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Meet the Producer: Lajina Masala

31st August 2016

Lajina Leal is a one-woman spice dynamo from Shropshire who, with her brand Lajina Masala, is teaching us all how to cook easy, healthy and authentic Indian food packed with flavour. With her easy to use Masala Spice Pots she has given us the freedom and opportunity to cook great Indian food at home. Find out more in our Meet the Producer blog.

Lajina Leal

 

Name: 

Lajina Leal

Occupation:

Owner of Lajina Masala

In three words describe your spice pots: 

Tasty, healthy and convenient

Masala Spice Pots

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

They can taste a simple lentil daal made with the curry spice pot, they can ask me how I can help with their cooking, their events and gifts for their loved ones and they can buy garam and curry masala spice pots.

Lajina Leal

How did you start?

I started in Oct 2013, after my friends persuaded me over a curry in an Indian restaurant that there was a gap in the market with home style cooking. I will always remember that night as a turning point to my life and thank them for giving me the confidence and self belief.

Who have your influences been in creating and building your business?

Kevin Guerin from the Ironbridge Catering Company for his support and tips, esp the scaling up ones, he is an expert foodi and I will always be grateful to him for his guidance and belief.

Chris Haycock, the digital marketing EXPERT if he supports me, then I must be ok, totally humbled that I have such a professional to guide me.

Chris Burt for using my spice mixes and supporting not only me, but all of Shropshire's foodie.

David Hyner, his rhino vision, pyramids and talks.

Julie Dodsworth she has such fine taste and is the perfect female role model.

My customers, who inspire me every day, thank them so much, because without them, there is no hope or vision.

Lajina Leal and Julie Dodsworth

What do you like doing the most in your business, cooking, teaching, demonstrations, popups?

I still love spicing and to this day, I spice as if it's for my home cooking, the cleaning, roasting and grinding hasn't changed, it's deeply therapeutic and a very special time for me.

Equally, I love to teach cooking as I am around people and people are so interesting, learning is very much a two way process.

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

My own personal journey and winning awards, I have never achieved anything before the business, I have found contentment and it's very special.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

It is simply an honour to part of such a prestigious food festival, thank you, it's such a great atmosphere.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Red

Favourite Food? Cake

Favourite tipple? Kir Royal

Favourite Restaurant? Peach Tree, Shrewsbury

Hobby? Learning new skills

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? Home -  I never seem to be here!


Lajina is also prod mum to Sam and wife to Krish - who if often at events with Lajina supporting her. Make sure you find Lajina Leal on the Saturday of the Ludlow Food Festival where she wil be launchng her new look website as well!


Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire


 

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Chef James Sherwin

31st August 2016

Chef James Sherwin is passionate about food, Shropshire and foraging. All of them are lovingly and skilfully brought together in his Wild Shrophshire Pop Up Restuarants around the county. We are thrilled to be hosting James' Wild Shropshire during the Ludlow Food Festival this year. We interviewed him to find out more about it. 

James in a Space

Name: 

James Sherwin

Occupation:  

Chef

James Sherwin

In three words describe your Pop Up Restaurants: 

Modern, traditional, natural 

Tell us what readers can expect when they come to your Pop Up Restaurant at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

The people that come to the pop up can expect the flavours of our countryside presented in a multi course tasting menu, focussing on what is perfect in that moment.

Where did the idea of Wild Shropshire Pop Ups start?

I've always been interested in foraging and "local" food, so when I moved out into a more rural location it made complete sense to focus on what is available around us. It will be a year-long project looking at a very small area over the course of the seasons.

Wild Shropshire

Who have your influences been in creating and building James in a Space?

I think there are some obvious influences from the chef world in terms of the Ethos of "Wild Shropshire" Magnus Nilson (faviken) Simon Rogan (L'enclume) James in a Space as a brand is ultimately influenced by those around me that inspire me to try and do something different.

Tell us about your collaboration with Paso Primero and how you will be working with them at the Food Festival?

I've been very lucky to use Paos Primero's since the first of the pop ups, I wanted the drinks provided to be Shropshire based as well, I'd tried a few local wines and they weren't right but then met Tom and was immediately wowed!! Listening to the way he spoke about his wine and how he felt about it was amazing, the way he wanted his wine to taste was how I want my food to taste, subtle but complex with layers of flavours. Tom was one of those guys you could listen to talk for hours because there was so much knowledge and passion behind it. 

I'll be designing two courses to match and hopefully compliment his wines, they will then be served with a sample of the wine.

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of the fact that I've reached a point where I'm happy to do whatever I want with the food, some people will see it as bravery and others as stupidity but there are no boundaries with what I do other than those set by the seasons.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

I’m most looking forward to cooking and serving some great food and showing people that aren't necessarily from Shropshire, what we can do. Other than that, I'd definitely say sampling all the alcohol at the festival.

Don't miss your opportunity to experience James Sherwin's Wild Shropshire Pop UP Restaurant on Saturday 10th September at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/event.php?id=3730 

 

 Wild Shropshire at the Ludlow Food Festival

 

 

Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire 

 

 

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Spotlight: Swifts Bakery

30th August 2016

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. 
 
Robert Swift
 

Business Name: 

Richard C Swift Ltd - Swifts Bakery 
 
Your Occupation:  
5th generation Artisan baker with 25 years experience and a director of the company. 
 
In three words describe your business: 
quality, history, determination
 
Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 
As regards our stall you will find a vast variety of breads, international and speciality creations of our own. It won't quite look like the bread you see from day to day; we like to think a little bit more outside the bread tin. With my demo we will be trying to show a few different things this year all in one demo. We are looking to have blast this year and show people all that Ludlow has to offer.
 
Swifts Bakery 
 

How did you start?

As a family it all started with my great great great aunt who made bread for the street to make ends meet after the death of her husband.
 
Swifts Bakery
 
This then just grew and grew and came down through the generations to the point where we now have my eldest son, the 6th generation, who has completed his first year of his apprenticeship. As for myself it's something I have always known since I was born, being put in front of the delivery van from a very early age to working before and after school, school holidays and weekends, then at 16 starting full time in the bakery on the bottom rung of the ladder as it were, and I worked my way up from there. 
 

Who have your influences been in creating and building your business?

Well, as it's a family business the influences are those from within really. For me it was my grandparents and my parents. When you are this close to what's happening you see first hand just what it takes and what it means to run a business like this. When I look back and understand what our family gave for the following generations then you can only work with a sense of pride and passion and determination to carry it forward. I have also had the privilege of working with a lot of talented people, not just those in the baking industry, and those influences are priceless. 
 

Tell us about you appearance on TV and what impact that has had on your business? 

Any appearances on the TV are beneficial. It's the society we live in. People have reacted to it even more so in the last few years. We have been very fortunate to have had that experience. I personally appeared on the first Britain's Best Bakery where we won through to represent the whole of Shropshire against other bakeries across the country. Following that I have done pieces with the Hairy Bikers and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. The most recent experience was the well documented Victorian Bakers which saw my brother take the reins and experience a little of what our ancestors must have had to go through. He got so much out of it, both personally and professionally, but I think, overwhelmingly, he got a sense of pride, empathy and respect.
 
John Swift Victorian Baker
 
John Swift, Victorian Bakers | Image from the Shropshire Star
 

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

This is actually quite a simple, short answer to this. The fact that after 6 generations and over 150 years the name and the skills are still here. It's the best way we, today, can say thank you and show how we feel about those in our family who sacrificed so much to give us this legacy. 
 
Swifts Bakery
 

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival? 

To be honest, it really is a great thrill to be part of it. You get to engage with new customers but also to see the customers who,for the rest of the year, support our business. Without them we have nothing. It's also great to see the town so vibrant and buzzing with life. I know it can be seen as a nuisance but, honestly, from the point of view of a retail outlet without it, the town itself would struggle for the rest of the year. It does bring repeat business which in the harder months of the year is vital to us all.
 

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? White and yellow.

Favourite Food? Difficult this one?? I do enjoy a good Sunday roast, but, ultimately, I enjoy food that's fresh, flavoursome, and well cooked; that could range from a burger or thai/asian style cooking.

Favourite tipple? Well, I am partial to a good single malt, 10 or 15 years old should do, but for an everyday drink a nice real ale such as Ludlow Gold or Old Henry.

Favourite Restaurant? Well, how to upset a lot of people quickly! I get the chance to work with a lot of great chefs locally and further afield, so I also get to sample a lot of what they produce, which is a great perk of the job. As this is Ludlow Food Festival though, I would just like to give a mention to all the restaurants in Ludlow as we are now beginning to see some real strides in putting the town back where it was a few years ago; places such as Mortimers, Fishmore Hall and Old Downton Lodge are creating some great menus and dishes and also push each other to strive for better. It's an exciting time again. 
 
Hobby? Well, not really a lot of time for that to be honest! Spending time doing as much as I can with my family is important as they put up with a lot and I am partial to watching quite a bit of football, which does take me around the country following, for my sins, Leeds United (no comments please!).
 
Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? I don't really have a favourite place but as I spend so much time going here and there everywhere I always know when I am back in Shropshire. This county really has something beautiful to share. 
 
Swifts Bakery
 
Robert Swift will be doing a demo on the Graeme Kidd Stage at 1pm on Saturday 10th September. You will be able to buy their wonderful artisan bread all weekend. Find Swifts Bakery online at http://www.swifts-bakery.co.uk
 
 
Interview by Louise Welsby, Buy-From Shropshire

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Meet the Producer: Sue Gilmore

30th August 2016

Sue Gilmour Chocolate is a small Herefordshire-based chocolate company built around Sue's passion for chocolate. Find out about her wonderful world of chocolate in today's Meet the Producer blog. 

Sue Gilmore Chocolates

 

Name: 
Sue Gilmour

Occupation:  
Chocolatier

In three words describe your Wonderful World of Chocolate: 
Hectic, handmade, happy

Tell us in 140 characters what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

Chocolate bars made using fine Belgian Chocolate, wrapped in our distinctive botanical wrappers. Oh and some fresh cream truffles too!!

Sue Gilmore Truffles


How did you start?
Like many others, I decided to start my own business after being made redundant. 

I went to catering college when I left school but ended up pursuing a career in IT marketing.

When redundancy came I decided it was time to embrace my passion for food and especially all things sweet. I completed a number of intensive courses and then did a summer work experience with a chocolatier… and with his help I took my first few products to a local market in September 2008.

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

Our Milk Chocolate with Chai. It was the first of our products to gain a Great Taste Award and I love using ingredients from other small local companies – in this case Trumper’s Chai Tea from Hereford.

 Milk Chocolate with Chai

What is our best-selling flavour? Why do you think this is?
Overall our best-selling flavour is Rose Milk Chocolate. It is a little different and has a delicate floral flavour. It was also the first bar we ever made.

 Rose Milk Chocolate

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?
As far as our brand is concerned I am very proud of my husband Doug for designing such eye-catching wrappers for our bars. The biggest ‘buzz’ I’ve had was when we got our first export order. I love the idea of our bars being enjoyed overseas.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival? 

It is always so nice to catch-up with other local food producers, to meet old and new customers and see what new goodies we can take home on Sunday night.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?

Purple

Favourite Food?

Cheese!

Favourite tipple?

Gin

Favourite Restaurant?

Carters of Moseley

Hobby?

Growing our own fruit and veggies

Make sure you find Sue during the Festival. You can also buy her wonderful chocolates online at http://www.suegilmour.co.uk/

 

Sue Gilmore

Interview by Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

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Meet the Producer: Three Tuns Brewery

25th August 2016

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.

Three Tuns Brewery

Name:

Steve Wilmer

Occupation:  

Head Brewer

In three words describe Three Tuns Brewery: 

Unique, Quirky, Craftsmen

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

The oldest brewery, brewing secret recipes from “The Tuns” recipe books handed down through generations of custodians.  Brewers who also craft ground breaking new style beers to compliment the range.

Three Tuns Brewery Beers

How did you start?

Bought a house next door to the brewery, a master cabinet maker, I asked for a job.

What is special about Three Tuns Brewery?

First licenced in 1642, brewing from a 16th century Brewhouse and miniature Victorian tower brewery.  Gravity fed, tuns yeast, unique beer style.

Three Tuns Brewery History

What is our best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

XXX

A recipe developed by John Roberts first in 1880 (when he built the tower) and passed down the line. A secret brew “to quench the thirst of agricultural workers”

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

Saving the brewery in 2002.  Restoring the buildings, modernising and replicating a gravity fed brew system (10 year project was completed in 2012)

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

Great people, amazing producers and sunshine.

Three Tuns at the Ludlow Food Festival 2015

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?

Black

Favourite Food?

Curry

Favourite tipple?

XXX

Favourite Restaurant?

Golden Moments (Ludlow)

Hobby?

Brewing Beer

Favourite place to visit in the Shropshire?

Ratlinghope (Bridges Inn) & Longmynd

Make sure you try XXX for yourself at this year's Ludlow Food Festival. You can also find Three Tuns Brewery online at http://www.threetunsbrewery.co.uk

 

Louise Welsby | Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

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Meet the Producer: Bennett & Dunn

24th August 2016

In the days of the Supermarket and ‘fast food’ we can often get lost in a world of prices & variety. Sometimes it is important we take a minute to find out who and where our food came from. Who was it that picked our local berries, or who harvest the grains that go into our bread. There is something comforting & enjoyable about supporting local produce. Not only do you support local economy but you are tasting something that has come from your doorstep. Bennett & Dunn Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil have been a firm favourite of local consumers and restaurants in the county and beyond for over 5 years. With the product range expanding to some delicious dressings & flavoured oils, for Bennett & Dunn, the only way is up! 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!

Bennett & Dunn Rapeseed Oil 

So tell our readers, Where did it all begin?

It all began with Tracey and myself watching Saturday Morning Kitchen. James Martin was raving about Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil. As I was already growing and harvesting Oil seed Rape (Rapeseed) on our farm near Bridgnorth, we decided to do some research, then went ahead and purchased a kitchen press. We needed to make sure our Oil tasted good and we were happy to know it was delicious.  

Tracey & Rupert of Bennett & Dunn

For someone who may never have tasted Rapeseed Oil before, how would you describe its taste?

If you have never used Coldpressed Rapeseed Oil, it is something you need to try! Our oil has a yummy gentle nutty, creamy flavour. It compliments food, rather than overpowers it. You can use it to drizzle over fresh summer salads, use it as a cold dip for bread and it's also brilliant to cook with at high temperatures and still keep all its health benefits, unlike extra virgin olive oil which is most customers go-to store cupboard essential.  Our oil is rich in Omega 3,6 & 9 so if you don't eat lots of oily fish it's a really easy way to maintain your Omega fat intake which is essential for heart health and general wellness.

This year’s festival is aimed at Ethical and sustainable farming, how do you feel your products adhere and help towards this?

Zero nasty chemicals are used in our production, it's just oil squeezed from the seed, that's why trading standards allow us to put 'Good for You' on our label.

We look after the environment by farming in a responsible way by providing good habitat for insects, small mammals and birds. We also are intending to use the leftover seed to create food for local wildlife.

 Rupert of Bennett & Dunn

What products would you say are your ‘ones to watch’ ?

We know how busy lives can be, we don't always have time to create tasty meals for our family so we have launched our new dressing & Marinades, a quick and easy way to add flavour to meat, fish, salads and vegetables for mouthwatering dishes. Come and try them and see which flavour is your favourite!

 Bennett & Dunn Dressings

How has your journey been in getting Bennett & Dunn out to the consumer?

We spent a lot of time getting out there to the customer, restaurants, farm shops delis, and not forgetting our Great taste award and Bronze Winner 2015 for Best New Product at Ludlow Food Festival in our first year of trading. We now have brilliant award winning Chefs using our Oil, some of which are demonstrating at the Festival. It is a great boost for us, it's confirmation and reward for the love and care we put into every drop of Oil we produce. We also supply high end retailers such as the Ludlow Food Centre.  Everyone knows they only stock great quality product.

We are so proud of the quality of our oils and to know that brilliant Chefs and foodies love our oil is wonderful. It's the fantastic feedback and being told it's a great product that keeps us going.

What are you looking forward to most about Ludlow Food Festival this year?

Meeting people who love Artisan food, care about where their food comes from and care about the British Countryside. Eat and drink till your hearts content.... You get all of that at The Ludlow Food Festival! Tracey and myself are looking forward to meeting some of our existing lovely loyal customers who bought our Oil at last years Festival and introducing our new Dressing & Marinades to those who haven't yet tasted them!

 

Tracey and Rupert will be exhibiting within the festival all weekend, they will also be taking part in a talk at the Buy-From Shropshire Marquee. Be sure to visit them and try their delicious and healthy alternative to Olive Oil!

 

Bennett & Dunn

Quality, Local, Delicious

www.bennettanddunn.co.uk


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Producer: From Field and Flower

23rd August 2016

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. 

From Field and Flower

 

Name: 

Samantha Wallace

Occupation:  

Co-owner of From Field and Flower

 Sam & Stefano of From Field and Flower

In three words describe Field and Flower: 

Passionate about honey

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

A wide selection of wonderful raw (unpasteurised) honeys made by small, independent, producers from Italy, England, Scotland, Sweden and more. We offer tastings of all our honey -from the mildest to the strongest, plus lots of usage/pairing tips and general passionate food chat!

From Field and Flower Honey

How did you start?

I was made redundant at the same time as Stefano (my partner and business partner) decided to stop working for his friend’s gourmet sausage company - we thought it could be a real opportunity to do something we genuinely love.

On a trip to Italy with Stefano — Piedmont, which is where he’s from — we went to see some family friends of his who were beekeepers. I’d never particularly liked honey. I associated it with the stuff you get in the supermarket — sweet and a bit boring—but this was just completely different. It was a revelation.

After that we spent months trying all the honeys we could find, deciding which would work for our range, developing our own brand. We wanted to make sure we stood for something that’s quality. The honey we sell can’t be mass-produced. It has to be raw—which means it hasn’t been heat treated—and can’t have anything added to it in terms of sugars.

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

We’re notorious for not having favourites, because we use each of them at different times, for different dishes. In essence we’re spoilt! If I had to choose one that’s close to my heart, then it would be the Cherry Flower honey from Piedmont, Italy, because it’s one of the first ones I tried when we were starting to develop our range and it’s flavour completely blew me away.

 Raw Italian Cherry Honey

What is your best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

We don’t have a best seller per se, and that’s because everyone’s tastes are different, but two of our most popular honeys are the Heather honey from Exmoor National Park in Devon, and our Creamed Wildflower honey from Sweden – the silky smooth and delicately floral, it’s beautiful.

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?

We’re delighted that what we do seems to be a hit with customers. People come back to see us at our shop in Borough Market, in London, time and time again, some even making the trip from places like China and Canada. We like to share our love of distinctive raw honeys with people, and are really proud that people want us to keep doing it! 

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

I’ve visited Ludlow a few times, when I was a teenager with my family and loved it. It’s a beautiful town in a beautiful part of England, and has always had a strong connection with food. In fact, I can wax lyrical about the meals I’ve had in the past here – from cake and a cuppa to fine dining. Being invited to attend the festival was an honour, and we’re both keen to visit as many exhibitors as possible ourselves.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?

Myself - blue. Stefano - green

Favourite Food?

Myself – Scallops.

Stefano – something hot and spicy, preferably on a pizza.

Favourite tipple?

Myself – in the summer I absolutely love an Aperol spritz

Stefano  - a good pint of Guinness

Favourite Restaurant?

At the moment we’re both a bit obsessed with a great Portuguese family run restaurant called A-Toca in London. It’s in Stockwell, which is home to a large Portuguese community and serves beautiful chargrilled meats and fish really simply, but does it really well. There’s no fuss, no pretentions and most of the diners are Portuguese – always a good sign!

Hobby?

Stefano has green fingers and loves plants.

Myself? I’m a bookworm and can devour a book in a day.

 

Borough Market - From Field and Flower 

Make sure you visit Sam and Stefano at the Sunday Market during Ludlow Food Festival 2016. You can also visit them online at http://www.fromfieldandflower.co.uk

 

Interview by Louise Welsby, Buy-From Shropshire.

 

 

 

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Meet the Producer: Miranda's Preserves

16th August 2016

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

Miranda's Preserves

Miranda's Preserves has been run by Anita & Richard for the past 6 years from their 5star home kitchen at Ivy Cottage in the Brecon Beacons. “ We are a true cottage industry”, says Anita, "preparing & cooking our preserves in small batches, stirring them by hand, bottling them by hand & labelling them by hand! We took over the business from the eponymous Miranda, who started the business in Pembrokeshire back in 1995."


"We love to work with local businesses in local communities”, explained Richard, "and we have a very soft spot for Ludlow. Local designers The Visual Works undertook our re-branding and we have built up a special relationship with friends at the September festival who seek out our stall each year."

Food Festival Fun

This year Miranda's Preserves are delighted that their award winning jam marmalade & chutney can now be found at Broad Bean in Broad Street, Ludlow. The Evans family have just taken over this fabulous local deli and have been keen to source affordable, high quality products sourced from local, artisans. "It's a perfect blend of two family businesses with very similar ethos”, says Anita. "We wish the Evans family every success with their new venture and are sure our products will sit well on their shelves - but not for long before they are snapped up, we hope!”

Miranda Preserves

Make sure that you find Anita and Richard at the Ludlow Food Festival this year. Take a look at their fantastic website here: http://www.mirandas-preserves.co.uk

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Meet the Producer: Wil's Smokehouse

11th August 2016

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.

Wil's Smokehouse

Name: 

Jim Wilson

Occupation:  

Smoker and Curer of Food In three words describe Wil’s Smokehouse: 

ORGANIC VEGETARIAN SMOKEHOUSE

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

Seriously tasty, smoked, organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods with attitude. We will be giving lots of free tasters of our organic smoked marinated pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and introducing our new product seeds with almonds and smoked vanilla. 

Vanilla Smoked Seeds

How did you start?

As a family we have been curers and smokers of food for over 60 years but 15 years ago we diversified into smoking organic vegetarian seeds, nuts, spices, garlic and oils.  

Wills Smokehouse Process

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

Our favourite product is our original product, Organic Marinated Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds. We are very proud of this product - it has taken years of experimenting with our recipe and the combination of different woods to create a mild, delicate smoke. 

Smoked Marinated Seeds

What is our best-selling product? Why do you think this is?


Our best selling product is our original product, Organic Marinated Mixed Seeds. We only use the finest organic raw materials, every batch is hand produced, we use no E numbers, preservatives or any added oils and all the wood we use is local Herefordshire hard wood. 

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

We are most proud of producing high quality organic products and receiving positive feedback from our customers, which is the only accolade we strive for. 

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

Meeting our customers old and new and embracing the great atmosphere generated at the Ludlow Food Festival. Everyone is eager to taste new food and drink that is locally produced in the surrounding area. The Festival is a superb weekend for all.

Jim and Heather

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? BLUE

Favourite Food? FISH AND CHIPS

Favourite tipple? BOTTLE OF WHITE WINE FROM OUR OWN VINEYARD

Favourite Restaurant? THE TRAM AT EARDSILEY

Hobby? WORKING ON OUR SMALLHOLDING, ESPECIALLY IN OUR VINEYARD  - IT'S VERY RELAXING

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire?ATTINGHAM PARK AND, OF COURSE, LUDLOW

Jim and Heather

Make sure you visit Heather and Jim and the Ludlow Food Festival. You can also visit them online at http://www.wilssmokehouse.co.uk

 


Louise Welsby

Buy-From Shropshire

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Producer: Radnor Hills

11th August 2016

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.

Name: 

William Watkins

William Watkins, Radnor Hills

Occupation:  

Managing Director at Radnor Hills

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

The Heartsease Farm range includes some timeless traditionally British recipes made with the finest sourced ingredients and blended with our lightly sparkling natural spring water! Savour the classic taste of the British countryside with our delicious Elderflower Pressé, travel back in time with our Traditional Lemonade recipe which tastes ‘just how you’re Mum used to make it!’ We have gone the extra mile this time to make these drinks taste as good as they would if you made them in your own kitchen!

Heartsease Farm

How did you start?

When I returned to our family farm from university and decided to sell our water rather than the sheep and cattle, the Radnor Hills journey began! It’s been a very exciting journey for myself and my entire team.

From tiny beginnings packing cuplets for airlines we now produce a whole range of products in glass and plastic bottles, from waters to mixers, pressés and healthy children’s products.  

Unbelievably last year we produced 200 million bottles on our site in Radnorshire.  This year we have put in a new line that will create the capacity to produce 300 million bottles. 

Have you got a favourite Radnor Hills flavour? Why?

Heartsease Farm Fiery Ginger Beer – It has to be!

What is our best selling flavour? Why do you think this is?

Raspberry Lemonade seems to be a good seller, its light and refreshing and mixes will in a cocktail! Have you tried our Raspberry Pitchfork yet? We will be serving up a few of those at the festival!

Raspberry Lemonade

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

This September we will be bringing once again our fantastic pop –up bar which is really exciting, we will be whipping up some delicious cocktails including the best sellers – Muddy Boot which is spiced rum and ginger beer, and we also have some brand new ones to try!  Selling locally made drinks to local people is what it’s all about, Ludlow Food Festival has such a great vibe – we can’t wait to return again for another year!

                Radnor Hills Pop Up Bar                                       

Make sure you visit the Radnor Hills team at the Festival - I am looking forward to a Rasberry Pitchfork! You can also visit them online at http://www.radnorhills.co.uk/home 

 

Louise Welsby

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Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Butchery Manager, John Bereton

5th August 2016

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.

Voted as the UK’s Food Hall of The Year in April’s Farm Shop & Deli awards, Ludlow Food Centre brings together seasonal produce, artisan food production and local fare under one roof. Having also been awarded five gold stars by the Guild of Fine Food in July, it continues to make waves in the speciality food industry. And all of this makes for a particularly exciting few months.

With Ludlow Food Festival 2016 just around the corner, we speak to Ludlow Food Centre’s Head Butcher, John Brereton, about how he and his team are gearing up for the busy festival season…

 John Bereton

September’s nearly here – how are you feeling?

I’m feeling great – the butchery’s going from strength to strength, and we have a great team who work incredibly hard throughout the year. It puts us in a good position for the increase in number of customers during Ludlow Food Festival, and we’re looking forward to keeping up with demand throughout these few months.

How has the summer been for you and your team?

Summer is a brilliant opportunity for each member of our team to showcase their skill and knowledge, which we hope is always passed on to our customers. We all club together and make the most of everyone’s strengths. Andrew, who joined us an apprentice in 2008, manages the team in my absence, as well as creating an abundance of products for the counter. Jess, another of our apprentices, is learning more as she completes her NVQ Level 3. So it’s a great time for everyone.

What’s the sure sign of a good butchery product?

I think provenance is absolutely everything. For us to be able to sell meat that’s reared here on the Oakly Park Estate is a real privilege. It’s always a pleasure to let people know exactly where their meat has come from, and for us to have the answers to their questions. Provenance, knowledge and skills behind the counter are so important today.

Oakley Park Estate

Oakly Park Estate

We’re optimists, and are always crossing our fingers for a bit more barbecue weather…do you have any tips for a great barbecue?

Many people are tempted to cook their meat on as high a temperature as possible, to achieve that ‘flame-grilled’ finish – but this often means that products end up burned, tough and even undercooked. If you’re cooking with coal, always make sure the coals are white before placing your meat on the griddle, and tend to it regularly. Keep it simple.

What’s next for the butchery team?

The finishing touches have just been made to a brand new fridge dedicated solely to our charcuterie products. This means we’ll have much more space to expand our range as the months go on. Our charcuterie’s been hugely popular, and adds diversity to our more traditional cuts and products. I’m really excited to see how this changes how we work. And after summer’s out of the way, we’ll be focussing on Christmas! It’s a scary thought, but it always needs as much forward planning as possible – from staff, to orders and coping with demand. We’ll be taking orders for Christmas very soon, so keep up to date on our website and social media.

Ludlow Food Centre Butchery Team

Ludlow Food Centre Butchery Team

Visit Ludlow Food Centre's fantastic stall at the Festival or call in and see them at the Food Centre itself on the A49 in Bromfield, outside Ludlow.




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James Sherwin | Wild Shropshire

5th August 2016

Pop Ups. Local. Fresh. Foraged.

James Sherwin.

 James Sherwin's Wild Shropshire

There are certain buzzwords in cooking at the moment. The word ‘local’ has been around for a long time now and has transcended cooking into all areas of consumerism. ‘Foraging’ has become a trend in cooking now since the rise of New Nordic cuisine, however the pre-professional romantic in me remembers watching Hugh Fearnley Whittingstal before I was even aware of Noma and Rene Redzepi.

So why local and why foraged as concept of my pop ups? The answer is very simple, and again goes back to romanticism. Ultimately I want to be connected. Connected to my food but also, connected to my surroundings. The dairy farms, the Oak and Silver birch trees, the farm tracks lined with Hedge garlic and chamomile. These not only equate to the life experiences of myself and my family, but also act as a counterpoint to the brutal sterility of a professional kitchen where quite often produce will appear with little-to-no story or provenance

 It may not always be evident when eating but every ingredient has a story and a reason why it's on the plates I serve, they all act as a much smaller part of a bigger story, one that can't be told in 1 mouthful, 1 dish or 1 tasting menu but the overarching storyline across "Wild Shropshire" and that storyline should include sustainability, zero waste, modernity while reaching back to traditional foods and ingredients.

Foraging for me again is an incredibly important part of "Wild Shropshire" for three reasons, firstly it connects me to where we are, the Scandinavians talk about "time and place" and that's exactly what I get from foraging, I find seasonality to be a little too broad a concept especially given the British weather, whereas foraging gives you a snapshot of what's perfect in that moment, and that is what will go on the plates! 

James Sherwin's Wild Shropshire

The second reason is due to my love of the unloved ( British sentimentality) scientists often say that we know more about the surface of the earth than we do the bottom of our oceans. Our own native ingredients (what's a native ingredient is however another argument!!) can be seen in the same way, I'd suggest that 99% of the population knows what pineapples from thousands of miles away taste like but only a small percentage will know what pineapple weed tastes like. These are the things i want to explore, you could always call it Shropshire Terroir, take what the French say about the grapes and wine and apply it to OUR food. The majority of people don't know what our native plants and herbs taste like.

The third reason is sustainability, why buy garlic that's been flown in from China when you very probably have hedge garlic growing within a few metres of your house, no waste, zero carbon footprint.

The other aspect to "Wild Shropshire" is the meat I use however this is a massive subject that I'll cover at another time, as is local producers. 

Pop ups, why pop ups? No rules, no limitations!!!

I wanted to do something slightly different to the usual restaurant set up, for me the food is personal and so I want the environment its served in and your experience to also be personal. I want to be able to talk to the guests, answer questions, have some sort of dialogue that goes beyond the usual faceless restaurant experience, it needs to be something more. I almost view it more like going to see a band play, something visceral. 

 In conclusion and hopefully a way of rounding of my incoherent ramblings, the "Wild Shropshire" pop ups for are a reflection of the personal way I view Shropshire and more importantly the small part that I exist in, it is the flavours and terroir of the view I wake up to every morning and the drive I have everyday as I make my way into work. It's a celebration of an often overlooked part of our heritage.

 James Sherwin Wild Wood Foraging

 Don't miss your opportunity to book onto James Sherwin's Wild Shropshire PopUp on Saturday 10th September at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Places are limited!

 

Louise Welsby

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Meet Ludlow Food Centre's Dairy Manager, Dudley Martin

5th August 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.

Now making more than 10 cheeses in one of the country’s smallest dairies with comrade Paul Bedford – also clocking in an impressive 20 years – Dudley began his career 20 years ago at Malvern Cheesewrights, in bordering Worcestershire, before moving on to nearby Lightwood Cheese in 2001.

Just three months after Ludlow Food Centre opened in April 2007, Dudley joined the business as head cheesemaker, using fresh milk from the Food Centre’s Oakly Park Estate to create a special range of cheeses, as well as handmade butter and cream cheese for fresh and frozen desserts.

Ludlow Food Centre Cheese

Now, almost ten years later, Dudley continues to create and innovate, relentlessly seeking new ways to connect his cheeses with the town of Ludlow and the Shropshire countryside.

Ludlow Food Centre Cheese

Dudley is really looking forward to the biggest food festival in the UK and from 9th-11th September he will be part of the Ludlow Food Centre team showcasing hundreds of independent producers and farm shops within Shropshire and the Welsh Marche. It is the perfect platform for festival goers to sample some of Ludlow Food Centre’s handmade produce, specifically the hundreds of artisan cheeses you will be able to sample and buy.

Ludlow Food Festival

Visit their festival marquee between 9-11 September to gain an insight in the award-winning farm shop, based just two miles north of Ludlow on the A49, in the village of Bromfield.

Ludlow Food Centre

 

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Ludlow Lifestyle: Spotlight on Ludlow Food Centre

5th August 2016

Ludlow Lifestyle: Spotlight on Ludlow Food Centre

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.

Voted as the UK’s Food Hall of The Year in April’s Farm Shop & Deli awards, Ludlow Food Centre brings together seasonal produce, artisan food production and local fare under one roof. Having also been awarded five gold stars by the Guild of Fine Food in July, it continues to make waves in the speciality food industry. And all of this makes for a particularly exciting few months.

Food Hall of the Year

First up in the calendar is Ludlow Food Festival – arguably the finest and most prestigious of the UK’s food festivals, now in its 21st year – right on Ludlow Food Centre’s doorstep. Showcasing hundreds of independent producers and farm shops within Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, it is the perfect platform for festival goers to sample some of Ludlow Food Centre’s handmade produce.

Ludlow Food Festival

Serving an array of foodie delights from artisan cheeses, ice-cream and hand-roasted coffee, to scratch-baked bread, cuts of Estate-reared lamb and award-winning butchery products, as well as handmade scotch eggs and sausage rolls, it is the perfect opportunity to speak to the real artisans that make Ludlow Food Centre’s food so special. Visit their festival marquee between 9-11 September to gain an insight in the award-winning farm shop, based just two miles north of Ludlow on the A49, in the village of Bromfield.

As one event on the food calendar ends, another begins – and so we look forward to British Food Fortnight from September 187 to October 2, where there are few places more appropriate to celebrate than at Ludlow Food Centre. When more than 50% of everything sold there is handmade on site, and a further 30% sourced from Shropshire’s three surrounding counties of Powys, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, it epitomises the importance of British food, and supporting local producers. Many of its vegetables are sourced from Lady Windsor’s Walled Garden, just half a mile away on the Oakly Park Estate.

But, for Ludlow Food Centre, fresh, local and handmade food is very much a year-round operation – and with its 10th birthday around the corner in 2017, it’s testament to the fact that now, supporting local is more important and exciting than ever before.

Ludlow Food Centre

 

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Louise Welsby

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Meet the Producer: Black Mountains Smokery

1st August 2016

Ludlow Food Festival meets Black Mountain Smokery

Black Mountains Smokery

 

We had the pleasure of getting to know Jo from Black Mountains Smokery in the next in our Meet the Producer blog series. With only 5 weeks to go until the Ludlow Food Festival, we thought you would like to know a little bit more about our wonderful producers….

Name: 

Jo Carthew (Smokey Jo)

Occupation:  

Co-Owner and Director of Black Mountains Smokery with my husband Jonathan (Smokey!)

In three words describe your business:

Oak Smoked Foods

Tell us in 140 characters what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

Traditionally smoked fish, meats & cheese to try and buy, a gorgeous selection of gourmet gifts & hampers all served up with friendly serving advice & recipe ideas.

How did the business start?

The doors of Black Mountains Smokery opened in February 1996 after several months of product development. Then the real process of building a business began. As a family run business we have strived to maintain our original commitment, "making really good food even better" and serving it up with good old fashioned service.

Jo and Jonathan of Black Mountains Smokery

We have developed a fresh, delicious and sustainable range of traditional smoked salmon, fish, meats, duck, poultry and cheese delivered to you with friendly and reliable service.  From frighteningly small beginnings, nearly 20 years on, our local artisan food produces a healthy turnover, servicing both the local rural community and a very loyal, ever increasing customer base further afield.  Alongside fantastic support from both wholesale and retail customers, we can boast a long list of Food Awards  as well as some wonderful press coverage and testimonials.

It’s all hands on deck! The Carthews — Jonathan, Jo, Hetta (22) and Hugh (20) - are often to be seen at food festivals and fairs working together. In addition to the family we have two loyal employees in production, Ryan & Mark and this year we welcome Sally to the team for her Student Placement in Industry Year from Harper Adams University. We also handpick an enthusiastic bunch of seasonal helpers, (most often family or friends in their gap year), to help us through the mad autumn and run up to Christmas.

Black Mountains Smokery

We are really proud to be part of what is now a vibrant and passionate local food community in the Brecon Beacons. From producers to plate this area is home to a wealth of fabulous food as well as several of the best food festivals in the land!  

What do you like making the most? Have you got a favourite product/dish?

I love entertaining but I am always busy – so I love using our smoked produce which is healthy, ready to eat and lovely to share!

Our Oak Roasted Salmon, garnished and simply served at room temperature with favourite salads (Ottolenghi is my current favourite!), minted new potatoes and a dill cream sauce. 

Smoked Foods

What is your best selling product/dish? Why do you think this is?

Our Smoked Gressingham Duck breast has won more than 12 food awards in 20 years.  It is rich yet delicate in flavour and perfect served thinly sliced in a salad or canape with anything fruity.  After classic smoked salmon this is the number one favourite for our mail order customers because it is so easy and economical to use and totally scrumptious.

Smoked Gressingham Duck

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?

I am really proud of our smokery business which celebrates 21 years in February.  Starting from scratch we have built up an ever increasing loyal following and a consistently excellent product range served up with friendly reliable service. This business has brought up our children!

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

I love the atmosphere at Ludlow Food Fest – there is a real buzz with live music, a great variety of food stalls and shows and visitors genuinely interested in food.  I only wish I could escape from my stall for long enough to attend one the presentations! It’s great in all weather's but simply brilliant when the sun shines!

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Green

Favourite Food? Smoked Salmon

 

Favourite Restaurant? The Felin Fach Griffin

Hobby? Horses

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? Ludlow

 

Make sure you visit Black Mountains Smokery at the Festival this year. You can also find them online at http://www.smoked-foods.co.uk

 Sugar Loaf

Interview by Louise Welsby

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Flower and White: Appetite for Success

1st August 2016

Flower & White

Flower & White are the award winning innovators behind a range of gourmet sweet treats - Merangz, Muffinz, Tweeners and Custardz. Now a nationally recognised brand, the company started off from humble roots. Originally known as The Little Round Cake Company Ltd, Flower & White began life on a stand at a local market selling ‘Tweeners’. A loyal fan base with an appetite for more, led to Merangz - the ultimate in luxury meringues - followed by Custardz and gluten free Muffinz. They haven't looked back since re-branding as Flower & White in 2015, creating inspiring desserts for both retail and foodservice - the perfect indulgence.

 

From Flower & White...

Mountainous Merangz

Each and every Merangz - giant and bite - is handmade from the finest ingredients and British free range eggs. They are slow baked to a traditional Swiss recipe to give a light meringue, bursting with natural flavours. They are also naturally gluten free, with many varieties suitable for vegetarians, fat free, or low fat. Merangz are true showstoppers. and are available in many delicious flavours, including award winning Pistachio, and White Chocolate & Raspberry. 

MOUNTAINOUS MERANGZ 

Pavlova Supernova - NEW FOR 2016

Delicious Pavs, produced specially for hospitality, are perfect for creating simple desserts with masses of plate appeal. Deliciously light and airy, these single portion desserts are simply bursting with natural flavours. They are also naturally gluten free, fat free and suitable for vegetarians. Flower & White Pavs are available for foodservice in three flavours - Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate.

The Inbe-Tweeners

Not too big, yet not too small - just perfectly 'in-between'. Tweeners break the mould - three inch tall light and airy superior sponges lavishingly filled 'in-between' with oodles of handmade curds, compotes and buttercream. Hand finished and made using only the finest ingredients, they are available in a variety of tempting flavours including Caramel Latte, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Triple Chocolate. Perfect for sharing....

 Tweeners

Cracking Custardz

Smooth, creamy dessert custard made with the finest, British free range eggs and double cream, enriched with layers of sauce or compote to give a taste sensation - hot or cold. Made from 100% natural ingredients, Custardz are not only versatile - they are also gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Discover Madagascan Vanilla, Sticky Toffee, Belgian Chocolate, Strawberry and Passionfruit Curd.

Curstardz

Muffinz with Stuff In - NEW FOR 2016

Expect the unexpected with Flower & White's delicious gluten free Muffinz. Beautifully light with exceptional fillings and full of flavour, these muffins are handmade with the best quality ingredients available, natural flavours and British free range eggs. Available in White Chocolate & Raspberry, Salted Caramel, Triple Chocolate, Lemon Curd, Blueberry and Coffee Caramel.

Muffinz 

Eggs-citing Eggz

Ready to use hand separated free range liquid egg yolks which are perfect for chefs and caterers. Flower & White use Freedom Foods accredited quality local free range eggs, sourced from the heart of rural Shropshire - where hens roam in vast grassy fields day in, day out. The liquid egg yolks are perfect as an ingredient in so many different ways. From curds, brulées and custards to ice creams, sauces and fresh pasta.

 Eggz

Leanne Crowther, Co Founder of Flower & White, said: "From our humble roots and organic growth, Flower & White have retained authenticity and quality to become a much loved and nationally recognised brand. We produce premium quality products under the Flower & White brand, and also for others under own label. We are looking forward to continuing to grow and launch into new distribution and markets, with our collection of innovative products."


From Flower & White Sales & Marketing Team.



Louise Welsby

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Meet the Producer: Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine

1st August 2016

Ludlow Food Festival Meets Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine

Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine

 

Born out of love of Mexico and Mexican Food combined with a desire to break out of the grind of 9-5, Helen Dowen created Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine. Now they travel the UK bringing their fantastic Mexican cuisine to the masses. I had the pleasure of interviewing Helen as part of our Meet the Producer blog series as we get ready for the Ludlow Food Festival 2016.

Name: 

Helen Dowen

Occupation:  

Partner of Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine

In three words describe your Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine: 

Tasty, Spicy & Authentic

Tell us in 140 characters what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

We cook our own authentic recipe Mexican food from scratch using genuine Mexican spices and peppers.  Its typical Mexican street food found on the streets of Mexico.

Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine

How did you start?

Fed up with the usual 9-5 daily grind, we wanted to do something completely different that we were passionate about.  We love Mexican food so decided to get out and about to great events instead of sitting behind a desk.

What do you like making the most? Have you got a favourite dish?

The Pork Carnitas is a personal favourite, not too hot but very tasty and tender.  Its cooked for 8 hours in a blend of spices and orange juice.

What is our best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

We can never guess from one event to the next what is going to be popular, it changes by the week!  But our Burritos seem to be very popular, probably due to the mix of flavours and generous portions!

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?

We took the plunge and ventured into something completely different, and we are proud of what we’ve achieved so far.

Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

3 days of meeting lots of wonderful people, in a wonderful location at one of the best food festivals in the UK.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?  Purple

Favourite Food? Mexican of course! But I also love Chinese food and I am very partial to good quality ice cream

Favourite Restaurant? The Mulberry or Pomodoros in Bewdley

Hobby? Not a lot of time for hobbies in the summer, but I do love all animals and nature.  Our business has become our hobby!

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? Well obviously Ludlow!

Ludlow Castle

 

Make sure you sample some yummy Mexican street food at the Festical. You can also find Loco Lobo Mexican Cuisine on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Locolobocuisine/?fref=ts

 

Interview by Louise Welsby

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Meet the Producer: French Flavour

1st August 2016

Ludlow Food Festival Meets French Flavour  

French Flavour Logo

We love the fact the the Fetsival has a continental feel, whilst still promoting and supporting local businesses and producers. In today’s Meet the Producer interview we meet Ian Rowley from French Flavour. If you have a passion for French food then look no further that this wonderful business. 

Name:

Ian Rowley

Occupation:  

Business Manager

Ian Rowley

In three words describe your business:

Artisan Food Drink

Artisan French Foods

Tell us in 140 characters what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival?

Ludlow Food Festival falls at the perfect time of year for us, as our best seasonal produce has just arrived from France, garlic varieties, shallots, onion strings and lots of other goodies including a large range of saucisson.

How did the business start?

13 years ago with alcohol fuelled prompting from French friends who also happened to be producers.

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

Violet Garlic Strings, we look forward to their arrival from the farms each year, this fresh, powerful garlic variety signals the start of the French garlic season!

French Flavour Garlic

What is your best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

Smoked Garlic, the aroma, the look and of course the taste is just amazing and we have customers anticipating its arrival for weeks in advance.

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of?

The proudest moment was one of the least impressive, it was selling out first item, a jar of tapenade at our first food festival 12 years ago and thinking, Hmmmm, you know what this could work!

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

I love the buzz of the crowds at Ludlow, it's a different foodie audience to other places, it's our best event of the year as people seem to really appreciate what we’re trying to do. Also can't wait to get another fillet steak from Great Berwick Organics who only do a couple of events each year, but their steak is amazing!

French Flavour

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Green

Favourite Food? Thai believe it or not!

Favourite tipple? Vin rouge with some creamy blue cheese

Favourite Restaurant? It's a farm shop in north eastern France called Vergers Ateliers, they sell the local tarte au maroilles with a glass of biere de garde….delicious and simple!

Hobby? Eating and chatting!

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? Love the Shropshire hills and I've got the blisters to prove it!

 

Make sure you get some French Flavour at this year's festival. You can aslo find them online: http://www.frenchflavour.co.uk

 

Interview by Louise Welsby

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Meet the Producer: A Little Bit Food Co.

1st August 2016

Ludlow Food Festival Meets A Little Bit Food Co.

A Little Bit Food Co.

Inspired by the incredible versatility of fresh herbs and coming from a long line of avid gardeners and foodies, it was only natural for Sophie Lane Fox to start her own business bringing all of this together. We had the pleasure of talking to Sophie about A Little Bit Food Co. who will be exhibiting at this year’s Ludlow Food Festival.

Name: 

Sophie Lane Fox

Occupation:  

Owner/Founder – Food Producer

Sophie Lane Fox

In three words describe A Little Bit Food Co.: 

Versatile, Fresh Herbs

Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival? 

A Little Bit champions the use of fresh herbs, with each recipe capturing a just-picked taste. I initially launched a range of four versatile dips, dressings and marinades.

 A Little Bit Food Dressings

The collection is now being expanded with the introduction of A Little Bit Saucy. Continuing the herbalicious theme, the collection includes Rosemary & Tomato Ketchup and a Spicy Tomato & Sage Pasta Sauce.  Inspired to deliver quick and simple mealtime solutions - the range benefits from the use of wholesome, natural ingredients and offers retailers an eye-catching collection of condiments.At the Ludlow Food Festival, A Little Bit is also releasing a beautiful gift set containing 100ml bottles of each of the four original dressings - Balsamic & Thyme, Red Onion & Parsley, Raspberry & Mint and Lemon & Tarragon combination.

Dressings Gift Box

Discover A Little Bit’s delicious dressings and sauces that make meals a little bit more exciting.

How did you start?

My family always made a version of the Red Onion & Parsley Dressing when I was a child, everyone used to love it! So, moving forward quite some years, my husband persuaded me to make some bottles and sell them at the school Fete!  They all sold out and people kept asking for more so A Little Bit was born!

Have you got a favourite product? Why?

Balsamic & Thyme as it’s is a truly versatile dressing; It can be used as a marinade, dip, sauce and cooking ingredient to add a dash of flavour to so many meals. I love thyme, it’s an invaluable herb to use in cooking as it can transform so many dishes.

Balsamic abd Thyme Dressing

What is our best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

Really all seem to sell in equal quantities – everyone has a different favourite – or they can’t decide so buy one of each! 

With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my recipes and that they get such a great response from everyone who tries them.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

The opportunity to get my products in front of a wider audience and also the chance to meet other local producers.  It will be fantastic to be part of such an established and well know local event.

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Green

Favourite Food? Salad!!

Favourite tipple? Rose wine

Favourite Restaurant? La Gavroche – a truly one off experience was lucky enough to be taken there once!

Hobby? Gardening and breeding pigs!

 

Visit A Little Bit Food Co at the Festival and online: http://www.alittlebit.co.uk


Interview by Louise Welsby

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Ludlow Food Festival Meets Festival Sponsor, NETHERTON FOUNDRY.

1st August 2016

Ludlow Food Festival Meets Festival Sponsor,

NETHERTON FOUNDRY.

Netherton Foundry Logo  

Netherton Foundry is one of the most well-known and well respected brands in the UK. Leaders in their field, their range of handmade iron housewares has earnt them fans in all culinary quarters, with many celebrity chefs endorsing them. As well as being Festival sponsors, Netherton Foundry will be providing all the pans for the demo stages, so you will have plenty of opportunity to see their fantastic products in action if you have not done so before. I had the pleasure of talking to Netherton Foundry designer, Neil, in our Meet the Producer blog series.  

 

Name: 

Neil

Occupation:  

Designer

In three words describe Netherton Foundry: 

Iron housewares with provenance (YES, I KNOW IT'S 4!!)

Netherton Foundry

How did Netherton Foundry start?

A discussion in the pub with my best friend.

Have you got a favourite Netherton Foundry product? Why?

The glamping pan, because I can take it everywhere.

Netherton Foundry Glamping Pan

What is our best-selling product? Why do you think this is?

The slow cooker, because it's the ONLY one made in Britain, possibly even Europe and Nigella loves it.

Netherton Foundry Slow Cooker

With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of? 

My 2 children.

What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?

Well Sue is most looking forward to meeting Kay Plunkett Hogge.

Kay Plunkett Hogg 

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour? Bright red

Favourite Food? Daal

Favourite tipple? Ludlow Ales

Favourite Restaurant? Momo No Ki, Shrewsbury

Hobby? Rock climbing

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? Ippikins Rocks, Wenlock Edge

 

 

Visit http://www.netherton-foundry.co.uk to view all their wonderful products.

 

Interview by Louise Welsby

Buy-From Shropshire

http://www.buy-from.com/shropshire/

 

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