Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

What is there to do?

September 2019 saw our very special 25th Anniversary Ludlow Food Festival - it was a wonderful celebration of food and drink from the Marches area. With 3 bumper days, full to the brim and celebrating some of the finest producers and chefs of the region, it was a wonderful weekend!

2020 promises even more - and as always you will be guaranteed FREE talks, demonstrations and tastings across Ludlow's three main stages including the Wots Cooking Stage (Inner Bailey), Graeme Kidd Stage (Outer Bailey) and The Fire Stage (Outer Bailey). We also have the ever-popular Bake In Time Stage (Inner Bailey) and the Aardvark Festival Bookshop (Castle Gardens). Each stage hosts different Chef,  Producer and Speaker appearances every day of the Festival. 

2019's line up included: 

  • Superstar chef and meat fanatic, Gareth Ward, from the Michelin starred and 5 AA rosette Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms near Machynlleth
  • Redefining plants was 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 shared inspiration from his latest cookery book ‘A Flash in the Pan’
  • Awarding winning food historian and writer, Angela Clutton gave a special peek inside ‘The Vinegar Cupboard’
  • 3rd generation restaurateur, TV chef and food writer, Kwoklyn Wan revealed the secrets to cooking perfect Chinese takeaway dishes

Over on the popular Fire Kitchen stage...

... were some of the best live-fire cooking demos around!

2019 featured among others:

The Aardvark festival bookshop saw...

Chefs and food experts from the Marches area:

And that'S just for starters!

Talks & Tastings - these interactive sessions are your chance to 'meet the producers' as well as sample what they have to offer! From herbs, vegan street food, foraging and butchery - we like to cover it all!

There are also Slow Food workshops and masterclasses, which aren't included in your ticket price - but all the talks and chef demonstrations are completely FREE! 

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A chef doing a demonstration

11th, 12th & 13th
September 2020

Inside Ludlow Castle with more than 180 local food and drink producers and suppliers: real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches, with samples and tastings.

A musician playing at ludlow spring festival

16th & 17th
May 2020

Held in Ludlow Castle, more than 200 real ales, 150 classic vehicles and live music all weekend. That’s not forgetting over 60 food and drink producers to discover!

Happy walkers following the mangalonga walk

Sunday 9th
August 2020

A food and drink walk of approximately 8 miles adapted from our Italian twin town. A unique experience for food lovers and those wanting to explore the Ludlow landscape.