Welcome to Gourmetville

It’s that time of the year again…

…when people from miles around converge on this beautiful little Medieval market town for the Ludlow Food Festival. They come to attend numerous workshops and tastings, visit local producers, hit the sausage trail or try the pudding tastings, listen to top chefs deliver talks and demonstrations in the castle grounds or learn knife skills and attend Egyptian Masterclasses. This town of 10,000 people will double its population over the coming weekend.

On Sunday there will be a Local Producers’ Market with over 40 small, local food and drink exhibitors on the Market Square.

And, as usual, there is a Window Dressing Competition. So I took the camera around the town today (before the hoards arrive) to see what merchandise I could find.


What kind of festival do you like to attend?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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  1. Great coverage, Jude. Am ashamed to say, that in all these years, we have not taken ourselves to this event. Perhaps this year you have tempted us!

    1. We are lucky in that there are 4 markets a week and a local produce market twice a month. This weekend it will be VERY busy though.

  2. Food, food. Glorious food! Love going to the farmers’ market and cultural festivals with all their food booths. Your photos are the best advertisement money cannot buy. Yum. Yum. ❤

  3. What a wonderful lot of merchandise! And all this pre-festival. I like the sprinkling of quotes, and your photos of course do more than justice. I went in search of merchandise images at our local growers market on Tuesday, but I got caught up in actual kale and parsley and bread and fish and honey and beetroot and parsnips and turnips and people, and forwent photography. No hand spare to snap.

    1. I like to see what the shops have come up with for this competition, but didn’t find many this time. I’ll take the camera out over the weekend and see what I can find. Probably won’t get near to the market stalls though as it is usually very crowded.

  4. Now THIS is the kind of shopping I can get excited about!! I’ve been known to pack an extra black top in my ba-a-a-a-g in case I spill while sampling the goods 🙂

    Love the quirky quotes.

    1. It’s a gorgeous long-stemmed glass (difficult to see the stem, I know, because of the reflection) I quite like the reflection too 🙂

  5. Delightful windows these Jude. I particularly love the old-fashioned Cornflakes reminder. Fascinating to think there are Egyptian Masterclasses…Ludlow sounds like not only a beautiful place but interesting too! You must have done well to get your photos in before the hoards arrived, the streets must have been heaving. Food festivals like this always make a great day out…at the right time of day 😉 Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy this lovely autumn weather. xx

    1. Sun only just got out today Sherri and it will be setting before long 😦
      Hope the weekend is sunnier and that I can manage to grab a few photos – I didn’t go up to the market today, but will tomorrow as I need some meat from the butcher! Just hope I can get in the door 😉

  6. There is a yearly Festival called the Philadelphia Folk Festival full of musicians , famous and not. Families, crafts, campers . It has been going on now over 30 years. I missed it this year and I wish I had not.

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