Taste Workshops - Saturday 8th September
12.00 East Meets West
Chris Burt, one of Shrewsbury's top chefs, has travelled extensively in the Far East. He will talk about the food of Thailand, Cambodia, Japan and beyond, and serve you delicious examples of how he recreates the special techniques and flavours using top quality, sustainable and ethically produced ingredients. Old and new ideas combine in this extremely knowledgeable tour of Eastern food accompanied by natural wines from Iron and Rose.
£16/£14 SOLD OUT TO BOOK
2.00 p.m. Confessions of Ludlow’s Favourite Pie Maker
A rare opportunity to hear the story behind Mark Williams’ pie making success. After years of trading his popular pies, he will reveal all about his fillings and the crisp pastry that surrounds them. Alongside his delicious traditional pork pie using meat from free range Gloucester Old Spot pigs, he has also created exciting combinations of seasonal ingredients such as Chicken and Asparagus and Mixed Game and Port. Come and try four different pies each accompanied by an appropriate beer. Kate Pearce from Hobsons Brewery will pair a well known Hobsons ale with each pie, highlighting the importance of complementary flavours, from rich ruby stouts to fresh lemony light ales.
£12/£10 TO BOOK
4.00 p.m. Damsons: an ancient fruit in a modern kitchen
Whether wild or cultivated, damsons have been a familiar part of the English landscape for centuries,and have been used in a range of traditional jams, jellies, drinks, sauces and puddings. Sarah Conrad Gothie will talk about her newly-published book which offers a history of damson cultivation as well as practical advice for growing, buying and storing damsons, and Helen Melrose, renowned Ludlow cake-maker, will offer a range of damson dishes from recipes in the book.
This workshop will inspire those interested in heritage fruits and seasonal cookery to welcome the dazzling colour and inimitable flavour of the ancient damson into their kitchens. Served with a cup of tea. £10/£8 TO BOOK
6.00 p.m. New Spirit Generation
Our traditional spirits now come in a dazzling, but daunting, variety of flavours, colours and bottle shapes, as both long-established producers and newcomers experiment with adding different fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs. We are also offered a much wider range of accompanying mixers. Alix Chidley-Uttley and Aaran Eccles of Tanners Wines in Shrewsbury will use their expert knowledge and experience to guide you through this complex sector. You will be greeted with a welcome drink based on Tanners Hereford Gin before tasting four different drinks that illustrate some of the best combinations on offer in this medley of new products.
£18/£16 TO BOOK