I recently visited the original food festival, Ludlow Food Festival almost two weeks ago. The festival, which is about one hour away from where I live and set in the historic and picturesque town of Ludlow has been on my radar for some time. I've visited Ludlow once before, a few years ago and probably spent less than a couple of hours there so I was almost a newbie to this town and the food festival. Ludlow Food Festival is based in stunning Ludlow castle, the approach to the food festival is very food oriented, you walk past the local food market selling a range of beautiful seasonal English produce.
The various stall holders were underneath tents which was brilliant for someone like me who doesn't like the rain and was worried about the weather. I spent time admitting the 100-150 exhibitors who were all offering local artisan producers. There were a steady hand of samples to try, but what I really liked is the stalls that I visited is that all the stall holders took time to explain their product, the techniques used and the passion really shined through from each stall holder.
From scrumptious breads, Mediterranean olives, blissful brownies, oils, flavoursome drinks and gorgeous cakes, there really is something for every food lover. I also noticed that a lot of the items were on sale was significantly cheaper compared to other food festivals that I have attended.
There were a hosts of kitchen demonstrations and happenings going on. Graeme Kidd Stage which offered top chefs as did Wots Cooking Stage which offered demonstrations from head chefs, Masterchefs and food writers. Also, there were lots of interesting food talks, masterchefs, slow food taste workshops and pop up restaurants. I wish I had planned my day better and took full advantage of the different talks that were happening as with most things food related, you can always learn more about a particular cuisine or ingredients for example.
I was only able to watch Andrew Birch, head chef at Fishermore Hall, Ludlow. Andrew showcased how to cook a lovely hake with chorizo, wiltered spinach.
One thing that I did notice at Ludlow Food Festival, was there a number of families attending, much more than other food festivals. With a dedicated children's corner this food festival is very child friendly (I observed some face painting which looked fun).
Ludlow Food Festival tickets cost £8.50 per adult, £2 per child and £20 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 children).
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary tickets to Ludlow Food Festival.