Meet the Experts who will be at the Ludlow Food Festival

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September – Ludlow Castle, Shropshire

 
Rachel Roddy

Rachel Roddy

Steve Benbow with Alys Fowler

Steve Benbow with Alys Fowler

Allan Jenkins

Allan Jenkins

Ludlow Food Festival returns with a bang this September with a superb line-up of special guests alongside a huge range of top quality food and drink producers from across the Welsh Marches. Set in the beautiful ruins of Ludlow’s medieval Castle, Ludlow Food Festival was first established 24 years ago and is the oldest annual food festival in the UK.

Here are Q & As from some of the top foodies who will be appearing this year.

Five Mins With… Rachel Roddy award winning food writer, journalist and author

What are you most looking forward to at Ludlow Food Festival?
Everything, I have never been to Ludlow, so I am beyond excited. Also I have long been a fan of Claire (Thomson) and Matt’s food – years ago I made my parents take a huge detour to eat at their old restaurant- so I am thrilled to be cooking a meal with them then sitting down with everyone afterwards and drinking a glass of wine or two.

What’s your top tip for seasonal produce in September?
I love late tomatoes, the ones that are so full of sun they taste boozy, I always try and put some in jars and/or make sauce for the freezer.

What’s your best food hack/top shortcut?
e.g. freeze ripe bananas, learn to use a knife properly

Saving parmesan rinds for soup/stews, smuggling Marmite back to Rome to enrich meat stews. I should also learn to use a knife properly.

What’s your store cupboard essential/the one ingredient you couldn’t live without?
Olive oil

What’s your current favourite recipe?
I made a tomato risotto for lunch today, using water not stock, so I was worried it would be a bit bland, but it was an absolute cracker and I can’t wait to make it again, so I am going to say that.

Five Mins With… Steve Benbow, London Honey Company

What are you most looking forward to at Ludlow Food Festival?
The Ludlow Sausage Trail! My favourite is usually from Wall’s Butchers on the high street. It’s a highlight of the festival for the whole family.

What’s your top tip for seasonal produce in September?
Damsons – nothing beats a Shropshire prune! Lovely stewed with a little honey, swirled through a fool or served with meringue.

What’s your best food hack/top shortcut?
e.g. freeze ripe bananas, learn to use a knife properly Always keep your kitchen knives sharp.

What’s your store cupboard essential/the one ingredient you couldn’t live without?
A good jar of British honey! And sausages.

What’s your current favourite recipe?
It’s an old fashioned recipe, Lemon Surprise, it’s mostly eggs, lemons and butter, with a little sugar, milk and flour. When the mixture is baked you end up with a really light mouse on top and a saucy lemon curd in the bottom of the dish, delicious.

Five Mins With… Allan Jenkins, Editor Observer Food Monthly

What are you most looking forward to at Ludlow Food Festival?
I am slightly obsessed with Romy Gill’s vegetarian samosas, I wrote the intro to her new book on the promise of payment in them. As she is in Bristol and I am based in London, I might try insisting she brings me a box.

What’s your top tip for seasonal produce in September?
Probably plums in September, Victoria or Reine Claude greengages, at their best now, old golden with a pearl of juice. To be made into a plum and almond tart, preferably by Jeremy Lee.

What’s your best food hack/top shortcut?
e.g. freeze ripe bananas, learn to use a knife properly
Carry a pinch of Maldon salt when picking ripe tomatoes from the plant, if they split or the stem comes away, apply salt, suck or bite (whichever best works for you) enjoy the fruit (hopefully) warmed by the sun (I have need known to take good olive oil with me as well)

What’s your store cupboard essential/the one ingredient you couldn’t live without?
Hard this, might have to go with two: anchovies in olive oil, either the long posh long, flat Spanish tins or smoked anchovies, both to be eaten from tin with a fork or fingers. Alternatively ground Kashmiri chilli, an astonishing red, fruity, hot, perfect with anything especially fried eggs or avocado

What’s your current favourite recipe?
Mad as it sounds, I rarely if ever use recipes, though I own a lot of books, have been cooking for ever, a rotation of dishes, depending on what looks good on the plot or in the shops, otherwise store cupboard essential, hard to beat: garlic, anchovies, olives tomato sauce, more of each than might at first feel comfortable, served with good dry linguini

The Ludlow Food Festival opens on Friday 7th September from 10am-5pm, Saturday 8th from 10am-6.30pm and Sunday 9th from 10am-5pm.

Adult day tickets range from £8-£12 per day with Family Tickets ranging from £20-£24.

Full details and the latest line-up can be found at www.ludlowfoodfestival.co.uk

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