After Food miles, here comes Beer Miles

The Prince of Wales pub in Church Lane has a beer menu that as well as describing the beer – fancy a “light and fruity beer with good hoppy bitterness”? then an Otter Bitter is for you – also provides the distance from the brewery. So that fruity Otter has come 87 miles, whereas a drop of Butty Back only has to stagger 9.5 miles to  quench your thirst.

Well done to the Prince of Wales for thinking local.

Preserve-making workshop at Dragon Orchard, Putley

3rd September 2011 Once upon a Tree have a Preserve-making workshop at Dragon Orchard, Putley.

Annie will talk you through a preserving session using produce from the orchard – Jams, jellies and chutneys galore. The workshop runs from 10am-4pm, teas and coffees included – bring a packed lunch. For the cost of £40 per person you will become an expert preserver and take away the fruits of your labour.

Contact Hannah Day on 01531 670263 to book.

Pudding Demo is sell out success

Rachel Hicks in action










Reeves plums were the pick of the day at a recent demonstration and supper event, held in celebration of Herefordshire Food Week.  Hosted by Ledbury Food Group, the evening saw food enthusiasts from across the county inspired, with appetites whetted, by current Herefordshire Food Champion, Rachel Hicks, founder of Just Rachel Quality Desserts and Meg Edmonds, owner of the farm shop Roots at Little Verzons.

During the evening, Rachel presented a 45 minute cookery demonstration, creating two dishes; poached plums flavoured with cardamom and rose waterStirring Stuff and a plum, hazelnut and chocolate dessert cake.  With a relaxed atmosphere, foodies were able to ask Rachel questions throughout the demo, with Will Edmonds on-hand to explain more about the varied and colourful abundance of plums available this season.

Reflecting all that is great about fresh, locally produced food, Meg dished up Chicken Cacciatore, a slow-cooked Italian dish which showcased the family’s home-reared organic chicken.  This was accompanied by freshly picked salad and olive focaccia, baked for the occasion in the new farm shop kitchens’ at Roots. Rachel’s plum dessert cake, poached plums and plum and marzipan ice cream rounded off the superb seasonal supper.

Commenting on the success of the event, Fran Robinson of Ledbury Food Group said: “Many shoppers have lost touch with what ‘seasonal’ really means.  When a fruit is in season you taste it at its best.  The success of this event has gone a long way to prove that people want to learn more about seasonal produce and that cooking and baking with it doesn’t have to be complicated!”

Due to an unprecedented response to the event, Ledbury Food Group and Roots at Little Verzons will be hosting more seasonal demonstration and supper evenings in the coming months.

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Date: Monday 15th August 2011, 7p.m.
Venue: Roots at Little Verzons, Hereford Road, Ledbury. HR8 2PZ
Tickets: £15 per head

The first-ever Herefordshire Food Champion, Rachel Hicks, founder of Just Rachel Quality Desserts, is making the most of this year’s early harvest and inviting people to join her at a pudding demonstration and supper event on Monday 15th August, at Roots at Little Verzons, Ledbury.
As one of the best-known dessert producers in the county, Rachel will demonstrate the creation of two delicious puddings with the season’s fruity produce – plums. This will be followed by a seasonal supper cooked by Meg Edmonds, owner of Roots at Little Verzons, using ingredients fresh from the family’s farm.

Places can be booked by calling into Roots at Little Verzons, Ledbury or telephoning 01531 670816.

More details here: Ledbury Food Group Pudding Demo & Supper Event August 2011

Herefordshire Food Week: 13-21 August 2011

Herefordshire Food Week is your chance to come and see how our local producers take this produce and create wonderful food and drink. Whether you live locally or are visiting the county, take your time to wriggle your way down small country lanes, call in on our artisan producers, sample their produce, and buy directly from the person who made it.

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Ledbury on the Telly

Ledbury is to be featured on a program called Ten Mile Menu on Wednesday 13th July 2pm to 3pm ITV 1.

The programme involves two chefs and  celebrities cooking a three course menu for a local group of people with ingredients sourced within a ten mile radius of the town.

Caroline Handley of Handley Organics is featured – as are a number of other local producers.

The recipies are available following transmission on the programme’s website:

Set your recorders!