Big Apple Harvestime celebrations 13th and 14th October 2018 In and Around Much Marcle

follow link Herefordshire has plenty of reasons to celebrate English apples, orchards and cider and the annual Big Apple weekend offers a special opportunity to enjoy the autumn countryside on the Marcle Ridge. The event is based on eight venues in and around Much Marcle – and cider and perry making will be in full swing! There will be plenty of opportunities to taste, buy and, in some cases, to try your hand. The Big Apple is not only about cider – a ‘Feast of Apples’ at Hellens will feature displays, tastings and sales of some of the less usual dessert and culinary apples, and Marcher Apple Network will be identifying apples throughout the weekend. Herefordshire Beekeepers Association pay a return visit with their Annual Honey Show. Continue reading “Big Apple Harvestime celebrations 13th and 14th October 2018 In and Around Much Marcle”

“Feast and Make Merry” The Traditional Harvest Supper

http://socialfirms.org.uk/news-2 At this time of year, farms and villages throughout Britain are celebrating the Harvest “safely gathered in”. Traditionally, this was an opportunity for farmers, farm labourers and their families to get together at the end of the harvest, loading the tables with abundant produce, washing it down with home made beer and cider and making merry with music and dancing. You probably recognise such scenes from Thomas Hardy novels.

Here in Herefordshire the tradition continues in villages around the county, often associated with a Church harvest service. But, it is not so often that town and city dwellers get the opportunity to join in such a farm celebration. Continue reading ““Feast and Make Merry” The Traditional Harvest Supper”

Local Food and Drink Producers celebrate 2018 Great Taste Awards

Again, local food producers feature in this year’s Great Taste Awards. Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the award is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’ – stars are awarded with three star awards representing the most outstanding produce. Continue reading “Local Food and Drink Producers celebrate 2018 Great Taste Awards”

August Recipe: Chocolate, Beetroot and Orange Cake

This cake is delicious but please do use fresh beetroot (you can cook it the night before).  It really doesn’t work well with the packaged variety and fresh beetroot is so readily available.  Should you want to cut down on the chocolate consumption you do not have to serve it with the chocolate sauce (which would mean using 100g. less of chocolate), you could use yogurt and a fresh fruit compote as an accompaniment. Continue reading “August Recipe: Chocolate, Beetroot and Orange Cake”

Ledbury becomes a centre for viticulture…again

In the middle ages the slopes of Wall Hills flourished with the Bishop of Hereford’s vineyard. Ledbury is again becoming a centre for vine growing and wine production with the development of new vineyards, replacing orchards, on the southern slopes of Wall Hills at Redbank. Find out about how Haygrove Evolution is developing its viticulture business in this article from The Vineyard Magazine by following this link http://www.vineyardmagazine.co.uk/grafting-away/

Cultivation of vines at Haygrove Evolution, Ledbury. Photo by Simon Day

Ledbury sizzles with local food, drink, poetry, music, dance and heritage

Gerry from Friday Beer photo by Griff Holliday

Ledbury marked the last day of the Ledbury Poetry Festival on Sunday 8th July with a special sizzling and very well attended High Street festival.

Locals and visitors joined in the hot summer sun to enjoy a street market of local food and drink supplied by 30 local producers and organised by Ledbury Food Group celebrating our unique local food offerings. Al fresco eating was on offer but with the hot sun many favoured the shade areas provided by the Nest and Dragon Orchard. The local ice cream was especially popular, and other stall holders sold out. Continue reading “Ledbury sizzles with local food, drink, poetry, music, dance and heritage”