Thousands flocked to Thame for the sixth annual food festival held this year on 28th September, and we were thrilled to be the official film crew for the fourth year running. We have filmed this fantastic event and watched in awe as it has grown from a few market stalls to over 150 stall holders this year.

Take a look at the video to see how  25,000 people spent the day enjoying great local and artisan food and drink, watching the celebrity and local chef demonstrations and having a fantastic free foodie day out. A wide variety of stall holders lined the pretty streets and market squares of our historic market town, with displays stretching from the High Street right through Cornmarket to the Upper High Street, and more spurring off onto North Street.

On offer were mouth-watering selections of hand-raised pies, craft baked breads, exquisitely decorated cakes and rustic flapjacks as well as fruit vinegars, locally pressed oils and seasonal vegetables, still in muddy coats, fresh from the fields. Street food was hot, spicy and plentiful, with delicious curries and slow-cooked Cotswold lamb, crèpes and local ice creams, hot roasts and hand-made burgers, all washed down with a glass or two of cider or the special festival ale, Thame’In of the Brew.

Demonstrations were courtesy of Raymond Blanc OBE, Tom Kerridge, Adam Simmonds and Shaun Dickens as well as local chefs including Chris Godfrey (The Charles Napier in Chinnor), Mike North (The Nut Tree Inn at Murcott), Nigel Rumsey (Rumsey’s Chocolaterie) and Beverley Glock.  BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce and stand-up comic, food writer and beer expert Jim ‘Jams’ Davies compèred the day.

“Saturday was the most amazing day, a fabulous opportunity to enjoy real food and drink in the setting of a beautiful market town,” says TV chef and Thame Food Festival Patron Lotte Duncan. “People came in their thousands to buy from the huge variety of different producers who’d lined up to get a stall at the event, watch the cookery demonstrations from the wonderfully talented chefs and afterwards take home all sorts of delicious goodies to eat and drink – if indeed they made it that far and weren’t gobbled up on the day!

The Mayor of Thame, Councillor Peter Lambert, commented, “The Thame Food Festival is brilliant.  This year’s festival was very well organised by all involved.  It’s a really good event and really good for Thame.”

Luise Pattinson, who runs The Book House in Thame, which this year celebrates 40 years trading independently in Thame, said, “The food festival is an absolutely amazing event, which brings people to Thame and showcases the sort of town independent retailers here know it to be. Thame’s a vibrant place that’s totally individual, and now the whole town is buzzing.  Events like this really help Thame make its mark – people will soon be back now they know what it’s like.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by Lotte Duncan, who concludes, “I think the event has really put Thame on the map, not only as one of the best market towns in Britain, but also as the first stop for local food and drink. Saturday showed us that the food festival is something people from far and wide are happy to travel to, and the whole town benefited from the crowds.  Many of them will come back, to do their Christmas shopping or at any time of year, having seen what a wonderful place it is.  As well as all the visitors, we also have our generous sponsors to thank for that, and the tireless work of our festival administrator, Alison Isherwood, and I’d like to express our huge gratitude to them all.”