Shropshire Star

Hannah serves up her first Ludlow Food Festival

This weekend marks the 24th Ludlow Food Festival and the first time local foodie Hannah Mackley has been at the helm.

Manager Hannah Muckley with Ludlow Food Festival chair Phil Maile and Glyn and Katie Johnson from Wot’s Cooking

The mother-of-two has taken over as events manager and said she is proud to organise the popular festival.

"The food festival started off as a small farmers' market just to see what would happen," she said. "It just grew and now it's a big, well-known event that people come to year on year and enjoy.

"And now, along with my small team and dozens of amazing volunteers, I'm responsible for it."

After a successful Spring Festival with the heady mix of real ales, food and drink producers and classic cars, Hannah’s efforts have since been concentrated on the bigger event which takes place across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Having grown up in Ludlow and returned after her studies, Hannah also set up the award-winning Harp Lane Deli in town before turning her hand to the festival.

She said: "Ludlow is unique. You walk around the town and people are talking about food. If you go to one of the fruit and veg shops and ask them what’s good or what’s in season, they’ll tell you. They won’t sell you something if they think it’s the wrong thing.

"Everyone’s very generous with their advice and tips and I think that’s a very Ludlow thing. It’s an amazing part of the country with superb producers and that was a key reason that the festival was set up, to showcase and support people from within this area. Food is very much part of our culture here."

This year’s line-up mixes famous faces, renowned chefs and writers with over 180 producers from across the marches area.

There will be tasting, talks, demonstrations and more across the weekend.

For details about times and tickets, visit