Well, what can we say! What a thrill it was to be involved in the fifth annual Thame Food Festival this year, and what a truly fantastic event it was. Not only did we see over 100 stall holders line the streets of Thame, the very best local celebrity chefs were out in force and crowds gathered for every performance in the demo kitchen from Beverly Glock at 10am right until the event finale of the cook-off between Aylesbury College and The Raymond Blanc Cookery School from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Thame Food Festival  really made its mark this year. The event has grown dramatically since 2011 with the closure of roads in the centre of the town for the first time in the festival’s history and a vastly expanded area for the 100 plus stallholders bringing an estimated 20,000 visitors thronging the centre of Thame.

Raymond Blanc, Festival Ambassador, was present all day signing books and also performing in the chef demo theatre with Kush from the BBC’s ‘The Very Hungry Frenchman’. Steve Love and Ian Craddock from headline sponsors McCormick UK demonstrated using a wealth of fabulous ingredients, and the whole day was compered by master comedian chef, Jams Davies. The festival also featured a fantastic Pop-up Pub run by Frazer Sutherland of The Thatch and James Figg, ‘Sausage Making’ run by The Thatch kitchen team, a talk on Artisan Ales and Wine Tasting for Beginners by Susanna Forbes of DrinkBritain.com and a host of offerings for children, including Rumsey’s chocolate lollipop making, a smoothie bike, and Whizz Bang Foods from Splat Cookery.

Thame Food Festival has now become one of our “not to be missed” events of the year, and we’re already eager to put 2013’s date into our calendar! And who wouldn’t? The sun shone all day and the smiles on people’s faces were testament to the ethos, passion, quality and dedication that goes into the event and how it has been built up over the past 5 years by the festival team. “We couldn’t have hoped for better. Each year is a real step forward and it is wonderful to see all the food producers, chefs and visitors coming to our beautiful town” said festival administrator, Alison Isherwood.

There really was something for everyone at this year’s food festival, and visitors came from far and wide to experience the fantastic food, electric atmosphere, brilliant weather and our beautiful town. We had an absolute ball filming the festival, and thank you to all those who stopped by to say hello at our stall, or waved at us during filming – some you may even be able to spot in the video!

We can’t wait for next year, but for now we hope you enjoy the video.