Thanks to all who made this year’s Ledbury Celebration a success

LFG Led Celeb 2016 Matt Slocombe pours a cider DSC01470We hope that those of you who joined us at the Ledbury Celebration, Ledbury’s very own festival of food and drink with added music and poetry, had a good time and enjoyed the event – thank you for coming.

Please let us know if there are any ways we could do better next year by emailing

Pictures of the event are shown below. Continue reading “Thanks to all who made this year’s Ledbury Celebration a success”

Join us at our AGM!

Like all organisations we have to hold an Annual General Meeting – in our case this will be on Monday 9th May at 7.30pm at the Talbot Hotel, New Street, Ledbury.

Please come along and join us to find out what the Food Group has achieved in the past year, to help us conduct some essential business, and to stay for a casual session discussing local food topics.  We will do our best to make it interesting and lively! Continue reading “Join us at our AGM!”

Date announced for this year’s Ledbury Celebration

1-10July2016Put Sunday 10th July in your diary!

It’s the day for this year’s Ledbury Celebration of local food and drink, music and poetry.

Last year 35 local and artisan food and drink producers joined us for this special event. Our visitors were able both to purchase a wide range of the best of local food and drink to enjoy straight away or to take home, and to listen to live music and poetry while soaking up the celebratory atmosphere. Continue reading “Date announced for this year’s Ledbury Celebration”

Thanks for helping us celebrate our local food, drink, music and poetry

After threatening rain, the sun came out and shone on this year’s Ledbury Celebration on Sunday 12th July featuring over 30 food and drink stalls selling all kinds of local food and drink.

Did you try the good traditional local food that was on offer?

What did you think of the new twists this year with Polish style pierogi (pasties) and Columbian style empanadas, made using local ingredients?

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Cake Heaven at Three Talents Cakery

Did you discover scotch eggs (all kinds of flavours), jams, preserves, chutneys, freshly baked bread, delicious cakes, granny Tigg’s dressing, cherries, granola and, of course, very local ice cream?

Did you sample the medieval cake samples that the Ledbury Library Development Group were offering linking today’s event with the restoration of our 15th century Master’s House?  Did you pick up a recipe card?

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Visitors enjoy an alfresco lunch

Did you have a “street food” lunch – once the rain had stopped?

What did you think about the fine range of local ciders and perrys, wines, beers, fruit drinks and even local gin on offer?   Did you stay to enjoy these while listening to the fabulous range of local musical acts and poets joining in this event?

The Fetch Theatre Co puppetry
The Fetch Theatre Co puppetry

Did you explore the puppetry of the Fetch theatre – a lot of people really enjoyed this – and the mystery of the CowGirl Parlour?

Did you meet the Mayor of Ledbury, Councillor Annette Crowe when she visited the celebration?

Did you buy a ticket for the Food Group’s local food raffle? Gareth Morgan did and won with ticket 26!

Catherine Every, organiser of the event for the Ledbury Food Group, said, “We are very pleased that again the Ledbury Celebration with its blend of food, drink, music and poetry has brought pleasure to so many people.  We thank everyone who helped make the event such a success.”

Phillippa Slinger for Ledbury Poetry Festival said, “The Festival is thrilled that we put on a stunning array of poets and musicians, from the irreverent and hilarious Johnny Fluffypunk, to the Baltic melodies of Flatworld, as well as local poets and musicians showing off their home grown talent. The variety and quality of the performers capped off a wonderful collaboration with the Ledbury Food Group”

This marvellous free event would not be possible without support from its sponsors who this year included Ledbury Town Council, Crowthers, Orme and Slade, Wilce’s, A.B.E., Pughs, Authentic Bread Company, Greendawn Accounting, Herefordshire Community Foundation, New Grove Trust, Tilley Printing, Rotary International, and the many volunteers who helped before, during and after the event.

Many thanks to all who helped and to all who attended this event this year.  If you missed it, join us next year.

Please send us your comments on the event so that we can do even better next time to

Stands booking up fast for this year’s Ledbury Celebration

The Ledbury Celebration of food, drink, poetry and music will take place this year on Sunday 12 July. The Ledbury Food Group is getting together a great group of local food and drink producers whilst the Ledbury Poetry Festival is arranging the live poetry and music entertainment. We are delighted that Ledbury Food Group member Catherine Every who owns her own Ledbury-based Pippin Consultancy is organising the food and drink festival for this year’s event.

Catherine says:

The Ledbury Celebration of local food and drink, music and poetry, which takes place on the last Sunday of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, has rapidly become a fixture in the local food and drink calendar. Booking for this year’s Festival, which will be on Sunday 12 July, was opened to local producers a couple of weeks ago and stands are already booking up fast.

Griff Holliday, Secretary of Ledbury Food Group, which organises the event in conjunction with Ledbury Poetry Festival, says the success of last year’s event means many producers have been keen to secure their stand early. “Last year’s stallholders reported that sales were excellent and we’re delighted to be welcoming many of them back this year,” he says. “We’re hoping that 2015 will be even bigger and better!”

Local food and drink producers wishing to book a stand at the Festival can download all the information they need from the Ledbury Food Group website, here. Alternatively, they can contact the event organiser, Catherine Every on 01531 248874.

And for anyone interested in local food and drink or music and poetry, make sure Sunday 12 July is in your diary!

Booking information for food and drink producers can be found here.

Event details for visitors are on our event listing.

Here are some of our favourite photos of last year’s event: