Friday 13th 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 2013 - 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

Olive Stage|Around town

Childrens Activities |Demonstration

Young Chef contest

organised by Ludlow Skillbuilders

The competition is for young chefs in training aged 16-25. They have to produce two plates of either a starter or a dessert in a bid to wow the judges. This years theme is Afternoon tea and entries are welcomed now just download the form here.

For more information please call 01584 878202 after 6pm

Friday From 10.00 AM

Around town

Demonstration

Exhibition of photographic work from Colin Cuthbert

The Black Bough which is located at 2 Market Street will be presenting a small exhibition by Colin Cuthbert - all compositions of vintage cooking utensils

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 10.00 AM

Around town

Childrens Activities |Talk|Demonstration|Trail

In This Place

by Lydia Adetunji and Frances Brett in the Shropshire Hills throughout September 2013

A unique audio theatre experience. Look differently. Hear differently. Be In This Place.

From the highly acclaimed Pentabus Theatre comes a new show set in the Shropshire Hills - a walking experience with a difference. Taking place throughout September this is a thrilling new way to explore the stunning Shropshire landscape.

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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 10.15 AM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - John Williams

John Williams TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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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 From 10.30 AM

Castle Inner Bailey

Childrens Activities |Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Flavour SenseNation

A touring exhibition will challenge your sense of taste, smell, touch, sight and sound in a unique event. Festival attendees will be able to sign up for sessions with SenseNation, to find out how they react when different flavours and textures are thrown into the mix.

Flavour SenseNation is an exciting new interactive event that explores the way we use each of our senses to inform our experience of food and flavour.

Activities will include:

_ Tongue mapping, identifying which of your taste buds are most sensitive to the five basic tastes.

_ Discovering how and why food textures can influence the enjoyment of food.

_ Exploring how different sounds can enhance the appreciation of flavour.

_ Testing your ability to identify aromas.

_ Investigating how preconceptions can impair our sensory skills.

Experts explained the interaction of the five “gatekeepers” – sight, taste, sound, touch and smell – which work together to decide how we interact with food, especially when different flavours and textures are thrown into the mix.

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Friday From 10.30 AM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle

Childrens Activities |Talk|Demonstration|Cookery School

Indian Cookery School - Make your own Samosas

You are invited to experience India's 'Golden Triangle' by which we mean the famous Indian snacks 'Samosa's' so called because of their shape and golden brown colour. Our Indian workshops will be run by Rayeesa Asghar-Sandys, who run's Herefordshire's first and only authentic Indian cookery school, from her farmhouse in Mordiford. Rayeesa moved from London to Herefordshire 10 years ago and is so passionate about passing on her cooking skills to anyone keen to learn.

Friday From 10.55 AM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Steve Love, Loves Restaurant

Steve Love TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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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

Castle Inner Bailey|Olive Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Pound for Pound Champion

John Williams, from The Pound, at Leebotwood, is one of the county’s best known and most respected chefs. He has 30 years’ experience and has worked in some of the best hotels and restaurants. John trained in South Wales and Jersey and he achieved his first Head Chef’s position in 1985. In 1989 he came to Shropshire as Head Chef at the Old Vicarage Hotel, Worfield. It was here for the next seven years where he transformed the food offering and achieved the first Michelin award in Shropshire – a Bib Gourmand.

Friday From 11.30 AM

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

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Shropshire Curry

Maria Rundell, author of the bestselling 19thC cookbook 'A new System of Domestic Cookery',was born in Ludlow while Clive of India also came from Shropshire. Her recipes included Lord Clive's Curry and Clive himself introduced a new Indian-inspired delicacy into French cuisine.Simon Smith, the Shropshire Chef, has been inspired by Mrs Rundell  and Clive of India to create his own range of historic Indian and Anglo-Indian dishes. Arch raconteur Keith Pybus will spice up the day with his own stories of how the curry first came to these parts. You will be tasting Mulligatawny soup, Petits pâtes de Pézenas and Fort St George Curry with Clive of India chutney, accompanied by a local real ale IPA. Slow Food members £10 non-members £12

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Friday From 11.30 AM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

Cooking Like Cleopatra - Cookery Masterclasses

Friday’s 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 THREE sessions during the day.

Friday From 11.35 AM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Elliott Lidstone, The Empress of India

TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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Friday From 12.00 PM

Castle Inner Bailey|Olive Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Salt Marsh Lamb

Gareth Johns of the Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth, one of the Master Chefs of Great Britain likes nothing better than sharing his knowledge with others, believing passionately that knowledge not shared is wasted. Using his unique local Salt Marsh Lamb, he will take you through the journey of his cooking and this distinctive delicacy.

Friday From 12.00 PM

Castle Inner Bailey

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

Thai Cooking Masterclass with Curry Chef of The Year Suree Coates

Shropshire Thai Chef Suree Coates, of the acclaimed Shropshire King and Thai Restaurant,  will share some of her passions for quality fresh ingredients, demonstrate her award winning Thai Green Curry recipe, and share her secrets on how to make the perfect curry pastes and marinades, using only the freshest herbs and spices. Fresh from her launch of her cook book 'Cook Thai with Suree Coates' foreworded by Chef Will Holland (from 10.30 to 11.30am). Masterclass guests can also ask questions on Thai Cooking at home, and try some of her wonderful creations. Signed books available.  Masterclass Friday from midday to 1pm in the Inner Bailey. Tickets £5. 


Friday From 12.15 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Phil Fanning, Paris House

TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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Friday From 12.30 PM

Castle Garden Area of the Castle

Childrens Activities |Talk|Demonstration|Cookery School

Indian Cookery School - Make your own Samosas

You are invited to experience India's 'Golden Triangle' by which we mean the famous Indian snacks 'Samosa's' so called because of their shape and golden brown colour. Our Indian workshops will be run by Rayeesa Asghar-Sandys, who run's Herefordshire's first and only authentic Indian cookery school, from her farmhouse in Mordiford. Rayeesa moved from London to Herefordshire 10 years ago and is so passionate about passing on her cooking skills to anyone keen to learn.

Friday From 1.00 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Sam Moody, Bath Priory

TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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Friday From 1.00 PM

Castle Inner Bailey|Olive Stage

Talk|Demonstration

Fifty Shades of Gravy

Masterchef of Great Britain, Brian Mellor, will be making sauces and marinades to help you work some magic and cast a spell over your dinner guests. Want more? Why not book a sauce making cookery course at his school in Harthill, Cheshire www.brianmellor.co.uk

Friday From 1.30 PM

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

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Gate to Plate, Welsh Wagyu and Cumbrian Calves

Rachel and Jeanette of Alternative Meats, suppliers to top chefs including Jamie Oliver and The Hairy Bikers, pride themselves on having complete traceability and provenance on all their meats. They will present sustainable rose veal and wagyu beef which is fed on beer from Montys brewery, and together with the farmer they  will take you on a journey  from "Gate to Plate" Served with (what else!) Montys beer. Slow Food members £10 non-members £12

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Friday From 1.40 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Scott Fricker - Ferndale Foods

TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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Friday From 2.00 PM

Castle Inner Bailey|Olive Stage

Talk|Demonstration

King Pong

Multi-award-winning Ludlow cheesemaker Dudley Martin, from the Ludlow Food Centre, will educate you in Le Grand Fromage. Dudley has enjoyed a sensational year, helping the Food Centre to glory in the FARMA awards, when it was named the UK’s Best Farm Shop for 2013. He famously created the only authentic Shropshire Blue cheese and his talk will focus on the world’s smelliest cheeses. Join Dudley to smell, taste and judge. You’ll also learn how they are made, why they smell and why they taste great.

Friday From 2.20 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Paul Foster - Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk

TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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Friday at 3.00 PM

Olive Stage

Demonstration

Skillbuilders Young Chef Contest

This competition is for young chefs in training aged 16-25.  They have to produce two plates of either a starter or dessert in a bid to wow the judges, including Mr Underhills Chris Bradley and Will Holland from la Bécasse.

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 - Aktar Islam

TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

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Friday From 3.30 PM

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

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

Ancient Fruit, Timeless Taste: Damson Dishes both Savoury and Sweet

David Jaram, Head Chef at Ludlow's Fishmore Hall, showcases both savoury and sweet damson dishes including local venison with damson sauce and sweet damson sushi. Tastings will be interspersed with fascinating snippets from Catherine Moran, a local Shropshire Prune grower. Catherine will share with you the findings of our Shropshire Prune damson local history project, the characteristics of the damson tree, and usage amongst local artisan producers Slow Food members £6 non-members £8

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Friday From 3.40 PM

Graeme Kidd Stage

Talk|Demonstration

TOP CHEF Friday - Hayden Groves, Baxter Storey (hosted by Alan Murchinson, L'ortolan)

TOP CHEF Friday is alwas a great treat and bought to us by our fantastic local top chef Will Holland. This years line up is as excellent as ever so make sure you check out the rest of the day on this stage. Or our top ip is get a picnic and camp out all day and watch the best chefs in the business have fun bringing you top demonstrations with fantastic local produce.

Hayden will be taking to the stage hosted by Alan Murchinson in what promises to be a lively, interactive and enjoyable end to the first day of the Festival.

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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

Talk|Demonstration|Tasting

A Family Tapas Affair

Emma and Alfonso Yufera-Ruiz oversee the smooth running of the newly opened ‘Casa Naranjo’, a little gem of a Tapas Bar in Shrewsbury featured in the Michelin Guide 2013. Today Ramon, their manager will be introducing some of their homemade authentic Spanish Tapas made with carefully sourced ingredients . Ramon will introduce each dish and talk about its origins and flavours. The Tapas will be accompanied by sherry from Bentleys of Ludlow.  Slow Food members £10 non-members £12

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Friday From 6.30 PM

Around town

Wine Tasting|Demonstration|Tasting|Cookery School

The Secret Restaurant

If you’re joining us for the Friday and Saturday of the Festival then make sure you book early for one of the 70 spaces that are available for the Secret Restaurant. The venue is a secret but it is a farm eight miles from Ludlow. 15-20 minutes by bus, which will pick you up from the centre of the town.

Tickets cost £69 per person for the five course dinner menu with drink on arrival.  Bookings can be made by calling 01588 680 484 or by email at Lissy@thesecretrestaurant.net or book online NOW

 www.thesecretrestaurant.net for more information

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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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