Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

Slow Food Taste Workshops - FRIDAY LINE UP


This year the workshops have a common theme...


In recognition of the Climate Emergency, Slow Food International is spearheading a campaign called Food For Change to shift food production and consumption towards a sustainable model. We as consumers can help lower carbon emissions and promote biodiversity by:

  • Eating less, but higher quality, meat including from rare breeds;
  • Buying from small-scale farmers with high environmental standards;
  • Cooking less popular types and cuts of meat and accepting “wonky” carrots and other vegetables;
  • Using more seasonal, local and organic products.

A Slow Food Taste Workshop offers you the opportunity to taste a succession of different examples of a particular food or drink guided by the people who produce it and the chefs who cook with it. Come and hear their stories and sample the delicious results.

Each workshop lasts about an hour and takes place in Ludlow Castle’s Beacon Room, which you enter via the garden area of the Ludlow Food Festival within the castle. Please note that entry on Friday evening (only) is by the external door to the Beacon Room to the right of the Castle entrance.  Sorry , but we are unable to meet specific dietary requirements.

Special Entry Fee Deal:
Entry to all workshops (except Friday evening) requires a Festival entrance ticket. If you're booking workshops on more than one day, please contact Ludlow Food Festival office on 01584 873957 or email for details of a special entry fee deal.

Any enquiries relating to the workshops or membership should be sent to

Friday 13th September

W1 12.00 Local is Best

How does a busy chef source the best ingredients? Andy Link of The Riverside Inn at Aymestrey in North Herefordshire believes passionately in working with a local community of small producers and foragers to get top quality on to his customers' plates.

Come and hear from chef/patron Andy, a member of the Slow Food Chef Alliance, about the challenges of running a sustainable and environmentally ethical business. You will try some of the delicious results including local mutton and a selection of produce from his and neighbouring orchards, garden and wild areas. Accompanied by a glass of beer from the Swan Brewery in nearby Leominster.

£16 + booking fee - Standard
£14 + booking fee - Slow Food Member

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W2 2.00 pm What's the Beef?

How can one make best use of all the meat from an animal? Peter Greig from Pipers Farm in Devon will explain how eating meat can be positive for the environment, how to find delicious cuts of beef in unexpected places and will lead you through a tasting to include several different steaks, osso buco and short ribs.

The family farm produces healthy, high-welfare food in a rugged landscape that is also a haven for wildlife. All their award-winning beef is Red Ruby, a slow-growing breed native to Exmoor and now in the Slow Food Ark of Taste. The cattle are 100% grass-fed and slowly grown until they naturally reach maturity at around three years old. The beef is hung on the bone for at least four weeks, to develop a wonderfully rounded depth of flavour and excellent marbling. Accompanied by a glass of red wine.

£18 + booking fee - Standard
£16 + booking fee - Slow Food Member

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W3 4.00 pm A Baker's World Tour

Local baker and author Holly Farrell's Little Biscuit Company is an artisan bakery that uses the finest local and natural ingredients to hand-make biscuits inspired by recipes from her world-wide travels.

You will taste some of the biscuits and cookies discovered on Holly's grand tour and hear the stories behind them. Sample the clean fresh flavour of the lemon sablé, the orange blossom water ghoriba from Morocco and the snickerdoodle - a squidgy chocolate cookie from America. Discover how Holly has taken a gingerbread family favourite from Switzerland and given it her own twist - and a new local name - and how she adds seasonal fruity flavours from her own jams to an Italian classic, the amaretti biscuit. Accompanied by a cup of mint tea, a glass of local dessert wine and a cup of Italian hot chocolate.

£10 + booking fee - Standard
£8 + booking fee - Slow Food Member

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W4 6.00 pm The Wine of The West!

Cider was once heralded as the finest drink on these shores. But today cider tends to be a by-word for something either manufactured and commodified, or rough and unappealing. It's time to change the way we think and drink cider.

Join The Ciderologist, Gabe Cook, as he demonstrates most entertainingly that cider and perry can have all of the finesse and elegance of a great wine and delves into the history and mystery of these special drinks. You will be tasting, amongst others, Fletcher's Red Oak - barrel aged cider with notes of vanilla, caramel and spice and Gospel Green - methode traditionelle cider exuding all of the brioche and herbaceous characters of a classic Champagne. There will be finger foods to accompany the drinks.

Please note that entry for this workshop (only) is by the external door to the Beacons Room to the right of the Castle entrance and does not require a Festival entrance ticket.

£16 + booking fee - Standard
£14 + booking fee - Slow Food Member




A chef doing a demonstration

9th, 10th & 11th
September 2022

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 singer at ludlow spring festival

14th & 15th
May 2022

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 14th
August 2022

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.