A tasty line-up for food festival

Raymond Blanc giving a cookery demonstration at last year's Thame Food Festival

Raymond Blanc giving a cookery demonstration at last year's Thame Food Festival

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Former winners of MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off are among the line-up for this year’s Thame Food Festival.

The annual event in Thame Town Centre takes place on Saturday September 26 and features a host of top celebrity chefs and a great range of food and drink to enjoy.

Raymond Blanc OBE will be cooking in the cookery theatre, while former MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman will be hosting the festival’s first ever cookery demonstration devised just for children.

TV chef Sophie Grigson will also be offering homemade food dishes for visitors at her cookery classes while baker Richard Bertinet will be sharing his tips on bread-making.

The 2013 Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn will also be in attendance and will present prizes to the winning bakers in the first ever Big Thame Bake competition.

The TV chefs will also be taking part in question and answer sessions with festival patron Lotte Duncan throughout the day and will be signing copies of their books and chatting to visitors in the pop-up book shop.

Ms Duncan said: “The Thame Food Festival is truly one of the landmark events in the food calendar which just gets better each year.

“It’s a day dedicated to good local food and drink with inspirational talks and cookery demos, the pick of the region’s producers, authentic street food and live music – all the ingredients for a brilliant day out.

Last year’s event attracted more than 20,000 visitors.

“Don’t miss it.”

For more information visit www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk.