This wednesday evening saw the official opening of the Thame Food Festival at Thame Museum, and what a celebration of culinary delights it was! This year we celebrate Thame Food Festival’s fifth year with a selection of beautiful images in Imaging Essence’s Fantastic Festival Photograph Exhibition. The exhibition features images from past years’ food festivals and canvases of celebrity chefs – many of which who will attend this year’s festival.

The people who make it all happen! Festival Organisers (Left to Right) Frazer Sutherland, Patron Lotte Duncan, Debbie Jones, Sally Dorling and Alison Isherwood.

With many of the festival stall holders attending the opening, there was more than just the images to savour. There were treats galore from Just Biscuits, healthier bites from Bucksum Salads, Avlaki Olive Oils and CiCi-CoCo, and some fantastic sausages from Orchard View Farm. Frazer Sutherland, from sponsors The Thatch and The James Figg who will be running many stalls and events including a sausage making event in The Stable Block, also bought along some lovely food.

Festival Organiser Sally Dorling welcomes Celebrity Chef, Giancarlo Caldesi.

Frazer Sutherland was not the only sponsor who attended, the event drew headline sponsors McCormick UK, and Phillip Newman Hall attended from Festival supporters Le Manoir. We also saw celebrity chefs including our very own Lotte Duncan, festival Patron who won the crowd with her welcoming speech saying that “Thame Food Festival is where everyone wants to be” We also saw the lovely Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi, and Splat Cooking’s Beverly Glock.

Fantastic Celebrity Chef Katie Caldesi takes a look at the brilliant images as part of the festival photography exhibition.

This is the first of three festival Build up events and runs in Thame Museum from 1st until 30th September. Debbie Jones, photographer and founder of Imaging Essence, is also the official Thame Food Festival photographer and many of the images shown at the museum, along with imagery from this year’s festival, will be available on a fantastic calendar soon. Thame TV will be working along side Debbie to capture the food festival there – so come over and say hello!

Festival Patron, Lotte Duncan, gives her welcome speech.

The next build up event for your diary is Sophie’s Saturday Kitchen on the 15th September in association with Thame Arts and Literature Festival. The event features Sophie Grigson with Special Gudes Edd Kimber “The boy who bakes” and Lotte Duncan in the Upper Chamber of Thame Town Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Tickets can be obtained for £5 from The Book House in Thame.

Frazer Sutherland, left, with Phillip Newman Hall from Le Manoir and Sally Dorling of Marketing Foods.

The 26th September is Frazer Sutherlands Festival warm-up with Frazers Fabulous Food Quiz at The Stables, at the back of The James Figg. Tickets are just £10 for a team of 4 from The James Figg or The Thatch.

Irresistible treats!

Thame Food Festival is an unmissable day out for all the family, with a great range of attractions from live music, a pop up pub, Raymond Blanc’s book signing, Tombola, Wine tasting and lollipop making, what more could you ask for?

We look forward to seeing you there! Cheers!