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A glass of fizz? Pour a glass of applesecco

13th May 2016

If you are looking for an alternative to sparkling wines like Prosecco because there’s a shortage on shop shelves, then why not give Oldfields Applesecco a try as it’s a light, crisp and refreshing cider that is more like a sparkling wine in style. This fantastic alternativve to prosecco from a company famed for their incredible cider, was launched at this year’s Spring Festival in Ludlow.

Applesecco is made entirely from hand-picked local Discovery apples which ripen in August each year – you don’t often see them on supermarket shelves as they don’t keep well. Oldfields have utilized this by creating a wonderful new drink that went down a storm at this year’s Festival.

Alison Chadwick, Cider Product Manager, with the Applesecco. 

The cider itself is 6% alcohol; it smells just like Discovery apples but is crisp, light and medium dry on the palate with a nice bright sparkle. It’s like grown up apple juice in so far as it tastes like apples rather than cider, if you know what I mean! 

Alison Chadwick, Cider Product Manager for Oldfields Cider, told us that "“Our launch of Applesecco was a huge hit with customers, many of whom made a point of seeking us out because they had read about the launch beforehand”.

To find out more about Applesecco and where you can get your hands on some for yourself then visit

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Get Creative & Get Involved with the Chef’s Kitchen

13th May 2016

Have you ever experienced the Chef’s Kitchen? If not, then let me tell you why this year you should treat yourself and your loved ones to a truly fantastic culinary treat at the Spring’s Festival this weekend. Renowned chef, Steve Lyons, is leading the classes of Chef’s Kitchen this weekend and he has put together some heart and scrumptious offerings.

So, what can you learn, experience and taste this weekend?

How about starting your day with a spot of Pork Pie Making? Pork Pies, that traditional, British, cold meat pie that is a hearty treat any time of day. At 11am on both Saturday and Sunday, Steve will be sharing with you the secrets of a truly delicious and filling Pork Pie.

My mouth is watering at the prospect of making and tasting a pork pie, although I will have to let you know whether it turns out anything like this!

At 1pm, Steve will be teaching you how to Create Your Own Lunch. On Saturday this will entail creating a Thai Green Curry and Chipati, and on Sunday, you can try Beer Braised Sausage and Polenta Chips (how amazing does that sound?!). Both lunches have been designed to go perfectly with the many beers and ales that can be bought and sampled at the Festival. A perfect lunch combo, thanks to the Chef’s Kitchen.

At 3pm on Saturday a really fun lesson will be taught: The Best of Bar Snacks. I can’t wait for this opportunity to do Scotch Egg making, create Savoury Popcorn and Nachos with Queso Fundido. What could be better than an afternoon of cheese and beer? Not much in my book!

Finally, on Saturday at 4.30pm, comes the Hearty Puddings session. After a day of tasking beer and sampling and tasting all the food on offer, this is the perfect way to end the day. For in the Hearty Puddings session you will be taught how to create a Donut with Cider Sauce. How delicious does that sound?

The afternoon Chef’s Kitchen session on Sunday will give you a Trio of Chocolate Creations. A trio. Steve will share with you some of his secrets of the kitchen and give you the opportunity to create something truly scrumptious. Tempted? You should be, for this is a real chocoholics fantasy!

So, how can you get involved? Chef's Kitchen will take place in the Inner Bailey of the castle and MUST be booked in advance here. All classes cost £5 per person.

Chef, Steve Lyons runs All About The Food, which was established in 2013 with the aim of bringing the fine dining restaurant experience into the homes of his customers and experiencing his tailor made cookery classes.

Louise Welsby

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Interview with Bengry Motors

13th May 2016

In conversation with VIV MELIA of BENGRY MOTORS, sponsors of the LULDOW SPRING FESTIVAL:

How did your association with the Ludlow Spring Festival begin?

I've visited the Food Festival many times in the past whilst attending the Marches Transport Festival with my husband Jim, usually in either a classic MG B or Rover rather than a Ford orMazda which are the two manufacturer's we represent at Bengry's of Leominster.

What aspects of the Ludlow Spring Festival is Bengry Motors sponsoring?

We are sponsoring the children s cookery area, KidzKitchen. We are very pleased to sponsor this area to help encourage children of all ages to start cooking and enjoying creating their own Master Chef delights.

What are you looking forward to at the Spring Festival the most?

Naturally I will look forward to seeing all the classic cars but must admit my favorite would have to be sampling the food, its great to discover all the locally produced foods and drinks we have in the area.

Tell us more about Bengry Motors

Bengry's are a well-established family run Dealership which prides itself on offering excellent service to all of our customers. We sell New Fords and Mazda's and have a very large selection of fully prepared used vehicles of all makes and models and incorporates a wide choice of commercial vehicles for sale from a panel van to a pick up. 

We also have a service department which has fully trained technicians who specialize in Ford, Mazdas and Peugeot, but will also service and repair most vehicles.

Where is Bengry Motors based?

We are located in Southern Avenue Industrial Estate, Leominster. HR6 0QF.  01568612337.  Twitter @BengryMotors.   Facebook

Where is your favourite place to eat in Ludlow and Leominster?

Oh this is a hard one with so many choices. I do like Fishmore Hall, fabulous (Ludlow) food and atmosphere and in Leominster we have a fairly new restaurant called Peppercorns that we have eaten at 2 or 3 times and have always been really pleased with our meals and the service they provide. If I'm allowed 2 choices in Leominster, then you can't beat Dimarco's Fish and Chip Shop.

Where is your favourite place to drink in Ludlow and Leominster?

We very rarely go out for just for a drink now normally it’s more a meal out or a drink at home with friends.

Any final words?

Come and say hello on Saturday – I will be there all day and look forward to meeting you all.

Interview by Louise Welsby

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A Snack Revolution: Fabulous FIT CORN

12th May 2016

There is so much to get excited about at this year’s Spring Festival and a new product launch is always up there as a major event for us. This year, we are thrilled to welcome the launch of ‘Willy Chase’s Fit Corn’. Lovingly hand-crafted on a farm in Herefordshire, ‘Willy Chase’s Fit Corn’ is a brand new range of air-popped corn. Free from gluten and guilt, without compromising on taste, their seasonings are created by them using their favourite ingredients, inspired by fresh, natural super foods.



Made using Willy's two favourite superfoods: antioxidant rich cacao and cold pressed coconut oil 


Inspired by Willy's perfect Bloody Mary: Chase smoked vodka, fresh ground horseradish, and freshly squeezed tomato juice.


My own honey made by the bees that pollinate the apple orchard, perfectly balanced with a touch of sea salt. 


My favourite flavour combination: goat's cheese, red onion and aromatic thyme.


Lightly sea salted with a sprinkling of the world’s finest sea salt from Anglesey.


Made using the mother of all natural remedies, Apple Cider Vinegar.


Let’s hear from Willy Chase himself:

“With a new found consciousness about health and fitness, I have been busy building a kitchen here on my farm to make good-for-you stuff, and now it’s great to share with you my brand new tasty wholegrain FIT CORN. Fresh air popped corn - not fried - made by hand here on my farm in Herefordshire. Our new range features grown up flavours of guilt free satisfying popcorn seasoned with my favourite ingredients and superfoods. I don’t do twee stories here, but I do believe we are what we eat, and like many people I just want to get fitter, be happy and make a difference. And air popping makes a big difference – reducing calories and saturated fats in the packet, retaining the positive properties of the oil and protecting our environment - creating a cleaner, greener, fitter popcorn.”

Do not miss the launch of this fantastic product this weekend. We think that your snacking habits will change as a result!

For more information on ‘Willy Chase’s FIT CORN’ please visit

Louise Welsby

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Beer & Beyond: 2 Days and Counting

11th May 2016

This year’s Spring Festival is just two days away and the excitement is palpable. The Festival, given the moniker, Beer & Beyond, promises to be a fantastic family affair with treats, tipples, talks and taste sensations for all to enjoy. Ludlow Spring Festival has always been a celebration of local produce and producers and this year is no different. Everything kicks off on Friday 13th May, so what can you expect from the launch? 

As the public eagerly await 5pm, the Ludlow Food Festival team and all involved will have been hard at it from the crack of dawn. I am slightly envious of the 125 judges who will be busy from 10am-3pm in the Festival Pub judging the 180+ real ales. With any luck, there will still be plenty left for you to enjoy once the gates open at 5pm!

So when 5pm arrives and the gates open, will you be there? I hope so because it is only then that we open the gates so that you can Meet the Brewer and see Eddy Gartry playing. Eddy Gartry and The Werewolves will be playing from 7-9pm. This will be their first time at the Spring Festival and we are really excited to welcome them. The band is a 5 piece playing R&B, R&R and Blues. Eddy Gartry is probably best known as the front man of cult blues bands, Blues State UK, and T Bird Rising. It is going to be great! 

What gives Eddy’s set a particularly exciting twist this year is the launch of POBit, a revolutionary new technology also launching at this year’s Spring Festival. For the first time the Festival will involve the live broadcast of some of its music events. In a unique collaboration with Ludlow based company,  Audux UK, an Anglo-Danish technology company, Festival goers can enjoy their favourite band playing at the festival, even if they are sampling the local goods from one of the stallholders, admiring a classic car, or even visiting other areas of the town.

Viewers can watch for free any of the five music sets playing on Friday and Saturday via a mobile App called CPOBit. So this means that visitors can wander around the castle or town, enjoying the performances on their WiFi or 3G/4G connected smartphone or tablet in amazing HD video and stereo sound quality. Alternatively, visitors can use a laptop and watch the music live online via the Ludlow Spring Festival website. Pretty exciting, eh?

Behind the scenes there is an amazing and very talented team of people for whom the Spring Festival is born from real passion, knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise. Lindsey Rollings, Events Manager says, I am very excited about the Spring Festival as it will be my first event since starting my role as Events Manager in February. We have an action packed weekend for our visitors so it’s not to be missed!

If you haven’t got your tickets yet you can do so online at or on the door.


Louise Welsby

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