'Once Upon A Tree' are award winning cider, perry, apple and pear juice makers based near Ledbury in Herefordshire. Their orchards are open to the public where you can visit, take an orchard walk and bring along a picnic, making it a great idea for an Autumnal day out! We sampled one of their gorgeous pear ciders which would make the ideal liquid refreshment on a hot day! www.onceuponatree.co.uk
Flying the flag for Shropshire as well, is another Bridgnorth enterprise, Shropshire Granola. The use of different flavours and fruit combinations with the focus on using local ingredients including Shropshire produced honey, makes it a delicious breakfast or snack option. From the first packet which was made by hand, it is now a thriving popular brand - www.shropshiregranola.co.uk - check them out!
As well as food and drink consumables, there were other events organised around the town including talks at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Published author and Tea Poet, Liz Darcy Jones, entertained crowds with her penned poetry and in particular an en vogue piece entitled 'Fifty Shades of Earl Grey'. Commissioned by Ludlow Food Festival, Liz wrote a poem to mark the occasion which was performed to crowds in the market square. Liz's fabulous poem, which captures the relaxed mood of the event, is at the bottom of this post for all to read and enjoy. http://www.teapoet.com/
Being a big fan of food festivals, I adore the opportunity of going along, meeting traders, many of whom are independent, and trying wonderful products that you don't see always see in supermarkets or on a wider scale. Ludlow Food Festival champions this so well, a clever blend of supporting local traders and celebrating the food of the county as well as still acknowledging wider commercial appeal.
As we drove through the Clee Hills homeward bound, our taste-buds still tingling with the goodies sampled, we left Ludlow happy, sun-kissed and with next year's festival dates firmly in our diaries.
Ludlow Food Festival
The park and ride is great but mind the cow pats
As you're heading for the town led by your nose
And like the cock you're crowing know - well that's
Just why you wore loafers and old clothes!
And we're all salivating as we're getting in the mood
The sausage trail is waiting - it must be Ludlow Food!
We're in! What tasty eats will be unfurled?
A smoked loaf begs a nibble just to see
Is it Lapsang of the baking world?
And where's the stall to get some breakfast tea?
While I'm cogitating - you're all getting in the mood
Your tastebuds are pulsating - it must be Ludlow Food!
I'm feeling like a rantipole my flagon
Is filled with Gwatkin cider and with ale
This tent will shove the dieter off the wagon
Just look! There's crusty tractor pies for sale!
Now they're worth celebrating and they'll put you in the mood
And The Pudding Shop is waiting - it must be Ludlow Food!
Each day I choose a word. Today's? Panache
Kevin Korbet serves it with ice cream
While Daniel Jones has a tea infused ganache
To make the chocolate lovers' senses scream!
Oh! My stomach is gyrating and I'm really in the mood
Knife skills? I'm hesitating... It must be Ludlow Food!
Jungle Coffee made for Shropshire dads
Sells well but so does tea (that makes my day)
Beaman's win the Sausage Trail good lads!
Wil's Smokehouse? Yes, it's gluten free - hooray!
Hairy Bikers, demonstrating it all gets us in the mood
No time for vegetating - it must be Ludlow Food!
And here at the Assembly Rooms it's books
Joanna Weinberg talks 'Real Food' and lust
'Picnic Crumbs', just published, tempts the cooks
And Wordsworth's ginger biscuits are a must!
The bells? They need sedating as they're getting in the mood
And we're all tête à têting 'cos we're part of Ludlow Food
KK Tiffy serves a spicy wrap
Legges of Bromyard slice off cuts of meat
Locals Joan and Mary can't help nap
On a bench while others eat and eat
And it's all so captivating and we're getting in the mood
For slowly contemplating next year's Ludlow Food!
by Elizabeth Darcy Jones for Ludlow Assembly Rooms