Thame has the pick of the crop this autumn with a bumper food festival – Saturday 27th September 2014

24th June 2014: Autumn is a brilliant time to visit a food festival and this autumn the pick of the crop will be on show at the Thame Food Festival taking place on Saturday 27th September.  Raymond Blanc, Adam Simmonds, Sophie Grigson and a fabulous double act from the boy who bakes Edd Kimber and John Waite, winners of BBC Two’s the Great British Bake Off, will all be highlights at this landmark event in the food calendar. Ride into town on an original London Routemaster Double Decker Bus – possibly even driven by festival compère Ken Bruce from BBC Radio 2 – and wend your way through the pretty market town whose streets will be packed on the day with over 150 stalls of local and artisan produce.

Stock up on some Cotswold cured meats and salamis, cutting terrines and chillis grown on Oxfordshire farms then drink local ales from Brill’s Vale Brewery or at The James Figg pop-up pub, named after one of the town’s most famous sons and England’s first undisputed champion boxer from the 1700s.  Feast on some Filipino fusion food, hot smoked beef rolls from grass fed beef produced on the hills between Brill and Boarstall seven miles from Thame or delicious authentic Moroccan dishes at the Belazu pop-up in aid of both the Isis Academy and the food festival coffers.

Try your hand at sausage making or Italian cookery at one of the many hands-on work shops, which include sessions for teenagers and young foodies as well as anyone seeking inspiration from their kitchen cupboard.  Learn how to bake perfect loaves of bread and become proficient at wine tasting.  Sessions run all day at a number of locations throughout the festival and can be booked in advance by going to the web site

Festival ambassador Raymond Blanc says, “The Thame Food Festival is a special day in my calendar and a day I truly love.  Being festival ambassador is another of my passions.  How wonderful it is to have seen the event grow from modest beginnings to the fantastic celebration of local and artisan food and drink it is today. Don’t miss it.”

Enjoy a bumper harvest this autumn at the Thame Food Festival, a fantastic free foodie day out for the family.   The festival takes place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 27th September in the heart of Thame town centre.   For more information please go to