Wild about… local food & The Big Breakfast 2024

News about two food events…

Wild about…local food

We will be at Ledbury Saturday Market on 18th November between 9am and 1pm featuring three local producers and their wares, free fresh soup and soup recipes – great food for the Autumn – and information about the Ledbury Food Bank.

Come along and meet our producers:

  • Dragon Orchard – fruit and preserves
  • Skittery Apple Juice – you may know them as Jus
  • Little Marcle Organic Produce – local fruit and veg producer/supplier

And enjoy Ledbury Market.

Wild about local food poster

With support from Ledbury Town Council.


Ledbury Big Breakfast 2024 – dates announced!

This popular event will next take place over the weekend of Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February 2024.

Local shops, cafes, hotels and other food outlets are challenged to come up with special breakfast offerings featuring locally produced food to brighten a winter’s day.

We hope that 15 to 20 local Ledbury and district food outlets will join this event.

Breakfasts can be big or small, traditional or newly invented to be enjoyed in our local eating places or taken home for enjoyment.  Many outlets will provide vegan, vegetable and gluten free options.

The event lightens the darkest time of the year, with a positive message about the qualities of our local produce and food offerings and the importance – and on this occasion pleasure – of starting the day with a satisfying breakfast.

Full details of those taking part, their special offerings and which days these will be on sale will be available on this website from mid-January.

The event is a bit later this year to give more time for making the arrangements.

Put the dates in your diary (or calendar function).

Images from 2023’s event:

Big Breakfast

Big Breakfast 2023














More than just an orchard


Friday, 29 September, 2023, 7.30pm

Welcome to our exciting new season of Friday evening talks which start with

More than just an orchard…

A talk by Norman Stanier at the Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury

Dragon Orchard

Fruit Growing is deeply ingrained in the Herefordshire psyche and nowhere more than in the Parish of Putley, just four miles from Ledbury. Norman Stanier was born and raised there in a four-generation household in the late 40s into a long line of fruit growers. His talk traces the story of his family and of the importance of this crop to the county, its culture and character.

All talks are open to the public. Members free, visitors £5 per person.

Great Taste Awards 2023 – local producers recognised

Great Taste Award 2023

Congratulations to local producers whose efforts have been rewarded in this year’s Great Taste Awards.

Local to Ledbury” producers include:

  • Willys from Little Marcle for their apple cider vinegars and Kimchi – 5 Awards
  • Myrtle’s Kitchen for her Philpott’s Chilli Jam and BrineSalt, Lemon, Myrtle and Thyme Seasoning
  • Just Rachel Deserts from the Hop Pocket for their Vegan Passion Fruit Ice Cream and Raspberry Sorbet

From the wider area of Herefordshire:

  • Twigs and Dough for their special pasta
  • White Heron for their British Cassis
  • Oakchurch Farm Shop (A438 west of Hereford) – 7 awards including for steaks, pies and sorbet
  • Gun Dog Gin for their fruit liquors – 2 awards
  • Pip’s Cider for their ciders – 4 awards
  • Hedonist Bakery for their bakery products – 3 awards
  • Two Farmers for Woodland Mushroom and Wild Garlic Potato Crisps
  • Broadfield Court Farm for their Whole Moo World milk – now available at vending machines in the county
  • Woofys Brewery – 2 awards for ale and porter
  • Black Mountain Roast for their Expresso Blend Coffee
  • Wild by Nature for their Grass Fed Beef Snacking Salami
  • Herefordshire Sauce for their Herefordsfire Sauce (stocked at the Nest)

And from just over the border in Worcestershire, McNeil’s Smokehouse have won a number of awards for their smoked fish products.

Go to https://greattasteawards.co.uk/results/ for more details and in many cases to links to stockists including local shops and farm shop outlets.

Life on an Organic Dairy Farm…an Invitation

Sustainable Ledbury invite you to learn about the experiences of a modern-day dairy farmer in a talk on Monday 21st August.

Farming is going through challenging times and dairy farming is no exception. Join us to hear more from Claire Howlett.


In 2018, she and her brother Daniel, were awarded the Organic Milk Suppliers’ Cooperative’s (OMSCo’s) Farm of the Year.

Claire will be talking about life on the farm and will be happy to take questions. Their farm is powered by renewable energy, the cows are grass fed and there are areas for wildlife.

Claire will be bringing their Halloumi style cheese, Apple Juice and Apple Jam to sell.

Admission is free with donations welcome towards the cost of the hire of the hall

Date: Monday 21st August

Time: 6.30 p.m.

Place: The Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury

Nearest Car Park: St Katherine’s, Bye Street, HR8 2AB – Free after 6pm

Sustainable Ledbury

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A Joyful Ledbury Celebration!

If you came to the Ledbury Celebration on Sunday 9th July many thanks for coming and supporting the event – we were pleased to see you!

If you were not able to come this is what went on…

The weather was kind for The Ledbury Celebration last Sunday (9th July), Ledbury’s celebration of the local food and drink of Herefordshire and its neighbouring counties with an added menu of music, poetry and our historic heritage on the last day of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Held in historic St Katherine’s, Ledbury, the event featured 18 local food and drink producers selling both street-food to enjoy on the spot and specialities to take home.  Trade was good thanks to the support of those who came to the event.  New this year amongst the mix of street-food were “Afghan Pizzas” created by a local Afghan refugee family.

The entertainment “menu” included poets Emma Clowsley and Chloe Jacquet, and several youngsters nurtured by Ledbury Poetry. Beth Calverley’s magical Poetry Machine spent the afternoon creating intimate poems on demand.

The musical menu featured Four Crying Out Loud – Ledbury’s own fisherman’s quartet, George Montague, guitarist and singer/songwriter, The Hey Yahs reviving old classics and The Rohans mixing musical genres.

The Town Mayor of Ledbury, Councillor Helen I’Anson, visited the event and met many of the stall holders.

A raffle of prizes generously donated by local businesses raised £115 for Ledbury Food Bank.

The day was brought to a colourful close by Ledbury Border Morris who demonstrated five traditional dances – and then it rained!

This event was a partnership between Ledbury Food Group, Ledbury Poetry, and Ledbury Town Council.

Please provide us with your feedback at ask@ledburyfoodgroup.org

See pictures from the event below…

The Big Apple Blossomtime in Putley

The parishes of the Marcle Ridge’s seasonal celebration of orchards, apples, cider and perry takes place on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May.

There’s lots of “appley” things for you to join in and celebrate the rather late this year coming of Spring.

Putley Blossom

It’s a special opportunity to enjoy the lovely countryside and orchards of the Marcle Ridge in Herefordshire, where local orchards are famous both for their cider fruit and their dessert and culinary fruit.

The events take place over two days around Putley Parish Hall, where you will find an array of traditional ciders and perries from Herefordshire and surrounding counties, together with some of the makers for you to meet, and, on Sunday only, at Court Farm Aylton, where you can spend time in the cruck barn and amongst the apple trees.

Blossomtime is not just for cider enthusiasts. Enjoy a walk through the orchards around Putley and Aylton, with or without a guide, then refresh yourselves with excellent homemade food. Plan your day to include one or two of our special events, including some at alternative nearby locations.

The full programme is available at https://www.bigapple.org.uk/blossomtime-putley/.

Events centre – Putley Parish Hall – Putley Green – HR8 2QN – Car Parking.


What is the future for Farming?


cattle grazing

Sustainable Ledbury invite you hear Patrick Wrixon give a presentation followed by discussion and questions on the challenges facing the farming industry on Monday 20th March at 7 p.m. at the Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury.

Patrick has farmed in Herefordshire for over 40 years. He has been involved with agricultural organisations Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), and the NFU.

Join in the debate – or just listen!

No tickets are required but donations will be welcome to cover the costs of the meeting.  Organised by: –

Sustainable Ledbury