Ludlow Food Festival started life as an idea to promote small and independent food and drink producers, and attract more visitors to Ludlow and its attractions. It was, and still is, run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, who put on the festival each year in the grounds of Ludlow Castle. The combination of a tented village and town-wide events has attracted growing numbers to the festival, since it was first held in 1995.
It may just be a coincidence, but during the early days of the festival, Ludlow also became a magnet for a host of top chefs who opened establishments in the town and surrounding areas. Ludlow now has a host of top quality restaurants, and a food and drink festival, that are both well-known nationally, along with the top quality food and drink producers that help make it a success. The festival was designed to be a fun event too, so it’s no surprise that it’s also famed for events such as the Sausage Trail, and competitions for Pork Pies, Cakes, and Sandwiches.
Today, the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival runs over three days, normally in September. Events vary from year to year, but in the castle grounds you can expect to see suppliers selling everything from cookery books and cheese, to cider, ice cream, and smoked meats. Festival organisers also arrange a selection of taste workshops and talks from expert producers/chefs, entertainment, and a program of events around the town. Fringe events in Ludlow during 2011 included a bread trail visiting Ludlow bakers, and the chance to meet food producers from French and Italian towns twinned with Ludlow.
If you’d like to check out this event, Ludlow Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on accommodation and travel to the food festival, which is sure to be a feast for the senses.