Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

Blacksmith Forge

Where: Castle Outer Bailey

NEW for 2019: Come and see how Joel Black creates his beautiful Chefs Knives. 

Joel will have a small forge on which he will demonstrate with his anvil and tools how he creates these unique kitchen knives. 


A chef for 17 years, and a blacksmith for 5. Joel has been head chef at a number of establishments in the UK, as well as working in kitchens in Italy and France.
After a cycle trip which took him to India, Joel decided to follow his passion and undertake a Ba Hons Degree in Artist Blacksmithing, to get to know everything he could about forging the perfect chef's knife.
He now lives that dream, working full time in the forge in Hereford, creating hand made custom blades for chefs all over the world.


Award winning craft artist, writer, lecturer, as well as part time chef - Holland teaches on the only degree in Artist Blacksmithing in the world, and helps in the day-to-day running of the business as well as finishing and handling the knives.
Whilst completing a MA in Contemporary Craft, Holland met Joel in a commercial kitchen, and has been working with him creatively ever since. Together they also run the Secret Underground Dumpling Club, a pop up Chinese restaurant where a lot of the knives are given their first road test. 



A chef doing a demonstration

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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

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August 2020

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