A few weeks ago, I went to the Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival for the first time and absolutely loved it! It seemed to have so much more atmosphere than other more traditional food events as the majority of the stalls were located in the castle and its grounds. It was much more interesting to walk around than the NEC!
We started our wandering around the castle and spotted one of many Ludlow Food Centre stalls. They were selling everything from bread, cheese, jams and pickles. We brought some garlic and rosemary that looked and did taste delicious. We next moved onto Appleyard’s Deli, from Shrewsbury stall and tried a very unusual damson cheese. It was strange but very yummy. They also had my favourite Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese so we brought a large chunk of this too. We then went to Churchfield’s Ice Cream and tried their Worcestershire Plum flavour ice cream. It tasted quite nice but was a bit tart for my liking.
We next saw a new arrival to the UK, a Big Green Egg. A Big Green Egg is a BBQ, smoker, oven and grill all in one. I instantly wanted one. The staff were cooking lots of food to demonstrate them and we tasted some amazing steak, chicken, mackerel and pork. We saw Will Holland and Alan Murchison being shown how to use them so if its good enough for them, its good enough for me!
Next, we met up with fellow Midland’s Food Bloggers, Louise of Comida Y Vida and Kath of The Ordinary Cook. We had a great foodie chat and went and met long term MFB friend, Sarah of Brockhall Farm Goats Cheese whose cheese we tasted and fell in love with at our first meet up. Sarah has recently re-branded her products and made some wonderful new varieties of her already fabulous goats cheese. Unfortunately, as I am pregnant unpasteurised fresh cheese is off the menu so I was not able to try any of her new cheeses. However, I am ensured by Louise and Kath that they are very yummy.Kath went off to judge the sausages on the Sausage Trail and Louise and I went carried on walking around the castle seeing the sights.
We saw apples being pressed to make cider and saw pizzas being cooked in a wood fired pizza oven. I enjoyed finding Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese as I have heard about how wonderful his cheese is for ages and not been able to try it. I loved his Wrekin White and Newport cheeses. We rounded off the day visiting Nurses Cottage where I purchased a lovely mulled plum cordial that will be perfect for Christmas.
Overall, it was an amazing day and I am already planning my visit there next year!