Ludlow Food Festival 2017

The Ludlow Food Festival is the UK’s first ever Food Festival and celebrates it’s 23rd year in 2017 starting on Friday 8th September and lasting through Sunday 10th September.

Ludlow Food Festival

Ludlow Food Festival

The festival features real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches. Many of the more than 180 local food and drink suppliers offer samples and tastings at the main festival venue Ludlow Castle.

The Festival objective is to celebrate the quality and diversity of the superb independent food and drink producers and suppliers across Shropshire, Ludlow and the Marches.

There are also many food-related events including:

  • the famous Ludlow Sausage trail
  • the Ale trail
  • the Gorilla trail

You can find more information about these trails at the Ludlow Food Festival Web site here.

The Festival also features a series of hands-on Masterclasses where you can try your hand at:

  • making your own sushi
  • preparing a Thai Green Curry
  • Pork Pie making

The image at the top of this blog post is copyright Ludlow Food Festival.

Like a Beer Festival – But Better!

Question:

What combines 200 real ales, 60 passionate local food and drink producers with a mix of toe tapping live music and over 180 spectacular classic cars?

Answer:

The Ludlow Spring Festival

The Ludlow Spring Festival 2017 is a combination of the 8th Ludlow Spring Festival and the 32nd Marches Transport Festival and takes place in the beautiful surrounds of Ludlow Castle and at various Ludlow streets and the market square..

The event typically also features:

  • Taste Workshops
  • Festival Sausage Trail
  • Festival Loaf Trail
  • Real Ale Trail
  • Pudding Tasting
  • Sunday Specialist Food Market

Over 150 small independent food and drink producers from the Marches will be present and offering samples and sales of hot and cold food along with demonstrations, talks and hands-on workshops.

There is also a “Festival Pub” where you can enjoy “Meet the Brewer” sessions where brewers from some of the regions brewers – Hobsons Brewery, Corvedale Brewery, Brecon Brewing, Wye Valley Brewery, Ludlow Brewing Company – will answer your questions and guide you through beer tastings.

You can find more information at the Ludlow Spring Festival Web site.

Clun Castle Information

Within a previous blog post I described Clun Castle as one of the many castles built by the Normans along the Welsh Marches.

Even though Clun Castle is a Grade 1 listed building, the castle and grounds are free to enter under the management of English Heritage who have provided several information boards located at various points around and within the castle ruins.

These boards offer more detailed information as shown in the example below.

Clun Castle Information - A Border Fortress

Clun Castle Information – A Border Fortress

 

This board shows an artists impression of Clun Castle as it was thought to look in 1300.

The excerpt below from the information board offers a concise outline of the role of these castles:

After the Norman Conquest in 1066, the border between Wales and England remained an unsettled area. William the Conqueror granted lands here to his followers to defend the border. These men became powerful marcher lords, ruling their lands independently of royal control.

The image below is an aerial view of Clun Castle ruins and the surrounding area.

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive

 

The image Aerial View of Clun Castle shown above is used with the kind permission of Historic England Archive whose copyright in the image is fully acknowledged. The image may not be used or reproduced without the permission of Historic England Archive who are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. Historic England champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

The Ludlow Food Festival 2016

Ludlow Food Festival 2016

Ludlow Food Festival 2016

The Ludlow Food Festival is now in its 21st year and has become the highlight of the many food events held in Shropshire, and is praised as one of the best Food Festivals in the UK.

This year the Ludlow Food Festival runs from Friday 9th September through Sunday 11th September at the main venue of Ludlow Castle.

The Festival objective is to celebrate the quality and diversity of the superb independent food and drink producers and suppliers across Shropshire, Ludlow and the Marches. This year the Festival hosts more than 180 local food and drink producers who are displaying their wares and offering samples – you can try local sausages and meats, a wide range of locally brewed real ales and even puddings.

There are also many food-related events including:

You can find more information about these trails at the Ludlow Food Festival Web site here.

The Festival also features a series of hands-on Masterclasses where you can try your hand at:

  • making your own sushi
  • preparing a Thai Green Curry
  • Pork Pie making

Ludlow was described by Sir John Betjeman as “probably the loveliest town in England” and more recently has been called the gastronomic capital of Shropshire. Ludlow is 9 miles and 20 minutes by road from Folly View Let.