There’s lots of delicious attractions at the 18th festival 7-9 September, Ludlow Castle. The Ludlow Food Festival comes of age this year and the organisers are hard at work bringing together a host of attractions to help celebrate the festival’s 18th birthday from 7-9 September. Lovers of food, drink, books and photography are well catered for in 2012 with a food themed book festival and photography exhibition running alongside the main event. The book festival will see well-known cookery book authors and literary minded chefs give talks at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. The same venue will also be home to the prestigious Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year exhibition featuring dozens of delectable images of food submitted from across the world. Another new event for 2012 will be tutored wine tasting in association with Tanners, Shropshire wine merchants since 1872. The festival is always eager to encourage new, young food talent and has just awarded its Graeme Kidd Bursary (for 16-25 year olds) jointly to Dan Cooper, an events management student and Daniel Jones, a talented chocolatier. In addition, the festival restaurant this year will feature top quality, affordable food prepared by the culinary stars of the future; namely current and past students from catering courses at Shrewsbury, Hereford and Ludlow Colleges, all overseen by a host of top chefs. The Ludlow Food Festival is renowned for the calibre
I’m really rather pleased with these photographs. They were taken at Village East in Bermondsey during a ‘pop-up’ photography course with expert food photographer Paul Winch Furness. No matter what level you are at as a photographer amateur, professional or somewhere in between you can always learn more and I learnt a lot that day. You can check out Paul’s website here. You won’t be surprised that he’s in high demand for his skills with the camera so he doesn’t have any courses listed at the moment, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the food photography courses section of his site for new dates.
I’m not going to lie, The Foodie Bugle Lectures held in March were basically my idea of heaven, combining glorious food, wonderful surroundings, likeminded people and talks from some of the best food and drink producers in the UK. I really admire people who love what they do, to see their passion and drive totally inspires me … So why has it taken me over two months to write a blog post? Simple, I didn’t have a blog at the time. Now having conquered my nemesis, technology and the announcement of a new Foodie Bugle Lecture on Friday June 22nd, its given me the perfect opportunity to tell you about the last one. It will be in two parts … this is the first; maybe it will inspire you to book for the next event. You couldn’t really get a better line up of speakers than those at the Foodie Bugle Lectures on March 23rd 2012. The wonderful Trevor Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery was first up to talk about the heritage of the family business. There are just certain people who totally enthrall you with their story and Trevor is one of those people. The business was started in 1920 and today the five generations been making high quality baked goods, long before we all started to fall back in love with real bread. It’s easy to see why Channel 4 came knocking