love Food, Love Beach, Love Sea, Love Life' will be sharing some of his very special seaside dishes. Taking you through an edible journey from the splash zone at high tide followed by the mid and then lower shores.

£12 non-members / £10 members

Friday From 11.30 AM

Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

A Modern Way to eat - Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration

Anna Jones is a brilliant young cook and food writer, who worked with Jamie Oliver for many years. Her first cookbook is a totally modern take on vegetarian eating – recipes that are healthy, nourishing, truly tasty and satisfying, and simple to make. Based on how Anna likes to eat day to day.

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 Outer Bailey

Childrens Activities |Talk|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

Kids Cookery

11am, 1pm and 2.45pm 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

Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Mediterranean Ludlow

Martin Emson’s new Italian-themed restaurant and deli in Ludlow has proved a terrific hit. Its success has been bought about by his insistence on using only the freshest and tastiest ingredients. He’ll work with Bevan Fleming, Extra Virgin Olive Oil to create sensational Mediterranean-themed dishes.

Friday From 12.30 PM

Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

From Pig to Pork

From pig to pork, our local farmer through to chef pull apart a shoulder of pork showing you everything there is to know about the shoulder of pork and how to create perfect pulled pork at home - recreating the American barbecue classic (which is taking the UK by storm). It's easier than you think!"

Friday From 1.00 PM

Castle Inner Bailey

Demonstration|Cookery School

Vegetarian Cooking - A modern Way to eat

Vegetarian Cookery

Friday’s will have two sessions at 1pm and 3pm which will be run by Anna Jones a professional vegetarian chef, food writer and food stylist, and worked for Jamie Oliver for 7 years; but, has in more recent years been freelance. She now works on projects with anyone from Innocent to Leon, Nigel Slater to Antonio Carluccio.

 Anna will be showing you how to recreate some of the stunning recipes for her new book 'A Modern Way to Eat'. Anna says: “ When I became vegetarian, all of a sudden, I had to look at cooking in a completely different way. The building blocks that I had grown up with and rules I had learnt as a chef didn’t quite fit anymore. So the challenge to stay lower down the food chain and find new ways to add texture, interest and flavour to my food have meant using a new palate of ingredients and some new techniques in the kitchen”.

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Friday From 1.30 PM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Cheese and Beer Tastings run by CAMRA

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

Christine Cryne: Cheese and Beer

Christine, CAMRA’s National Director, will infuse you with a selection of beer styles matching them to a range of cheeses. From a blue to a soft cheese, this tasting offers lots of flavour. 

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Friday From 1.30 PM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle |Slow Food Ludlow Marches|Beacon Rooms

Taste Workshop|Tasting

Duck and Bordeaux a perfect marriage

Simon King of Ludlow's French Pantry teams up with Jerome Harlington of Trailblazing Wines to explore different ways of using duck in French farmhouse cooking. The dishes will be matched with wines.

£12 non-members / £10 members

Friday From 1.30 PM

Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Love Prawns

Prawns can confuse and delight. Confuse because there are so many different kinds of prawns and often uncertainty about the health benefits. Delight because they are so delicious to eat! Fiona will unravel the secrets of this favourite crustacean and tempt you with a variety of simple but delicious recipes.

Friday From 2.30 PM

Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Kidz Kitchen

The boom in kids’ cooking is continuing apace as more and more youngsters take an interest in where their food comes from. But making sure kids pay attention involves more than the occasional bribe of a chocolate bar. Kidz Kitchen will provide an action-packed demonstration in which there’ll be plenty of snap, crackle and pop.

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

Castle Inner Bailey

Demonstration|Cookery School

Vegetarian Cooking - A modern Way to eat

Vegetarian Cookery

Friday’s will have two sessions at 1pm and 3pm which will be run by Anna Jones a professional vegetarian chef, food writer and food stylist, and worked for Jamie Oliver for 7 years; but, has in more recent years been freelance. She now works on projects with anyone from Innocent to Leon, Nigel Slater to Antonio Carluccio.

 Anna will be showing you how to recreate some of the stunning recipes for her new book 'A Modern Way to Eat'. Anna says: “ When I became vegetarian, all of a sudden, I had to look at cooking in a completely different way. The building blocks that I had grown up with and rules I had learnt as a chef didn’t quite fit anymore. So the challenge to stay lower down the food chain and find new ways to add texture, interest and flavour to my food have meant using a new palate of ingredients and some new techniques in the kitchen”.

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Friday From 3.30 PM

Wots Cooking Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Sweet Tooth

The award-winning chocolate maker from Shrewsbury will delight festivalgoers with a sweet tooth by showing how to make sensational chocolates. Julia is an experienced demonstrator and has dazzled crowds at events around the county. She’s highly knowledgeable and will provide education and fun in one sweet package.

Friday From 3.30 PM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle |Slow Food Ludlow Marches|Beacon Rooms

Taste Workshop|Tasting

September in Shropshire

Sarah Hampton produces a range of award-winning artisan goats cheeses using the milk from her own pedigree herd. Chris Burt is well known for his fine cooking with local ingredients at the Peach Tree in Shrewsbury.

 £12 non-members / £10 members

Friday From 3.30 PM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Cheese and Beer Tastings run by CAMRA

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

Christine Cryne: Cheese and Beer

Christine, CAMRA’s National Director, will infuse you with a selection of beer styles matching them to a range of cheeses. From a blue to a soft cheese, this tasting offers lots of flavour. 

More about this event

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 Festival Box Office (near the castle entrance); 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 6.00 PM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle |Slow Food Ludlow Marches|Beacon Rooms

Taste Workshop

Real Wines

Come and try 'real' wines from small-scale artisan producers, harvested by hand and made in small batches. These wines from Italy, France and Spain are mainly organic with little or no sulphites added.

£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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