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Ludlow Food Festival 2023 Shropshire, UK

8 September 2023 - 10 September 2023

£13.50 – £39

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Now a veteran of the UK food festival circuit, the first Ludlow Food Festival was held in 1995 when members of the local Chamber of Trade and Commerce decided a food festival would be a great way to promote local producers, and draw visitors to the market town on the Welsh borders.

Part of the festival’s enduring success is no doubt down to its most wonderful location, set in Castle Square with its open air market and the incomparable Ludlow Castle.

The town of Ludlow has gone on to attract top chefs from all over the country, including Shaun Hill of the Merchant House, David Wilson Lloyd, Ken Adams and Claude Bosi. All were drawn by the quality of the local produce.

Ludlow Food Festival 2023

The 2023 Festival will be held from 8 to 10 September. Further details should become available here.

Inside Ludlow Castle, marquees play host to more than 180 selected local producers of traditional food and drink. Festival rules dictate that only those producers in counties on both sides of the border with Wales can sell their wares at the festival.

Thomasina Miers at the Ludlow Food Festival c. Ashleigh Cadet
Thomasina Miers, the chef behind the Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca at the Ludlow Food Festival c. Ashleigh Cadet

Outside, the town of Ludlow is consumed by a series of trails, where visitors sample and vote on the best bread, ale and sausage. On the morning of the Saturday of the festival, some 2,000 people will buy a form that entitles them to join the Sausage trail and wander around the butchers in town giving marks out of ten for the best bangers.

With food talks and demos, several by Michelin chefs included in the ticket price, the Ludlow Food Festival really is a prime cut on the circuit.

The Town of Ludlow

On the banks of the Teme set in the Welsh Marches, Ludlow is a well-preserved medieval town with magnificent castle ruins and in St Laurence’s Church, one of the largest England parish churches. With more than 500 listed buildings, mainly Georgian and medieval, especially along Broad Street, many a poet has waxed lyrical about the beauty of the town for centuries.

The Inner Bailey of Ludlow Castle, seen from the Great Tower.
The Inner Bailey of Ludlow Castle, seen from the Great Tower, c. Shropshire Beyond
Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle was founded by Walter de Lacy shortly after the Norman conquest of 1066, making it one of the first stone castles built in England.

When is the Ludlow Food Festival 2023?

8 to 10 September, 20232.

Other Ludlow Festivals

Ludlow Spring Festival is on 12 and 14 May, 2023. Here the focus is more on ale than food, with 200 real ales and 150 classic cars, as well as live music all weekend, with some 50 food stalls as well.

Ludlow Magnalonga is a drink and food walk stretching for eight to 10 miles through the Marches on 13 August, this is sure to build up an appetite.

Fresh local produce. c. Shropshire and Beyond
Fresh local produce. c. Shropshire and Beyond
Tickets for the Ludlow Food Festival

Tickets cost from £13.50 (one-day) to £39 (three-day tickets), child tickets are £4, and family tickets £33-£36. You can buy your tickets here.

Ludlow may be on the Welsh borders, but if you wish to go to a Welsh food festival then read our preview of the Abergavenny Food Festival.

Ludlow Pubs

Befitting a town of its size and tradition Ludlow has a tranche of pubs to suit any occasion, from pub lunches to evening meals, often with accommodation. For details of Ludlow pubs, and those in surrounding area, click here.

Ludlow Market

For more than 900 years there has been a market in Ludlow Castle Square. Now, you can choose from various purveyors of fresh vegetables, local game pies and artisanal goods, as well as wines from the Clee Hills, and work by local designers and painters. For details of the events going on at Ludlow Market, click here.

Fire stage audience, c. Ashleigh Cadet
A presentation at the Fire stage, c. Ashleigh Cadet
Ludlow Hotels

Make sure you book your accommodation well in advance. To find the best accommodation in Ludlow, please search via our comparison engine, which scans all the major booking sites so you don’t have to.

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More information on the Ludlow Food Festival

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8 September 2023
10 September 2023
£13.50 – £39


Ludlow Castle
Castle Square
Ludlow,ShropshireSY8 1AYUnited Kingdom
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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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