Local Food Events
A Local Food Movement
Sharing Events that celebrate and use local sustainable food.
We're SO PROUD of this! So many people are working towards joined up, good value, nature-friendly food in Herefordshire and this shows how worthwhile that hard work has been!
The County of Herefordshire is a BRONZE Sustainable Food Place!
Over 85 diners enjoyed a 3 course meal at The Bookshop Hereford in the last of three “100% Herefordshire” Autumn Feasts on Tuesday 14 November.
As well as great local food they were treated to a surprise announcement that the County has achieved a Bronze award from Sustainable Food Places - recognising the collaboration and hard work that’s gone into all areas of the food system in Herefordshire, from food banks through community gardens to restaurants and farming.
"The food was SO scrummy and the atmosphere truly wonderful!"
"Absolutely blown away. The food, the company and the work that has gone into it..."
We are reeling from really the best we could hope a celebratory feast of Herefordshire sustainable food could be - thank you! Our final Autumn Feast was quite special.
The Bookshop Hereford were a professional and beautiful host, setting off more than 15 wonderful producers and making their food pop - a welcome drink and three courses that truly shone. With many of the producers in the room, we were able to thank them personally and the food tasted so much better for it!
Many chats around food, partnerships, business ideas and time to hear the brilliant music and stories too from Tim and Chez at the Wye Valley River Festival.
If you were unlucky enough not to make it to the event - take a look at the list of producers here who will be happy to help you recreate the flavours in your own home! You won't have Bookshop chef Callum on hand though I'm afraid!
Ledbury Food Group will be in the High Street 18th Novemberpromoting some great local food businesses...
"We will be at Ledbury Saturday Market on 18th November between 9am and 1pm featuring three local producers and their wares, free fresh soup and soup recipes – great food for the Autumn – and information about the Ledbury Food Bank.
Come along and meet our producers:
- Dragon Orchard – fruit and preserves
- Skittery Apple Juice – you may know them as Jus
- Little Marcle Organic Produce – local fruit and veg producer/supplier
And enjoy Ledbury Market"
If you're a supporter of the Food Alliance and can chat to people about our work too, please pop along!
From Growing Local:
"Our next BIG EAT community lunch is on Saturday 25th November at The Kindle Centre
This time we shall be cooking a selection of curries, samosas and fruity puds
Come along anytime from 10am to help cook together a delicious buffet curry lunch
All welcome including families (we always have lots of children’s cook activities)
Another great feast!
Thanks to the Open Arms group in Kington for hosting
And to Kington Kleen for much apple pressing
And to Madame Zucchini for her vegetable fun
And to lots of people of all ages that got stuck in to making pumpkin gnocci + colourful slaw - so tasty! Kids Kitchen's Gnocci recipe is here.
**THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED**
You are invited - to the final Autumn feast creating 100% Herefordshire food experiences this Autumn.
From Hereford’s Fields & Pastures To The Table - featuring original stories, and music, reflecting Herefordshire's natural beauty and farming landscape.
Many thanks to everyone who came to Breakfast on the Farm on Sunday to enjoy food, to talk about their own produce, and to find out more about farming as a solution yesterday!
Chef Simon served up a superb two-course breakfast with honey, berries and oat groats to start, all washed down with juice Kefir and a herb tea blend! It didn't end there with a plate of cow-lloumi, sausage from within 20 minutes away, Herefordshire baked beans and eggs from the farm - with a seasonal twist of braised apple in place of tomato. Tasty.
We heard from a few of the people that grew and reared the food and Ruth shared the journey of some of the produce - including some that we weren't able to source in our current system.
Good news - this produce is available, and being sold direct right here in Herefordshire so you can recreate our breakfast feast with all the details below - whether you were there or not!
Reasons to be cheerful 😁
A few highlights from our picking and processing partnership diverting produce from wasteful to useful
many creates picked, many litres of juice (60 litres in one session!) slices for the freezer...
All good for the winter at Ledbury Food Bank and The Living Room Hereford
The Alliance is about both reducing food waste and food for ALL, so this is a double win.
PLus we have so many more links now too with orchards, growers, community projects. More plans will come!
One more opportunity to get stuck in- central Hereford, this Saturday. Join us!
PLUS if you help out with this or any community initiative in Herefordshire we're inviting you to breakfast, FREE next weekend!!
Let us know you're coming before Tuesday 17th!
Sharing news below of Little Pomona's Open Day this Sunday in Bromyard - there are many more celebratory Apple Events over the next two weeks!
This post has a round up of most- which includes the Hereford AppleFest listings and others. There's also more apple fun with the two Alliance cooking sessions with surplus produce for Ledbury and Hereford Food Banks and Larders. Please continue to share these gleaning events, thanks.
"Come and enjoy Hereford AppleFest with us during our Open Day this weekend!
Herefordshire Food Alliance had a great time on day one of the Marches Real Food & Farming Conference last week.
The conference was organised by the @shropshiregoodfood partnership and brought together an excellent programme with experts from small scale growing to composting, to local restauranteurs and much more. The Growing Local team joined the 'collective growing at scale' panel chaired by the alliance, talking about the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) element of the Hereford Market Garden project, along withThe Fold's CSA and Canon Frome Court, an intentional community in Herefordshire.
There were Herefordshire representatives in many of the panels and workshops, including Applewood Permaculture, Alliance member Jo Hilditch joining the 'nutrient run-off' panel and more. We're excited to keep those conversations and to have made links with neighbouring areas in themes of food, tourism, nature. Looking forward to next year!
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner events this Autumn. 100% Herefordshire, 100% River Friendly. Come for great food and to find out more about your county's produce!
Breakfast Was EPIC! More on the producers and the gorgeous food here!
Lunch at Open Arms in Kington was a blast!
More on producers, films from the barn to watch again, punkin gnocci recipe here
The final feast at The Bookshop Restaurant, Hereford - the 14th November is now FULLY BOOKED
On Bank Holiday Monday HFA showcased some of the amazing people and organisations who are part of the Alliance in and around Herefordshire at the Indie Food Festival in Hereford. We took over the main stage in the afternoon for 10 minutes every hour to chat to some of the inspiring people who we are proud to work with.
Things kicked off with Emma Murray-Luo from the West Midlands Grain Network and the Land Workers' Alliance. Emma spoke passionately about the great work the network is doing to bring together farmers, millers and bakers that share a passion for transforming the region's grain system and advocate for local and heritage grains to preserve traditional farming practices and promote sustainable agriculture
Next up was Kitty Stainsby from Wye Organic who farms near Ross on Wye. Kitty runs a herd a Hereford cattle and a flock of easy care sheep and sells her Pasture for Life certified and Organic meat through a successful meat box. She explained all that she is doing to build soil, making sure that the cows eat a diverse mix of plants to ensure their health and advocating the nutritional and environmental benefits of eating less but better meat.
One month to go til the jewel month in the crown of Herefordshire. Archery - a Honey Show - Ukeleles - a BANQUET - Performing Arts - The month of the Apple will have plenty to bring it alive!
Hereford's AppleFestand its fringe festival will have events big and small, a history walk, trails, a banquet and much more. If you have an event in Herefordshire - they will host on their site. Get in touch.
Harvesttime with the Big Apple is also equally laden with low hanging and high fruity loveliness! over 30 events.
The Food Alliance picking and processing project has events too that we will feature everywhere we can, on the above sites and beyond! We'll be venturing into orchards that need picking and making the produce is used well for those that need it. Please join us!
**Updated times and info**
Please share these inclusive picking and cooking opportunities with everyone you know in Ledbury, Hereford and Llangarron (and beyond!) and help reduce food waste - and get people fed - in Herefordshire this Autumn.
Our picking and community cooking days will make sure surplus and unpicked food does not go to waste.
Help the whole county get recognised for its work to make great food happen here in Herefordshire.
This Herefordshire Food Alliance formed in January 2021, coming out of the Food Poverty Alliance and the Food and Tourism Partnership.
Soon after that we were able to become members of the Sustainable Food Places network - linking us to everything else going on nationwide to build great local food econoomies, supporting us with funding and meaning we can get more done locally.
The whole county has been really busy since - you can see from the blog! you can see from the blog!
August Bank Holiday Weekend... Indie Food Fest in Hereford!
The Food Alliance will be popping up onstage with mini showcases of all the kids of work we all do in amongst great food and a variety of music.
Do you want to be part of the Food Alliance showcase? SHouting abou thte great, connected, nature-friendly and people-friendly stuff that's already happening and encouraging more to be part of it?
PLUS - do you know anyone passionate about good local sustainable food, AND great at bringing people out of themselves in front of a crowd? If so we have a JOB for you!
Please get in touch!
Come and join our Growing Local educational team and help deliver our outdoor garden-based workshops and events. We are looking for inspiring and energetic people with a passion for growing and working with children, young people, families and adults.
Our exciting Growing Local Gardens project in South Wye is part of the Southside Project, one of fifteen trailblazing #StrongerHereford projects tranforming our city. From the Autumn of 2023 we will begin development our new Growing Local Gardens site creating a children educational garden, market gardens, orchards and picnic areas. We will initially need sessional staff to assist in youth and adult guided volunteer sessions to help develop the site, and from April 2024 to assist in our garden educational workshop programme for visitors of all ages.
Please get in touch with them and register any appley events, and we'll pin it to our blog too!
An early heads-up that Eaton Barn have a volunteer day on September 10th. Featuring an opportunity to get involved with the garden blitz and a celebration of all the growing and baking that's happened in their recent project.
They've also put a call out for volunteers:
"We need volunteer helpers on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Could you help our participants to take part in lots of different activities at Eaton Barn? An interest in gardening and/or outdoorsy skills is helpful, but it's your amazing people skills and ability to have fun and communicate well with our participants that is most important. Travel expenses are provided, plus the opportunity to be part of an amazing team and enjoy regular cakes! Message us, or contact our Volunteer Co-Ordinator
Foraging Pops Up in this Hellens Festival of Wildlife in August - Liz Knight will be getting everyone stuck in with some foraging. Plus I'm sure there will be plenty to learn about all the wildlife that keeps our food pollinated and growing in great soil - and it's FREE! Hellens Cafe open on the day.
To book sessions email
Part of Hidden Herefordshire: https://hbrc.org.uk/hidden-herefordshire/
Talk Community have some holiday activities listedon their pages - there are more, so if they're not included and you want to share please let Talk Community know. A number of activities have free places and come with lunch.
Growing Local - FREE Family Gardening Sessions Tuesday 8th August
"We made the decision a few months ago to not run our usual childrens and family cook workshops this summer, so that we can focus our energy on lifting our Growing Local Gardens project off the ground. We are really pleased to instead be able to offer families a morning or afternoon of garden activities at our future Growing Local Gardens site. All details on the flyer, booking via Eventbrite only:
Update: We're now planning three feasts, probably over three weeks between October and November in three different locations.
We'll be looking for producers who have food that is working with nature in Herefordshire, and are looking to increase their routes to market and sales. So please get in touch if you're interested in selling us your produce.
Producers - Organisers - Farmers - Venues - Retailers -
Please help make a FEAST happen in late Autumn, showcasing nature-friendly food production in the county for everyone and leading to more visibility of the food that is building our economy AND our planet.
"The Ledbury Celebration on Sunday 9th July celebrates the local food and drink of Herefordshire and its neighbouring counties with an added menu of music, poetry and our historic heritage.
This year’s event brings an outdoor market to historic St Katherine’s, Ledbury next to the 15th century Master’s House and just off the High Street. The event runs from 11am to 4pm with entertainment from midday.
Local produce will be on sale either to eat and drink “on the go” or to take home to savour in slower time."
From the Eden Project...
"We’ve very recently launched a lovely new initiative in partnership with the RSPB, More Human and members of the Community Action collective: Community Nature Trails.
The idea is to help communities create their own local map of the local public sights, activities, events, and projects connected to nature where they live this summer – as another great way to support strong mental and physical health and bring people together with nature and each other."
Have a look at tthe process - could we get together and do some trails here in Herefordshire? Let us know!
Charter signess Lane Cottage Produce will have an open day on Saturday 1st July, as part of Shropshire Food Trail at their farm in Bucknell.
See what goes into growing great local salad...
Find out more about the Food Trail here
Keep in touch with the Herefordshire Food Alliance Blog - sign up here
From local food events, through farming to food waste - we use the Sustainable Food Places topics so you can see the things you're interested in at a glance.
3rd, 10th and 17th July - Pot and Page, Ledbury.
"We are delighted to be running sessions at the all new Pot & Page Community Hub in Ledbury! Come and join us at our fun and friendly kids group with a difference - we all cook and eat lunch together!
Everyone is welcome at a Kids Kitchen Session. Our session leaders will talk you and your child through our tasty lunch recipe and ensure everyone gets a chance to get involved. Don't worry if your little one isn't interested - the sessions are absolutely no pressure and we always have other toys available so they can dip in and out as much as they want. It's a great way to introduce your child to a wide range of healthy and delicious recipes and learn how to get kids of all ages involved in the kitchen.
News from Eaton Barn:
"Our Summer Open Day Plans just got BIGGER!
Jenny Larkham from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Fire will be coming to our OPEN DAY at Eaton Barn on Thursday June 22nd. Jenny will be discussing fire safety and taking referrals for FREE Home Fire Safety Visits. Come along from 10.30am to 2pm for our pop up cafe, green woodworking tasters and demos, plant and craft sale, garden tours and of course a raffle!
FIRST voluteer session on the new site: 21st June! More info below.
The next BIG EAT at the Kindle centre is on 24th June, this theme is Refugee Week with a 'feast from across the globe'
And they have welcomed their new Head Grower, Katie
Get on the newsletter to keep up with the many things going on.
From the Ledbury Food Group:
"The Ledbury Food Group is staging the Ledbury Celebration - our "intimate" festival of local food with added poetry, music and heritage - on Sunday 9th July at St Katherine's in Ledbury Town Centre between 11am and 4pm in partnership with Ledbury Poetry and Ledbury Town Council.
We expect 20 to 25 food stalls with a mix of local food producers and eclectic mix of local street-food providers. A programme of poetry and music will run through the afternoon to keep people at the event.
We still have room for a couple more local (non-street food) producers at the event. It's a good place for those starting out to get food show experience.
Contact us at
Saturday 10th June 2023 11-4pm
Drinks, savoury and sweet - over 40 local producers will be at the fair including Peter Cooks, food charter signees :)
If you're heading there, please encourage stalls and individuals to sign up to the food charter - so we can build these events and build trade for local sustainable food
"Free entry to all. Meet up to 40 local food and drink producers; sample and buy the produce and enjoy a variety of food and drink such as a Hog Roast, Pizza and delicious homemade cake with tea or coffee, all on site. Local beer and wines available to sample and purchase. Stalls covering three marquees, inside the Hall and in the open air grassed area. Dogs allowed (except in Hall)."
SUNDAY 28TH MAY - 10am to 4pm
BELMONT WANDERERS AWARDS & FUN DAY @ The Belmont Wanderers Football Pitches
"Growing Local attended this event last year and are back again this year, it’s a really special day celebrating all the amazing players, teams and work Belmont Wanderers do - we are proud to be their project partners! Lots of stalls, food, drinks and football mayhem. Look out for our green information gazebo and come and talk to us about the Southside project and Growing Local Gardens plans. Regular Walks & Talks of the new site, seed kit giveaways and more.
More info about the Southside and Growing Local Gardens project can be read here.
Are you near Ledbury? Do you eat or farm food? Help make a pilot digital hub happen for good food!
Since the alliance event on vending machines and infrastructure, we've been talking about how local sustainable producers can club together as a digital hub, and how people living in Ledbury could benefit from a good value local produce pick-up.
We'll be at Ledbury Community DayJune 10th sharing ideas and finding out what people think - please support this by:
- Providing a small amount of your produce for Kids Kitchen's activity or as an example of what you sell
- Chatting to people and completing a simple survey?
Please get in touch! If you're already talking about this with Sustainable Ledbury or Ledbury Food Group - even better!
Uber-local sustainable grown apples from Artistraw, Greggs Pit and more at Blossomtime this weekend:
"Come and enjoy Big Apple Blossomtime
The early May Bank Holiday weekend brings the perfect opportunity to enjoy a good value family day out (or two!) amongst the lovely Herefordshire countryside and orchards of the Marcle Ridge.
This popular two day event will take place on Sunday 30 April and Monday 1st May in and around Putley and Aylton, just a ten minute drive to the west of Ledbury.
Marches Mushrooms, Presteign Honey, Goode Tomato plants... local food to be found at the Spring Greens fair this weekend...
"SPRING GREENS ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR - Sunday 30th April 2023
at Court of Noke, nr.Pembridge, Herefordshire, HR6 9HW
By the kind invitation of Edward & Emma Bulmer
Exhibitions, stalls, displays, local food, shelter, arts & music
Demonstrations, guided walks, presentations & activities
Local Campaign Groups and Sustainable Businesses
Dog & Child-Friendly Atmosphere
NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR STALLS & WORKSHOPS
Are you a Herefordshire Secondary School? Apply for a fully funded place on Bite Back's School Food Champions programme!
Herefordshire Food Alliance would love to support your application, and incorporate the food champions in your school in all our other work countywide - steering group, events etc. Get in touch!
"School is the single biggest opportunity we have to ensure every child is getting the food they need to thrive - but right now, that is not the reality. School Food Champions was created to change this!
I am excited to let you know that applications are now open for secondary schools to join Bite Back 2030’s School Food Champions (SFC) programme. We have fully funded spaces for 50 schools to begin delivering the programme in September 2023.
Join Food Alliance members and more at Whitecross Schools bonanza fair on Friday!
We'll be there talking about all the positive steps we can take to make great connected food systems for the future, Billy from Boycefield Farmwill be talking about regenerative agriculture, @growinglocalhq will have grub... Bring some cash to adopt a tree and support their meadow initiative!
"SPRING INTO ACTION!
Friday 21st April 2.45—5.30pm
#Whitecross School, Hereford
Here is a small fund (£500-£800) that might suit your work with young people for Big Green Week.
"child and youth-focused local events, activities and festivals during the Great Big Green Week 2023 that work with, and engage, young people and children."
Watch this space for Big Green week events appearing and let us know if you're doing any...
Another Big Eat from Growing Local at the Kindle Centre...
"Our next Big Eat event is on Saturday 25th March at The Kindle Centre Hereford. This time we’re celebrating the foods of Turkey and Syria and cooking together a delicious meze feast.
Stalls needed for Whitecross School community eco-event:
SPRING INTO ACTION!
Friday 21st April from 2 – 5.30pm.
Come and help us celebrate the power of youth and nature!
Whitecross eco-club, Our Planet – Our Future, have been working hard to design and fund-raise for their new garden, myawaki forest and tree nursery. Jesse Norman MP will be planting a tree at 3.30, followed by a Q and A in the Main Hall.
Can you offer a stall with any of the following?
- Local organic food
SATURDAY 18th March 10 AM – 12 PM
In the delightful Ralph Court Gardens, Bromyard
"Second meet up for Seed Swap, Gardening Discussions and to share each others experiences. Tea & coffee & cakes available"
"The Big Italian Eat – Saturday 4th February 2023
Please join us at the Kindle Centre for our next ‘Big Eat’ community lunch.At each Big Eat we cook up a feast from across the globe. This time we’ll be cooking together a delicious Italian pasta feast, using local Herefordshire produce as far as possible."
From 10am - cooks, helpers and washeruppers all welcome! Email
The Ledbury Big Breakfast - 27th -29th January
A great opportunity to support local businesses who are sourcing their food locally.
Also to have conversations about what local, sustainable produce means - where has the produce come from, and how has it been grown or raised?
"16 local venues in and around Ledbury are taking part on one or more days in this event organised by Ledbury Food Group to celebrate our local food and drink producers and retailers and a healthy breakfast. The event takes place at cafes, pubs, hotels, butchers and delis in and around Ledbury."
Calling all growers, new and old!
"Swap your seeds in time for the new season -
The 15th annual Seed Swap event will be held once again at the Courtyard in Hereford.
This free event will take place on Saturday February 4th between 10am and 2pm.
Ledbury Food Group have done a great job of mobilising local businesses around the simple and tasty idea of the Big Soup- this weekend, a range of local shops and restaurants are showcasing their local wares for this event. The Feathers, The Rugby Club, Handley Organics and many more deserve a visit!
In the run up, Kids Kitchen have joined in with a special activity ingredients bag made for Big Soup with a recipe and activity for families. These have been distributed at the Food Bank and the Childrens Centre, and families have been given a free coupon to their upcoming Kids Kitchen sessions. Soup for All!
"Just wanted to say how great the event was"
"Thanks for the meeting - interesting and useful"
Thanks to the 50+ farmers, community projects, caterers and others for coming to Food from the Shire - it was great to have a full room and many, many thoughts shared. We heard from farmers, caterers, community growers, food banks and larders - and we have many plans to take forward!
Many thanks to the Green Dragon Hotel for hosting, and for many Food Alliance members' input to make it happen.
Click on the image or the link to view notes, links and next steps from the event.
- Over six billion meals’ worth of edible food goes to waste before making it off farms in the UK.
- Combatting on-farm food waste could boost farm profits, bolster UK food security and help tackle climate change.
The Hidden Wastereport (WWF) shows the massive environmental footprint of on-farm food waste, which accounts for around 10% of greenhouse gas emissions from UK farming. In terms of wasted natural resources, producing this food requires an area of land nearly half the size of Wales.
Help us find one solution locally in Herefordshire at our networking event next week - Food from the Shire. Turning Food Waste into Food Surplus and supporting community projects.
Exciting News: Ledbury will hold its first Big Soup next month to celebrate local food and shine a big beaming light on the food charter.
Nourishing food using seasonal local produce that doesn't harm the pocket!
Growing Local's next Big Eat will be on Saturday 22nd October 10am-2pm
Featuring oodles of local food cooked up by you, a great opportunity to see what's possible here in Herefordshire and enjoy an amazing meal too.
KS2 Workshop - The Big Soup
Growing Local CIC are currently designing a brand new workshop to take into primary schools this winter.
"The Big Soup will be talking around the subjects of climate and food through the medium of making a hearty pot of healthy homemade local soup.
October is Herefordshire's month! Here is a flavour of some of the juicy apple events around the county.
If you are hosting an event or visiting one, please help spread the news of the Herefordshire Food Charter and encourage signups!
Kids Kitchen Herefordshire are Recruiting: both trainees and sessional workers for their zero waste, from scratch family food activities.
They say: "We are looking to expand our Herefordshire Hub with NEW sessions in NEW venues run by NEW session leaders!
We have been fortunate enough to receive some funding from the Herefordshire Community Foundation’sResilience Fund meaning we are able to recruit and train some new Herefordshire session leaders in the coming months FOR FREE – could you be one of them?!
An amazing array of our county's best local producers and makers will be serving the best on the bank holiday weekend in the heart of Hereford. The Hereford Indie Food Festival is back after - unbelievably - FIVE YEARS!
"Hereford Indie Food is (unsurprisingly) all about great independent food + drinks businesses based out of Hereford and beyond. This year we welcome some titans of the Herefordshire food scene and our street food market is going to be fantastic!"
Members of the Herefordshire Food Alliance have been co-ordinating, connecting, supporting and sharing across key areas of the food system in the County and this food charter is the next step in bringing activities together - and inspiring more. Food has a huge economic, social and environmental impact and working together we can address this here in our county.
The charter means that individuals and organisations can pledge to Grow, Source, Choose, Cook, Eat, Share - and not Waste - good food.