place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
AND DRINK YOUR WAY AROUND HEREFORDSHIRE
Twenty five food producers open their doors to visitors
this August in the first county food tour set in the rolling
hills of deepest Herefordshire. Cider, vodka, wine, chocolates,
ice cream and organic produce will all be available to sample
while getting a behind the scenes look during the first
ever Herefordshire Food Week running from 13th to 21st August.
Many producers are opening for the first time and some are
putting on special events to attract visitors.
is a chance for foodies and families to visit some of the
best food makers in the UK, at home,' says Andy Dawson of
Herefordshire Council, who have organised the event. 'You
get to see how they grow and make food and drink, sample
the delicious results and all set in one of the most unspoilt
rural havens in the UK.'
will use a free brochure to plan their own itinerary around
as many food locations as they like. Big yellow Food Week
signs in hedgerows and on farm gates will help them find
their way to some of the remote producers. The week is revving
up with lots of additional events and happenings being added
at the last moment. We have Food Champion Just Rachel Desserts
hosting an evening of puddings on Monday night and the Great
British Food Cyclist freewheeling his way through the county
on Thursday and Friday.
week kicks off at Mayfields Brewery offering a tour of their
facilities in Leominster - 2pm Saturday 13th. Even further
north at Lower Buckton, local foodist Carolyn Chesshire
will be offering her famous and unique 'cook-demos' on Tuesday
- book now for a feast for the eyes and mouth. Thursday
sees the Hereford Farmers Market get underway with a children's'
quiz and family BBQ. There will be a prize draw too - 9am
to 2pm in the High Town. And during Thursday we expect the
arrival of Tim Keates on an ancient butcher's bike that
he has peddled all the way from John O'Groats in his three-week
quest for good food in the UK. British Cassis will be hosting
him that night for a gala evening of local food, and then
on Friday Tim will set off across the county on his way
to Land's End. Saturday 20th sees the big open day at Wye
Valley Brewery with free tours and tutored beer tastings
plus live music and competitive BBQ demonstration.
Discover Hereford tourism shop in Hereford city centre will
be offering a range of tasting of local food each day (closed
Sundays) during the Food Week. For more information visit
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/foodweek or call 01432 383064.
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GREAT BRITISH FOOD CYCLIST
'Let us go forward together and rediscover the glory of
Great British food and drink.' is a nation-wide campaign
aimed at getting people back in touch with the great British
food that's on their doorsteps throughout the land. A cycle
ride is planned which will create a 'food-chain' through
foodie Tim Keates, tweed-clad and moustachioed, will pick
up and drop off delectable samples of Great British food
to Great British people as he pedals on his merry way through
these islands. But
of course, foreign guests are more than welcome at the celebration.
are proud, not ashamed, to share our national cuisine -
or should that be 'national kitchen'? So, organic butchers,
artisan bakers and box-scheme makers - you are all invited
to take part.
Great British Food Cycle will champion food heroes like
you from North to South. Starting
in August 2011 on the edge of the sea in Scotland and finishing
a month later at Land's End, travelling through the countryside
at a butcher's bike pace, the cycle ride will create a unique
experience through gastronomic Britain.
and more people are asking about the providence of their
food, and how they can get the most flavour and nutrition
for themselves and their families. We are turning a spotlight
on great local farmers, growers, retailers and chefs the
length of the country.
want to meet the dinner ladies who create fresh, wholesome
food for our children; farmers and growers who walk the
fields and love their land, and plan for biodivercity and
good stewardship; brewers, bakers and millers who have revived
heritage varieties, and time-honoured values; community-owed
shops, centres who provide neighbourhood lunches for those
who can't provide for themselves; professional chef who
insist on using the whole animal and seasonal local vegetables.
remarkable project draws inspiration from the Slow Food
movement, The Soil Association, local food network schemes
and quality food stewardship. The route is not yet planned
but will be determined by people who call, write or email
to register producers and growers and bakers along our suggested
direction of travel.
We pick up a package and deliver it ever eastwards. On the
way, we pick up something else, before we drop off the first
parcel. Creating a round-robin, or chain-link effect to
our deliveries. Tim's
butcher's bike is a 1930's Grundle Model T with only a single
gear and rod brakes. Speedy it is not. We expect to cover
approximately 55 miles a day at a comfortable cycling pace.
the cycle begins we will have a set number of pick-ups,
so we will know our basic route. From that route accommodation
for Tim will have been booked, along the way. If you would
like to join us, we request you supply all of your own cycling
equipment, and be wholly responsible for it and yourself.
Each Day there will be an itinerary and a simple route map.
We will set off from an agreed start point, at the same
time each morning. Example: 9am sharp, Clocktower, The High
journey is a celebration, and as such will be light-hearted,
but professional. The Highway Code will be observed at all
Tim will be cycling through Herefordshire during Thursday
18th and Friday 19th August.
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LOCAL REAL ALE BREWERY OPEN DAY
Wye Valley Brewery will be participating in Herefordshire
Food Week, with the brewery shop open all week (Monday 15th
to Friday 19th August) from 9am to 4.30pm offering samples
of our beers so you can try before you buy. In addition,
we will be opening our doors for a special Brewery Open
Day on Saturday, 20th August. There will be free brewery
tours running all day plus tutored beer tasting sessions
with our Head Brewer Jimmy Swan so you can find out exactly
what makes the BBC Food and Farming Awards Best Drinks Producer
We will have 5 delicious Wye Valley Brewery cask-conditioned
beers on the bar for you to enjoy, including our August
special - Summer Sting - brewed with organic Herefordshire
Nettles and a new special brew of a pale smooth beer called
Hop Stringer using a new local Hop Variety. In addition
Legges of Bromyard will be here with a gourmet sausage Barbecue
featuring special beer recipe sausages and local craft bakery
Loafers will be bringing special handmade beer breads for
you to try and buy. To add further to the day, we will have
a Barbecue demonstration from competitive Barbecue team
the Dean Order of Smokers and Girders and fantastic live
music from Tom Browning.
not leave the car behind and use public transport, as the
Number 420 Hereford to Worcester bus stops right next door
to the brewery (Plough Inn, Stoke Lacy) and takes only 20
to 30 minutes from Hereford and 10 minutes from Bromyard
or circa 45 minutes from Worcester? Wye Valley Brewery look
forward to welcoming you.
Wye Valley brewery at Stoke Lacy.
HEREFORD FARMERS MARKET TO CELEBRATE FOOD WEEK
Herefordshire’s first ever Food Week is from Saturday, 13th
to Sunday, 21st August and the Herefordshire Farmers Market
group will be celebrating with a special event on Thursday,
18th August in High Town Hereford.
For children there will be a Farmers Market Quiz with a
chance to explore the market and learn more about some of
the food and drink on sale. There is an added incentive
of a free sticky bun, provided by Lorentzen Bakery, for
all completed entry forms.
addition the barbecue will be sizzling in the centre of
the Farmers Market with an opportunity to sample a wide
range of products from across the market, from beef, pork
and lamb to chutneys, salads and fresh fruit and vegetables.
The chef of the day will be Mick Clifford who will be opening
the Crown and Anchor in Lugwardine in September.
market starts at 9am and finishes at 2pm, children’s quizzes
will be available from any of the market stalls, but come
early to ensure you have time to complete the quiz and claim
your sticky bun.
Join in with the Food Week celebrations at the Herefordshire Farmers'
Market on Thursday, 18th August.
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VISIT HEREFORD FOR FREE FOODIE TREATS
The new Discover Herefordshire Centre, in King Street Hereford,
is the place to go for a free taste of Herefordshire goodness
during Food Week, which runs from Saturday, 13th to Sunday,
21st August. The former Tourist Information Centre is still
just that; an informative place to go for what’s on and
places to go around the county, but will be offering free
tastings of a variety of scrumptious Herefordshire produce
to anyone calling in for a sample.
day at 11.00am during Herefordshire Food Week, the Visit
Herefordshire team will be welcoming you to try the following
delights from local producers, who will also be appearing
at the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival on 22nd to
23rd October 2011.
- Saturday, 13th August - Asiri Foods Pickles and Chutney
- Monday, 15th August - Pixley Berries Blackcurrant Cordial
- Tuesday, 16th August - Pams Preserves Jams, Jellies and
- Wednesday, 17th August - Rowlestone Court Dairy Ice Cream
- Thursday, 18th August - Franks Luxury Biscuits
- Friday, 19th August - Celtic Marches Beverages Brandy
20th August - Celtic Marches Beverages Brandy based Liqueurs
note that producers' days may be subject to change and if
you wish to sample a certain product, please call The Discover
Herefordshire Centre on the day 01432 268430 to confirm
addition to tickling your taste buds you may also find some
exciting new additions to the centre as it is swiftly developing
into a fantastic destination from which to buy gifts and
foodie treats all made in Herefordshire. Plenty of artisan
products including fashion accessories, homeware, jewellery
and art are all on display to make this not just a place
for visitors but an excellent calling point for the local
shopper. Stop by and see for yourself.
Why not call into the Discover Herefordshire Centre in King Street
for your free, tasty samples.