Spring into Summer! Shropshire for Foodies 2018

Shropshire is a beautiful county – full of glorious countryside, glorious history and food, glorious food. The county is gaining a well earned reputation as a haven for foodies,  thanks to the number of truly gifted artisan craftsmen and women producing some of the finest food and drink in the country. 

If you come and visit some of our many food festivals in the county you’ll not only sample these goodies for yourself but you’ll be able to visit and experience some of our quaint, lively market towns,  our magnificent, ancient countryside, our varied wildlife and meet the interesting and proud people of Shropshire.  We love our county.
So as Spring gives way to Summer, let’s introduce you to some of our finest and most interesting Food & Drink Festivals. 

May sees one of the largest and most established festivals in the county, plus one of the smallest and most fascinating. On 12th and 13th May we have the Ludlow Spring Festival, the partner of the even more  prestigious Ludlow Food & Drink Festival held in September.  Here you can buy and sample pies and puddings, beers and breads and enjoy talks and tastings.  All of this is set in the beautiful market town of Ludlow, filled all year round with speciality food shops and known as the Gastronomic capital of Shropshire.  www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk/ 

On 26 May on the outskirts of the county town of Shrewsbury, you will find the Cider & Sausage Mini Fest at Battlefield 1403, the site of one of the bloodiest battles, the Battle of Shrewsbury, ever fought on British soil and a precursor to the Wars of the Roses.  Now Battlefield 1403 provides a wonderful day out with its café, deli, farm shop, archery and a fascinating historical exhibition.  At the Mini Fest you can enjoy Battlefield’s own handmade sausages and locally produced cider. www.battlefield1403.com

And moving into Summer - in the north of the county is the fine market town of Ellesmere, set amidst a land of meres and mosses and here, on 16th  and 17th June you will find the Ellesmere Food & Drink Festival showcasing the finest local produce –fruit, vegetables, cheeses, ice creams, preserves, chocolate, beers and so much more.  The Festival coincides with Father’s Day so, go on,  give your Dad a treat. www.ellesmerefoodfestival.co.uk

On 23rd and 24th of June head to Shrewsbury again for the Shropshire Food & Drink Festival to be held in the beautiful, riverside Quarry.  Apart from the best of food and drink from the county and surrounding areas, there will be demonstrations, music, a chef school and children’s entertainment.  Not to be missed. http://www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk

In July you can visit the Oswestry Food & Drink Festival (14th and 15th July) another fine celebration of our food and drink producers proud to show off their quality ranges.  Oswestry is another of our lovely market towns, nestling close to the Welsh border in the north of the country.  It’s a truly intriguing  place and so well worth a visit. www.oswestryfoodfestival.co.uk 

So – enjoy a Spring and Summer of gastronomic delights in Shropshire.  Stay for the weekend!  We have wonderful hotels, country inns, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, activities, walks, shops -  there’s so much to enjoy!