Wisbech Grammar School food students join star chefs at Ludlow Festival

FOOD students at Wisbech Grammar School rubbed shoulders with Michelin-starred chefs as they promoted their home-grown produce at the Ludlow Festival.

The three girls travelled with Alison Sloan, the school’s head of food and nutrition, to represent Taste Real Food, a national group set up to promote locally produced, home-grown food.

They worked with a 73-year-old Shropshire farmer - nicknamed ‘Mary from the dairy’ - using cream from her herd of cows to churn butter.

This was then patted into blocks and - with the help of visitors to the stand - decorated with patterns.

The students also brought along tasty treats they had baked at school to serve up to the festival’s visitors.

Earl Grey tea loaves, saffron bread and lardy cake were among the delicacies on offer - with the school’s stand even earning a mention on BBC Radio Shropshire.

The festival was staged in the grounds of Ludlow Castle, the historic home of the De Lacy and Mortimer families. The event, which attracted top chefs for cookery demonstrations, is now in its 17th year.

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Mrs Sloan said: “We were lucky to be working alongside local producers and Michelin-starred chefs and we enjoyed tasting lots of food products.”

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