Thame Food Festival included on tourist board’s food map

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Thame’s food festival is one of just a handful of market town events to be included in a list of England’s best autumn food festivals.

The popular event, which is being held on Saturday, was chosen by VisitEngland to be in an Edible England food map it created as part of British Food Fortnight.

Thame Food Festival patron and TV chef Lotte Duncan said: “A few years ago Thame hosted its first food festival with just a handful of stalls outside the town hall.

“Now, five years on, the whole town celebrates local food and drink at this landmark event in the food calendar.

“Today, people flock to Thame to enjoy a fantastic free foodie day out and to see Michelin starred chefs rubbing shoulders with local growers and small-holders.

“Tom Kerridge, Raymond Blanc, Adam Simmonds, Shaun Dickens, Chris Godfrey and Mike North mix with an amazing array of local and artisan producers who managed to get a stall at the event.

“Everyone feels as strongly as we do about promoting local food and celebrating the fantastic growers and producers on our doorstep.”

The giant map, made entirely of cake, was unveiled on September 19 at St Pancras Station.

Councillor Judith Nimmo-Smith, cabinet member for economic development at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We fully recognise the impact great local food and drink has for residents and tourists alike.

“Not only do we support food festivals and farmers’ markets we also launched the OxFood Trail app to help everyone discover more of them.”