Take a Bite of the Original Festival for Food & Drink Lovers 13th – 15th September 2019

The UK’s first-ever food festival, Ludlow, celebrates its Silver Jubilee this September

The 2017 Ludlow Food Festival seen from the great tower. Photo: Shropshire and Beyond

To mark this momentous milestone, Ludlow Food Festival is hosting a spectacular line up of demonstrations, talks, workshops and tastings – as well as showcasing 180 top-quality local food and drink producers from across the Marches.

A Jubilee of Deliciousness

Held in the stunning historic surroundings of the town’s medieval Castle, the Festival features 4 live cooking demonstration stages. Attracting some of the most eminent names on the food scene – from Michelin starred chefs to respected food writers – here are some of the big names confirmed for this year:

  • Superstar chef and meat fanatic, Gareth Ward, from the Michelin starred and 5 AA rosette Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms near Machynlleth
  • No big birthday is complete without cake, so baking expert, author, TV cook and food stylist, Juliet Sear is giving a special nod to the festival’s 25th birthday
  • Redefining plants will be Richard Buckley, chef and co-owner of the innovative vegan Acorn Restaurant in Bath
  • Always keen to show off local talent, Olivia Burt originally from Worcestershire, is the first woman to reach the Roux Scholarship Finals in four years
  • 2012’s GBBO winner, John Whaite will be sharing inspiration from his latest cookery book ‘A Flash in the Pan’
  • Awarding winning food historian and writer, Angela Clutton will be giving a special peek inside ‘The Vinegar Cupboard’
  • Named as one of the 100 most influential women in hospitality two years running, Emily Scott is the chef at The St Tudy Inn in Cornwall and recently appeared on Great British Menu
  • Andrew Tabberner, is a big fan of Ludlow having formerly worked under Will Holland at La Becasse, he has been Head Chef at The Loft Restaurant at The Bull Beaumaris since 2016
  • 3rd generation restaurateur, TV chef and food writer, Kwoklyn Wan reveals the secrets to cooking perfect Chinese takeaway dishes
  • On the Fire Kitchen stage: Ashley Palmer Watts (chef director of Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner), Colin McSherry (head chef at Gridiron), James Whetlor (Cabrito Goat), Ben Tish (culinary director of The Stafford London), Steve Lamb (River Cottage)
  • On the Aardvark Festival Bookshop stage: Allan Jenkins (OFM editor & author), Russell Norman (Polpo), Romy Gill MBE (Romy’s Kitchen), Ryan Riley (The Life Kitchen)
  • Excellent local talent Karl Martin from Old Downton Lodge (4 AA rosettes) and Andy Link from The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey
Putting artisan food on the map since 1995

Established to promote the incredible produce and independent food and drink makers that hail from the Welsh Marches, several of Ludlow Food Festival’s original exhibitors are still going strong with many new and exciting additions joining the Festival’s distinguished ranks. Throughout its history, Ludlow Food Festival has pushed the agenda on food issues – including waste and sustainability. To this end the Festival maintains its strong ties with the Slow Food movement, which continues to provide excellent workshops and masterclasses during the weekend.

Beyond the castle walls, visitors can also participate in the much-loved Sausage and Ale Trails; enjoy the hustle and bustle of weekend markets in Castle Square and explore the many independent retailers and restaurants that thrive in the area.

Still Tasting Great After 25 Years

Hannah Mackley, Events Manager explains; “As the birthplace of the British food festival, Ludlow has an unparalleled history. We have always been incredibly proud of the high calibre names that flock to be part of our event. This year, yet again we have a superb line-up to ensure our Jubilee year is a truly memorable one for the 15,000 visitors who come to enjoy this extraordinary event.”

Book discounted pre-Festival tickets and full details of the line-up at www.foodfestival.co.uk