With five stages featuring a packed schedule of demos, talks and tastings over three days from 13-15 September, there’s plenty to look forward to at Ludlow Food Festival this year. Here are a few of our foodie celebrities set to appear.
We’re super excited to welcome superstar chef, Gareth Ward! The homepage of Gareth’s Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms website pretty much sums up what you can expect from one of the UK’s most creative culinary geniuses — ‘ingredient led, flavour driven, fat fuelled, meat obsessed’.
Based near Machynlleth, Gareth dry ages all his meats, sometimes for up to 300 days and then marries them with preserved seasonal ingredients and Japanese inspired sauces that will transport you foodie heaven! Whoever thought Japan and Wales be so magically united?
Great British Bake-Off Line up
Expect a number of popular Great British Bake Off (GBBO) faces to pop up throughout the weekend including: 2016’s winner Candice Brown, who will appear on the Wots Cooking Stage on Friday at 1.30pm. Since her GBBO victory, she has become a regular columnist for The Sunday Times. She has baked on This Morning and Christmas Kitchen, appeared as a panellist on Loose Women, and taken part in ITV’s Dancing on Ice.
On Saturday you can check out 2012’s winner, John Whaite, who frequently writes for the Telegraph. He is resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine and a co-host on the hit daytime show, Chopping Block. There’s also festival favourite and gluten free baker, Howard Middleton. Plus we welcome back Sandy Docherty following the success of ‘Bake in Time’ last year. We’re all hoping to see some spectacular showstoppers as no big birthday celebration is complete without cake!
Romy Gill, MBE
Combining Indian and British cuisine, Romy Gill opened Romy’s Kitchen in Thornbury, Bristol in 2013. Her style of cookery has caught the attention of many and her contribution to the industry has led to Romy being appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list in 2016. A regular contributor to national food magazines and newspaper supplements, Romy has been a guest judge on Celebrity Masterchef and will appear in the Aardvark Festival Bookshop, on Sunday at 2.45pm discussing her new book, Zaika: Vegan Recipes from India due to be published this September.
Highlighted as one the 100 most influential women in hospitality for two years running, Emily travels to Ludlow from the St Tudy Inn in beautiful Cornwall. Chef Director since 2014 she has consistently gathered numerous accolades including ‘Best Chef South West’ by Food Magazine and nominated as a Local Food Hero. Emily has recently appeared on the Great British Menu and will be on the Wots Cooking Stage at 1.30 on Sunday.
Want to know how to skin a deer, lamb a ewe or shoot game? Rachel Green is your woman! She firmly believes that her family’s 14 generations of farming experience means that food production — the good old fashioned way — runs in her blood.
Today, Rachel is a hugely respected and much-loved award-winning chef, local food campaigner, food stylist, TV celebrity and cookery author. Be sure to catch her on the Graeme Kidd Stage at 1pm on Friday.
Ludlow Food Festival takes place from 13-15 September. For more information or to get your tickets click here.
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Appearing from right to left: Gareth Ward; Rachel Green; Romy Gill; Sandy Doherty and Howard Middleton; John Twaithe; Emily Scott; Candice Brown