Around 20,000 visitors flocked to the food fair on Saturday to meet celebrity chef Raymond Blanc and peruse the more than 100 stalls on offer.
The sun was shining for the fifth annual Thame-based event, which now attracts foodies from all the surrounding towns as its reputation continues to grow.
Festival administrator Alison Isherwood said: “Each year is a real step forward and it is wonderful to see all the food producers, chefs and visitors coming to our beautiful town.”
On-stage, festival ambassador Raymond Blanc kept the crowds entertained – as the Very Hungry Frenchman gave expert tips alongside Kush who took part in his latest TV series. Blanc also posed for photos and signed copies of his cookbooks at his Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons stand.
This year’s festival featured a road closure for the first time to allow enough room for all the stall holders to be spread around the town.
There was also a ‘pop-up’ town centre pub with live music which was run by the owners of the The Thatch and James Figg pubs.
Other highlights included talks on wine tasting for beginners and a sausage making class.
For children there was chocolate lollipop making to try, a smoothie bike where youngsters pedalled to stir their chosen drink and a food science class run by Splat Cookery chef Beverley Glock.
After the event, organisers said: “The smiles on people’s faces were all testament to the ethos, passion, quality and dedication that goes into this event and how it has been built up over the past five years.”