This year’s Thame Food Festival was yet another roaring success with a fantastic array of food and drink from local artisan producers on sale, twice the number of stalls since last year, and over 12 thousand visitors including Brendan Cole! (Our budding reporter Kate Lowndes is still yet to recover from her chat with the lovely Brendan)

This was the fourth year of the Thame Food Festival and we were delighted to be asked to cover the festival again after the success of last years event. This year’s impressive line up certainly did not dissapoint! There was something there for everyone to enjoy, the younger visitors were delighted by the foodie face painting, biscuit decorating and the chance to make a dough hedgehog. There was also a fantastic line up for the cookery demo theatre which was kicked off by Steve Love and Ian Craddock from head sponsors, McCormick Schwartz, followed by local celebrity chef and festival patron Lotte Duncan. Guests were then treated to great demonstrations from Cavendish Events, The Caldesis, Mark Peregrine of Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Nigel Rumsey, The Cornfield Bakery, Tom Kerridge, and finished off by a fantastic cook-off between Le Manoir and Aylesbury College – who came out victorious!

We spoke to Raymond Blanc who re-iterated the festival organisers message about the importance of re-connecting with food. He told us how important it is that England gets back to it’s heritage, understanding seasonality, and how much we can gain from using locally sourced ingredients. (Click on the video for more from his interview) Raymond Blanc’s book signing was certainly one of the festival highlights and they sold out of all of their cookery books by 3pm.

A flash barbershop choir, The Royal Harmonics, gave fantastic performances throughout the day, along with great young artists at the Crash Records tent, conveniently located next to the James Figg beer tent!

The Finale of the festival was the raffle with some fantastic prizes; McCormick Schwartz gave a fabulous hamper, won by Sheila Hoffman from Wendover. There was also a one-day cookery course at The Rayond Blanc Cookery School, which was won by Christine Austin-Crowe, A Fortnum & Mason’s hamper won by Julie Ewing, and The dinner party for eight, donated by David Wilson Homes, was won by Ms Newbury.

If you would like to be involved next year, please contact Alison Isherwood at: alison.isherwood@southoxon.gov.uk