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! :-)
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After a cracking day out with fellow bloggers doing the Miele Masterchef Experience, I could not wait to get back to show on the Sunday and meet some amazing producers and I was not disappointed.
My first visit of the day was to Goodman’s Geese who produce free range geese and turkeys on their farm in Great Witley, Worcester. It is run by Judy Goodman, pictured above and their turkeys and geese have featured on many chef’s Christmas TV specials including Delia Smith, Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver. My turkey is coming from Goodman’s this year and I cannot wait to try it!
After this, I went to Gower Cottage Brownies which is run by Kate and she had won a Good Food Show Bursary Award, allowing her to come to show and let everyone know about her delicious brownies. I already knew about Kate as she is on Twitter @gowercottage and I looking forward to trying her brownies. They are amazing. I will be ordering a box of brownies to be delivered to me soon.
Another producer who I knew from Twitter was at the show too. Sarah of Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies (@Brays_Cottage on Twitter) makes the best pork pies I have ever tasted. I am not a fan of pork pies generally but these are different. They have no jelly in them, meaning that free range pork that is packed into them shines through. The pastry is light, flaky and yummy. Bray’s Cottage make four flavours of pork pies which are; onion marmalade, chilli, chorizo and the traditional. I like the chilli and chorizo ones the best. Sarah was also at the show because she had won a Good Food Show Bursary Award.
As a massive fan of chorizo, I was very happy when I found The Bath Pig. It is run by Mash and Tim (who is not looking at the camera!) and they make British (to a Spanish recipe) RSPCA Freedom Food Standard free range chorizo. It is some of the best I have ever tasted and I am already dreaming up recipes to make with it. I brought the spicy chorizo but I would really love to try their garlic and herb chorizo too.
Tim Kinnaird was not only at the show doing the Masterchef experience. He was their selling his home-made macaroons. Tim had four flavours which were lemon, rose, passion fruit and salted caramel. My favourites were the lemon and salted caramel ones. I had to eat lots to come to that decision. The macaroons were light, creamy and delicious. Tim has inspired me to have a go at making them at home in the New Year. Wish me luck!
Wandering around the show some more, I sampled some Worcestershire Plum ice cream from Churchfields Farmhouse. Another local producer who makes amazing ice cream using their own cow’s milk and local Worcestershire cream. I also found some British Cassis made by Jo Hilditch. It was lovely and I cannot wait until Christmas when I can try it in a Kir Royale. I saw Edd Kimber doing a demo on the British stage and afterwards went home after a very enjoyable weekend for a Crabbie’s Ginger Beer and a well earned rest. This is just what I saw, tasted and did at the BBC Good Food Show, for fellow blogger’s viewpoints please look at the links below:
Happy Cooking! :-)
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