Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

Action for Refugees: building community through food

Where: Castle Garden Area of the Castle


Action for Refugees is a network of local community groups who are committed to supporting refugees and asylum seekers.

They are made up of not-for-profit charitable organisations working with local individuals, groups and schools to help refugees. Through Bearwood Action for Refugees and Kings Heath Action for Refugees, a range of community fundraising events are delivered to promote awareness, befriending, support and solidarity for refugees and asylum seekers living in Birmingham and the Black Country and those seeking safe passage across Europe.

Action for Refugees runs a wide range of individual projects and events – often the focus is around food and how it can bring communities together, for example:

This FREE talk will take place in the Aardvark Festival Bookshop, in the Castle Gardens area of the Castle.

Action for Refugees runs a wide range of events, but often the focus is on food - for example:

Community Lunches: These monthly family friendly events, in partnership with The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham, bring newly arrived families together with the local Bearwood community to cook and eat together. A number of different creative practitioners are brought in to provide children’s activities and local hostels, churches and organisations supporting asylum seekers and refugees publicise these events.

Welcome Walks: a monthly community lunch and walk to support newly arrived families and individuals in the South Birmingham area. Supported by Stirchley Library, Loaf, The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham and Change Kitchen, the purpose of the project is to offer a friendly welcoming, walking in free local spaces, parks and community gardens and working alongside creative practitioners to provide a range of activities.

There is also a recipe book available which has been compiled by Bearwood and Kings Heath Action for Refugees: This Cookbook Belongs To Us is a collection of recipes from Birmingham to Damascus, each with a different and personal story. The many cultures and cuisines enjoyed in Birmingham and Smethwick are celebrated, from home cooked meals passed through the generations, to show-stopping restaurant recipes. All proceeds from this book will aid refugees in transit.

Please visit for more information.



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

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Happy walkers following the mangalonga walk

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August 2020

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