Taste Workshops

Slow Food Taste Workshops

A Slow Food Taste Workshop offers you the opportunity to taste a succession of different examples of a particular food or drink under the guidance of the people who produce it and the chefs who cook with it. Come and hear their stories and sample the delicious results.

‘Absolutely brilliant, very informative and the food and wine were lovely.’
‘Good variety of dishes, most of which I would never have chosen in a restaurant’

Each workshop lasts about an hour and takes place in Ludlow Castle's splendid Beacon Room, which is accessed from the garden area inside the castle, via entry into the Ludlow Food Festival in Ludlow Castle, where many of the Festival events are taking place.

For online booking and payment - please visit the Slow Food Ludlow

Some events get booked up quickly so to avoid disappointment book early. Remaining tickets will also be on sale during the Food Festival

Taste Workshops 2016

FRIDAY 9th September

12.00noon Flavours of North Africa

Join two inspirational cooks to explore the distinctive cultures, tastes and techniques of Egyptian and Moroccan cuisine. Marina Ibrahim of 'Cooking like Cleopatra' shares her favourite family dishes, including ful medames and ta’ameya, followed by two of Sophie Browne's exquisite M'hencha 'coiled snake' pastry cakes. Served with hibiscus tea.

Members £14/Non-members £16

2.00pm The Salt of the Sea

What makes Halen Mon salt from Anglesey so special that it has Protected Designation of Origin status? Alison Lea-Wilson will tell the story of its production with comparative tastings of different salts. We will experience how their differently seasoned salts are used in an amazing range of products, from Bloody Marys to popcorn. Are you ready to try Umami or Charcoal salt?

Members £8/Non-members £10

4.00pm The Land Where Lemons Grow

Helena Attlee's book The Land Where Lemons Grow is a portrait of Italy unlike any other - a heady blend of food and drink with travel, history, politics and medicine. Winner of The Guild of Food Writers 'Food Book of the Year' in 2015, it has been a Sunday Times Bestseller and was among the Times Literary Supplement's Books of the Year. Helena will give us an entertaining illustrated talk about some of the rare citrus fruits protected by Slow Food Italy, while offering us a unique opportunity to taste some unusual citrus products such as Candied Chinotto in Maraschino Liqueur and Sicilian Mandarin Marmalade, that have been specially imported from Italy for the workshop.

Members £14/Non-members £16

6.00pm  The Contadina's Tuscan Kitchen

From the pure clean simplicity of Northern Tuscany to rich and decadent Siena via Florence, Tuscan cooking styles and ingredients vary from north to south, coast to hills, river to forest. Nadia Lord will illustrate these differences with a range of traditional Tuscan dishes from her grandmother's kitchen. Served with wine from La Vialla biodynamic vineyard.

Members £16/Non-members £18

SATURDAY 10th September

12.00noon  A Welshman's Charcuterie

We welcome back Illtud Dunsford of Charcutier Ltd, winner of this year’s BBC Food and Farming ‘Best Producer’ award. Illtud will share with us his exciting range of heritage charcuterie made from ‘Slow Food  Ark of Taste’ pedigree Welsh pigs and Badger-faced Welsh Mountain lamb.  He also uses rose veal from calves fed on whey from cheese-makers Hafod Organic Cheese. Served with cider, perry and beer.

Members £14/Non-members £16

2.00pm  Tales from the Riverside

Andy Link, chef/patron of the Riverside Inn at Aymestrey on the river Lugg in Herefordshire will be representing Slow Food Ludlow at the Salone del Gusto in Turin this year. For this workshop Andy will illustrate his commitment to sustainability by creating a tasting menu with what is most fresh, local and seasonal; maybe trout from the river, wild rabbit, nuts and berries from the countryside, honey and lots of produce from his garden. Served with local cider.

Members £16/Non-members £18

4.00pm Slow Cheese and Wine

A guided tasting of four award-winning Italian artisan cheeses from the Slow Food Ark of Taste, expertly paired with three different proseccos and a cabernet from organic vineyard Cantina Pizzolato. Emilia Ltd are recognised importers of the highest quality produce from Italy, are regulars at Borough Market and work closely with Slow Food accredited producers.

Members £14/Non-members £16

6.00pm Improve your Gin-eral Knowledge

Join Philippa Cook on a voyage of discovery and test your ‘Gin-eral Knowledge’ in this gin tasting workshop. Based in Ironbridge, Moonshine and Fuggles have become Shropshire’s leading specialist gin retailer.They also stock a vast array of world whiskies, rum, vodka and real ales!  Philippa will take you on a botanical journey as you taste six very different styles of premium distilled gins, neat and with appropriate mixers.

Members £16/Non-members £18

SUNDAY 11th September

12.00noon Goats from the Golden Valley

Sophie Griffiths-Goddard is the chef/patron of the Cider Barn at Dunkerton's Cider Mill. She loves to experiment with Herefordshire's wonderful local produce and has teamed up with Rob Roberts of Golden Valley Goats to explore the importance of promoting goat meat. Sophie will demonstrate the possibilities of this remarkably versatile meat in a variety of dishes, served with a glass of wine from John Villar wines.

Members £16/Non-members £18

2.00pm The Downton Year

In the timeless setting of Old Downton Lodge, which nestles deep in the  countryside near Ludlow, chef/patron Karl Martin creates a daily changing  menu for which he draws inspiration from local produce including foraged and wild food. Karl will lead you through a mini tasting menu of restaurant dishes which utilise the abundance of the seasons, fresh, pickled and preserved. Experience the full flavours of Old Downton accompanied by a tasting of Tanners wines.

Members £16/Non-members £18

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