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What it's all about

8 years ago the team behind the Ludlow Food Festival decided to create a weekend event, centred on Ludlow Castle, where the emphasis is on enjoying some of the great food and drink produced in and around Ludlow and the Marches, coupled with live music and other entertainment for all the family. We're aiming for a great atmosphere, with seriously good beer, bread, bangers and much much more!

We've joined forces with the Marches Transport Festival, which is usually held on the same weekend every year, so you'll also be able to see a fascinating collection of vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles at the same time.

We've also partnered up with SIBA to bring over 190 real ales from over 50 brewers based across the Wales and West region - the result being the most spectacular beer festival the region has to offer. With a live music stage, located within the marquee, you can enjoy great beer while listening to some top names in music all inside Ludlow Castle, the most impressive pub we've ever frequented!

Food and Drink is what the team do well; so we couldn't resist bringing you some of old favourites along with a few exhibitors you wont have met before, so make sure you get sampling the delights that are on offer. All of this served up alongside free talks and demonstrations where the emphasis is on you having a go, so dig in and get messy making beer pizza, real bread and cake art!

Entry to Ludlow Spring Festival also includes entry to the whole of Ludlow Castle, the wonderfully atmospheric ruined castle that towers over the neighbouring countryside, hills and forests.

And the town of Ludlow itself is well worth a visit in its own right. It's one of the finest small towns in Britain, with a fascinating mixture of medieval and Georgian architecture, surrounded by unspoilt countryside.

So, it's not just a festival of beer, bread and bangers, there'll be quite a few surprises in store - brought to you by the team that created the famous Ludlow Food Festival, and held in the stunning surroundings of Ludlow Castle.

Hard to believe, isn’t it. All of those beers. All of those people. All of those exhibitors. All of that incredible food. And it all started around a pub table.



Back in 1995, a few hard-working business people – some of whom are still involved with the event – decided it would be a neat idea to start a food festival.

They booked space at Ludlow College, put up a few trestle tables and got selling. And then.....

Ludlow was the first food festival in the UK and, unquestionably, it remains the best. Each year, we welcome more than 20,000 people to the town to enjoy the best of artisan food and drink.

Ludlow Food Festival directly led to this weekend’s sister event – Ludlow Spring Festival – and has served as an inspiration for hundreds of thousands of people to make real food part of their day-to-day life.

The event has generated more than £10 million for the town’s economy – and, get this, it doesn’t make a penny in profit.

Ludlow Food Festival’s directors give their time free of charge and scores of townsfolk give their time without seeking any reward.

Ludlow is not only the nation’s best, it’s also the friendliest, the most-giving, the most charitable – hey, in the world of food festivals, we’re the resident good guys.

The 2016 festival will be the biggest we’ve ever staged. We’ll be bringing a phenomenal amount of food, drink and entertainment to Ludlow’s beautiful castle for your pleasure.

The event is already pretty much full – our exhibitors often book a year in advance to make sure they don’t miss out.

All our event needs is YOU. Each year, we welcome visitors from around the world – and we hope you’ll be with them on September 9, 10 & 11 September 2016.



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2016 What's On

A Festival all of it's own - just look what Ludlow Spring Festival 2016 has to offer! The Festival Pub hosts over 180 real ales and a fabulous line up of live music; it's THE place to be! We also have 60 local food and drink producers and around 180 classic cars. Can you really afford to miss it?

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Marches Transport Festival

With over 200 classic and vintage cars displayed inside the castle throughout the weekend there is a vehicle for everyone!

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Festival Pub

With over 200 Real Ales from over 50 brewers from across the SIBA Wales and West region this is beer lovers paradise.

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Chef's Kitchen

Chef's Kitchen will give the chance to get interactive and we have some fabulous hearty and scrumptious offerings for 2016. The Pork Pie Making returns along with The Best of the Bar Snacks, Create your own Lunch, Hearty Puddings - delightful Donuts and a Trio of Chocolate Creations. Don't MISS OUT on reserving your space in the Masterclasses this year!

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With the pate trail on the Saturday and the pudding trail on the Sunday this is a tasty opportunity to explore Ludlow.

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Talks and Tipples

The Talks & Tipples Stage will be busy during the weekend hosting workshops and displays with an 'all drink' focus!

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The Spring Festival has a whole host of different activities happening throughout the weekend so hopefully this section will answer all of your questions.

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Other Events We Do...

Three events a year include Ludlow Spring Festival on the second weekend in May, The Magnalonga, second weekend in August and the Ludlow Food Festival second weekend in September. 

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