Biggest food fest to take over town

Raymond Blanc at 2012 Thame Food Festival
Raymond Blanc at 2012 Thame Food Festival

The biggest ever line-up at the Thame food festival is set to bring the town to a standstill.

For the first time ever the whole of the town centre will be closed off for the event.

A host of food and drink producers will be showcasing plenty of new goods for people to enjoy, while live entertainment and celebrity chef demos will add extra spice to the day.

There will be more than 100 stall holders lining the streets and, after their success last year, organisers have decided to have two demonstration stages. Visitors will be able to sit back and enjoy talks and demos from chefs including festival ambassador Raymond Blanc, Adam Simmonds from Danesfield House in Marlow and Shaun Dickens from The Boathouse in Henley-on-Thames.

More than 20,000 people attended last year and organisers hope this year will be even bigger.

Festival patron, TV chef and writer Lotte Duncan said: “We’re fortunate that we can attract some of the region’s best artisan food and drink producers, as well as top name chefs and food experts, who recognise the event’s a great local platform for local produce and cooking.

“We’re also in a good place to be able to give visitors, foodies who come from far and wide, a superb free day out, trying and buying good things to eat and drink, enjoying hands-on workshops and street music and entertainment.”

For the event there will be a park and ride from Thame showground.

The festival is from 9am to 6pm on September 28.

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