Following the Government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ announcement, both the festival and its sister event, the Magnalonga food walk in August are now being planned.
Hannah James, events manager for the Festival said: “We are excited to get going with our plans, which have been on hold since March 2020, and look forward to welcoming visitors back to Ludlow for a wonderful celebration of the food and drink producers of the Marches region.”
She said that with no events held in 2020, it has been an extremely difficult time for the Festival. However, with support from the Friends of Ludlow Food Festival, fundraising activities, the Festival’s office landlords Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, the furlough scheme, and now a brighter future on the horizon, things were looking up.
Organisers said they would have to cancel the Ludlow Spring Festival due to take place on May 8/9 given the Government’s schedule of timings out of lockdown.
“We are hopeful and optimistic that we may be able to hold other events later in the year and will be announcing news once we have more detailed plans. In the meantime, on behalf of the Ludlow Food Festival’s volunteer directors, I would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters for their help through 2020 and these early months of 2021 – we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the festival.
Ludlow Food Festival will take place from September 10-12, with tickets on sale in April. Tickets for the Magnalonga, a food walk adapted from the festival's Italian twin town, will go on sale in late June.
The festival is one of the town’s biggest events of the year, regularly attracting around 16,000 people to the grounds of Ludlow Castle across three days. The UK’s first food festival, Ludlow Food Festival was established back in 1995 and continues to push the agenda on food issues, attracting top names from the culinary world and celebrating local producers from the Marches area.