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

go to 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

cheap beer lyrics 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”

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”

Ledbury ready to celebrate Ledbury Celebration

Ledbury’s annual “town party” – the Ledbury Celebration – takes to Ledbury High Street again on Sunday 8th July.

Over 30 food and drink stalls featuring the very best in local food will fill the street with great offerings to eat there and then or to take home for a later treat. This year we are pleased to welcome a number of winners of Great Taste of Britain awards as well as Old Granary Pierogi, BBC Food and Farming Awards 2018 Street Food Finalists.

Eat and drink while enjoying a menu of entertainment compered by comedy poet Rob Barratt featuring poets Kurly McGeachie (“hip hop Shakespeare”) and Nico Reznick, plus music from the Ludlow Jazz Collective and SassCappella singing group.

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Build a Bug Hotel on Community Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday 9 June, is Ledbury Community Day – your opportunity to find out about local groups and clubs, and talk to the people involved in them.

Meet Ledbury Food Group at the Master’s House between 10am-2pm. It is the final day of our photography exhibition “A Fruit Farming Year – Nature and Nuture” (the exhibition can be viewed until 4pm). For playful children and adults, Chrissy Bentley from Castle Fruit Farm is running a “Build a Bug Hotel” free drop-in session between 10.30am and 1 pm. Continue reading “Build a Bug Hotel on Community Day Tomorrow”

Photographic Exhibition “A Fruit Farming Year: Nature and Nuture” Is Now Open

April blossoms at Castle Fruit Farm by Pat Strauss

Ledbury Food Group’s exhibition of Pat Strauss’ photographs, “A Fruit Farming Year: Nature and Nuture”, is now fully open and is not to be missed. Not only are the photos stunning, the slideshow narrated by Chrissy Bentley is also excellent. At a special opening last night, all the invitees commented on the quality of the slideshow.

The exhibition is at The Master’s House. Check out the opening hours here.

Tickets for the talk “Castle Fruit Farm – The Story Behind The Photos” by Michael and son Ritchie Bentley on Monday 4th June (7.30 – 9.00 pm) are still available from the library (£5). Michael is a fascinating and inspirational speaker and this will be a special evening. Don’t miss it!

The exhibition runs until Saturday 9th June.

A Ledbury Celebration on Ledbury High Street – Sunday 8th July

Canapes by Gill, Ledbury Celebration 2017

Ledbury’s High Street is the place for a town party and food fair celebrating all that’s best in Ledbury on the last day of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Food and drink stalls will recall markets of yore lining Ledbury’s historic High Street leading to an entertainment area around the 17th century Market House.

The poetry and music stage compered by comedy poet Rob Barrett will provide entertainment from 12 noon to 5pm featuring poets Kurly McGeachie (“hip hop Shakespeare”) and Nico Reznick, plus music from the Ludlow Jazz Collective and SassCappella singing group, and dance from 365Dance. Continue reading “A Ledbury Celebration on Ledbury High Street – Sunday 8th July”