11am – Paul Frith, Credibly Green - “Greening up your Workplace – measure it, manage it, shout about it!”
Credibly Green are measuring the environmental impacts of the Ludlow Food festival, and that of some exhibitor companies. Paul will be explaining why it is good business practice to develop environmental awareness and reduce impacts, as part of wider Corporate Social Responsibility. He will provide examples and outline the low cost environmental reporting service (Credibly Green) which provides data that will enable companies or other institutions to make improvements and deliver clear information for stakeholders, staff and the supply chain to understand where the organisation is, and that it takes its sustainability seriously.
12 Noon - Patrick McCorren, UKTI
1pm - Louise Welsby - Buy-From Shropshire - Supporting Local Producers on a Global Stage
Louise is the Director of Buy-From Shropshire, a dynamic business community supporting and championing independent Shropshire businesses, with a specific focus on those who make their own products in the county. Louise will be discussing the importance of supporting local producers and ways in which the shop local campaign can make an impact on a global stage.
2pm - Faye Easton - Pop-up Pitch - Founder of PopUp Pitch Markets & PopUp Hubs in Shropshire
In this session Fay will talk about the power of the popup economy to help you start and grow your business. Find space, meet brands, build customer relationships and more….
Fay Easton is a self-employed entrepreneur & freelance director of Shropshire Enterprise Partnership www.startupenterprise.co.uk as well as Regional Champion for Enterprise Nation. Fay also works with Transmit Start Ups and organises Government backed Start Up Loans, having helped over 500 start-ups since 2012 and organised over £2mn in government backed business finance.
Enterprises managed by Fay include:
A concept for PopUp markets to create an exciting trade environment, bringing edgy new brands into traditional markets.
Design and development of co-working hubs
3pm – Jan Minihane, Healthy Perspective - A ‘Healthy Perspective’ and Introduction to a Paleo Lifestyle
Jan is the owner of the UK’s largest Paleo & Clean Living Directory website, healthyperspective.co. A long-time advocate of a Paleo lifestyle, Jan will introduce you to why we should look back into our food past to move forward with a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. You’ll find out how moving to a predominantly grain, sugar and dairy-free lifestyle can improve your overall health, wellbeing and reduce the risk of some of our most prevalent modern diseases, including diabetes type II, heart disease and autoimmune conditions.
11am - 11.30am - Local Farming & Creating a Sustainable Rural Business
Join us for a Q&A with one half of Bennett & Dunn. Rupert and his wife Tracey started producing and selling Cold pressed Rapeseed Oil grown by Rupert on the farm less than 2 years ago and thanks both to their incredible product and the enthusiastic response by award winning Chefs, independent retailers and foodies throughout the UK, their business has gone from strength to strength. Rupert will tell us about why and how he and Tracey wanted to create a sustainable rural business and with your help, protect the British Countryside.
1pm - Harper Adams Universitys Edible Bugs
"Grasshoppers have roughly the same amount of protein as tuna steak or sirloin steak and locusts have much more fat than equivalent amounts of steak or tuna." Hear more about why bugs and insects will actually provide a valuable food source in the future!
2.30pm - Louise Welsby, Buy-From Shropshire - ‘Importance of Community: Growing Food & Drink Businesses Together’
Louise is the Director of Buy-From Shropshire, a dynamic business community supporting and championing independent Shropshire businesses, with a specific focus on those who make their own products in the county. Louise will be explaining how her business has grown – through network and community. She will be exploring ways in which we can enable our local economy to grow by supporting each other, highlighting producers who do this particularly well in our county.
4pm – Q&A with Shropshire Drinks Producers, Shropshire Spirit Company and Hop & Stagger
It is with great pleasure that we welcome to the stage three new Shropshire producers, James Crone of Shropshire Spirit Company, Bob Hayes from Hop and Stagger Brewery and Elizabeth Grinker of The Tipsy Tart. This will be a great opportunity to find out more about their businesses, but also ask questions about production and manufacturing in Shropshire and the support they have had to make it to the Ludlow Food Festival stage.
11am - Eleonora Galasso - As the Romans Do
Enjoy nothing more than a true insight into As the Romans Do from Instagram star and Roman native Eleonora Galasso as she transports us to the houses, the sanpietrini, the tiny side streets, the palazzo the traditions, the community and the hidden gems of this never ending, always eternal city. And from this, hear all about her fantastic recipe book and how it truely reflects #foodhappiness.
1pm - Shane Holland - Slow Food UK
Shane Holland, Executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK, speaks about how what we eat effects our landscape and communities that we live in. Weaving a narrative which takes in Cumbrian Hill farmers, Colombian Coffee producers, pork sales to China, farming in Shropshire and I can't believe its not butter. Shane can!"
3pm - Marie Kreft, Slow Travel Shropshire - Slow travel in Shropshire: Ten Discoveries of a Guidebook Writer
From mysterious graves and ruined castles to larger-than-life characters who have roamed its varied landscape, Shropshire is full of history and folklore. Today, overlaid on the county’s past, you’ll find an exciting gourmet scene, infinite walking opportunities, and visitor attractions to suit people of all ages and interests. Marie Kreft, award-winning travel writer and author of Slow Travel: Shropshire (Bradt Travel Guides, 2016), discusses the ‘happy problem’ involved in researching a guidebook on Shropshire, and reveals ten intriguing, unusual and/or life-affirming discoveries she made while exploring Salop the Slow way.
Marcus Bean brings together an amazing selection of chefs in an entertaining and interactive day which as always promises to bring fantastic food and the best chefs from across the UK.
The Sausage Trail; Ale Trail and Bread Trail take place on the Saturday + the Window Dressing Competition all weekend.