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Hereford second Indie Food Festival
Weekend of 26th, 27th and 28th August

The Indie Food Festival is a community-driven project celebrating the independent food scene, chefs, producers, and makers in Herefordshire.

The three-day and two-night event will consist of street food, music, chefs suppers, food talks, producers market and more.

Food festivalFor the second year, on Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th August, Hereford Indie Food will take over and transform the car park behind Burger Shop and The Bookshop on Aubrey Street. The result will be a bank holiday weekend hangout, celebrating the very best of Herefordshire’s independent food and drink culture.

There will be street food dining areas, craft beer and cocktail bars, sun-drenched hangouts, DJ’s and Live Music all day and night. Food talks with knockout food full of interesting bits from Hereford’s finest.

Bromyard Hop Festival
27th August 2017

The day-long Bromyard Hop Festival on Sunday the 27th August 2017 will celebrate the market town’s long-standing link to hop-growing, dating back to 1577.  In the hop growing hey-day of the late 20th century, hundreds of people from the industrial South Wales, the Midlands and the Black Country would travel to Bromyard to work on the hop harvest. Times have changed but, with the rise of craft brewing, Herefordshire remains the largest hop producing area in the UK with new Hopyards being planted close to Bromyard in recent years.

The exciting all-day programme of events  includes a children’s Scooter Race, a Vintage Vehicle parade through the streets, an arts and craft market at The Falcon Hotel, rural crafts demonstrations in the courtyard at the Falcon Hotel, a sale of decorative (and highly aromatic!) hop-bine products in The Mews at the Falcon Hotel  and live bands in a ‘mini music festival’ in the town’s Market Square.  And of course, it’s all free of charge to come along and watch!

The Hop Pocket Festival includes the famous World Championship Hop Pocket Race, the only one of its kind in the world, specially invented when the Hop Festival began in 2011.  In the past, the Race has attracted crowds estimated at around 5000 to the town’s Broad St and High St.  Teams of four run through the town carrying a full hop pockets (sacks) weighing up to 70kg (1.5cwt).  The main Race is open to all classes, and there are also Ladies, Youths and Junior races with lighter sacks.  This year for the first time there’s a Fancy Dress race which will also have a much lighter sack. The winners of the overall World Championship race, and the Ladies World Championship race will win considerable cash prizes, cases of beer, specially produced mugs and trophies. All people entering the races will receive a Hop Festival medal, and winners will receive various prizes presented by Toni Mcdonald from the BBC.

The Leominster Food Fayre
Saturday 2nd September

The Leominster Food Fayre is a not-for-profit event aimed at showcasing local food and drink producers in the “Leominster Country” and surrounding area. It also aims to put on a great community event for those who live in and around Leominster and visitors to the town. At present, there are 27 exhibitors to the Fayre which will take place in Leominster Town Centre in Corn Square and ‘The Secret Garden’. Food demonstrations and lids activities will take place within the Town Hall, 11 Corn Square.


Ludlow Food Festival
8th – 10th September 2017

Voted last month as the ‘Best Food Festival in the Midlands’

Ludlow is certainly one of the prettiest settings for a food festival. With the event taking place inside the ruined castle.

food festivalSituated on the River Teme in the outstanding countryside of the Welsh Marches, its medieval street pattern survives almost intact. This along with many ancient properties including the magnificent ruined castle and one of the largest parish churches in England.

There are over 180 exhibitors, predominantly from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches. It is a perfect time to discover your favourite foods and try something new.

The Festival’s famed Sausage Trail became a magnet for 2000 lovers of the British banger. To that has been added competitions for the Pork Pie of the Marches, Cake Competition, the Ludlow Sandwich the Best New Product and more! There is also the Ale Trail, which attracts over 1000 real ale drinkers exploring the pubs around the area.

There is so much planned for this festival. Activities include childrens’ activities, taste workshops, talks, demonstrations, tasting, music and a masterclass that it is worth going to the website to find out the vast array of activities on offer.

All events in Ludlow Castle and most other venues are suitable for wheelchair and mobility scooters access.